Inflatable Balloon 'House' Fits In Your Pocket

February 27, 2017


This is the Basic House created by Barcelona designer Martin Azua. As far as houses go, it's definitely one of the most basic I've ever seen and rent should be no more than sixty cents a month. Where the hell's the bathroom? "Anywhere you want it to be." I wanna sign a lease.

It's made from a clever material that traps heat during colder temperatures while keeping the interior cool during hotter weather, and all you have to do to construct it is to shake it until it fills with air. As Martin writes on his website, the basic cube is "ideal for a life on the move without material ties. Having everything without having almost anything.

I mean, calling it a house is being pretty lenient with the definition of a house. It's more of a tent or party room. Regardless, I'm still going to get one to use when I'm camping out for movie or concert tickets. Do people still do that? I've been in a coma since 1994 and I just woke up this past weekend. Holy shit what happened to Blockbuster Video?!

Keep going for several more shots including a lady building her house in a field.







Thanks to Allyson S, who informed me home is where your heart is. That's cool but it better have a bed and a shower too.

  • TheQiwiMan

    How does this not immediately collapse? And if it traps air in, how is there not a danger of suffocation?

  • Caleb Cain

    Literally the only practical use I can think of for this is a portable changing room. (Like for beaches, or changing clothes if you're doing a nature photo shoot.) Even then you'd probably have to be quick to keep it from collapsing on you while you were still half dressed.

    Anybody got a better idea?, cause I'm really thinking this is pointless other than that.

  • GeneralDisorder

    Put a rigid frame inside. Or... use a portable air pump to inflate a rigid inflatable frame.

  • Deksam

    Looks like it will last a week if you are careful.

  • The_Wretched

    This is a great invention...until people start dying from it collapsing in a rain or snow storm.

  • GeneralDisorder

    I was wondering how it gets inflated. Apparently you just stand in a stiff breeze? And then it collapses as soon as you try to get in apparently. At least a tent has poles to keep it up.

  • Jeremy Christopher

    This is probably great for a tent backup, if you get stranded somewhere.

  • Richard Hartness

    I would have called this "The Hot Box". Oh well. Miss opportunities.

  • Andrew Newton

    Why is it a "basic" house? Is it cause that's not real gold?

  • GeneralDisorder

    No. It's because it's not acidic.

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