bluetube bar by dose bluetube bar by dose
dec 10, 2011

bluetube bar by dose

‘bluetube’ temporary bar by dose all images © carlos trancoso / dose

‘bluetube bar’, designed by portuguese  studio dose (antónio martins, carlos foyedo, and luís grilo, recent graduates of oporto university), utilizes the low-cost materials and simple construction techniques of the designers’ ‘tube-it’ system to create a temporary outdoor bar.

the project was designed for the queima das fitas do porto academic festival. charged with the constraints of a 3-meter square area and 5-meter height, dose rolled corrugated plastic tubing in a helicoid pattern around a basic structural frame. each layer was secured together with plastic clamps.

the nature of the material offers interesting lighting effects during night hours when illuminated from within.

view looking up

detail view

the bar illuminated by night

closer look

detail on base construction

view of doorway

left: floor plans right: side view plan

cutaway aerial view of interior

structural render

miniature working models of the structure

construction process

time lapse video of the project’s construction

design-aerobics 2012: POP-UP course january 17 – march 17, 2012

this online design course will take a look at temporary structures, from living quarters and exhibition stands to container stores and market stalls, exploring the concept of ‘pop-up’ architecture.

for more information on design-aerobics courses and how to enroll click here.

  • G E N I A L

    Santiago says:
  • Aren’t we done with plastic yet???

    tree says:
  • Why on earth are we still making temporary structures out of virgin materials?

    40% of the world’s material resources are used by the building industry. Finding enough secondary materials to build a 3mx3m building, when the project has very few material constraints, is extremely easy!

    Why can’t we act responsibly when it’s so easy? If even students can not see the responsibility of the Architect or aren’t creative enough to exercise that responsibility, we are in real trouble. After all, these guys are in charge of 40% of our resources.

    Their professors should be fired.

    james david moffet iii says:
  • Ugh, they’re not students. There is no excuse.

    james david moffet iii says:
  • erm… actually it sounds like they ARE students…. or at least were when this was built…

    anyway i get the materials-use point, but the concept is this: reuse is more eco-friendly than recycling. in this case it seems like they used new tubing, ties, etc. but they’re demonstrating a technique that can also be applied to secondhand materials. it’s less about what this one example was made out of than it is about the fact that it gives people an idea for how in the future, they can do something useful to do with what are otherwise waste materials.

    devin says:

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