Some of the best innovations occur at the intersection of ideas – in this case between the design of eco-friendly floating houses and the design of futuristic mobile homes. The concept is simple: a temporary, biodegradable, portable residence that works on land as well as on water and moves with the tides.
The structure itself is intended to shift with the weather, being tossed about the oceans and washing up and beaches. A double-layer of exterior skin is filled with pressurized air as a versatile and adjustable buffer against the elements, protecting against heat, cold and flooding while letting in light and affording views outside.
While it is not explicitly stated in the design brief by Lab Zero, it seems as if one could simply put these into circulation in the waters of our world and see what happens – a kind of grand mobile habitation experiment with no particular plans, goals or predictable outcomes in which the materials eventually recycled themselves.
“This non-permanent architecture, as a body deposited on apparently hostile places with which it establishes links of complicity, is proposed as a real, operative and contemporary alternative for permanent mobility and spatial delocation. As a form of architecture with limited-time relationship with the landscape, it manifests itself as an event, a proposition which neither remains nor modifies the place it rested once it cheased to exist.
The Jellyfish House is a celebration of the detached condition, the indifference to the loss of traces, the loss of signs of permanent habitation and dependence to the site.”
“The skin consists of a double plastic layer of ETFE filled with pressured air: operating on air floods it is possible to pump into the skin cold or warm air to ensure effective thermic insulation whether outside is hot summer or freezy winter. This active outer soft skin collaborates with an inner passive hard shell which enclosures the living spaces of the house protecting from direct sun light and related heating effects.”
“On the front side a big wall of double glazing glasses with air chamber and osculation systems in between allows total viewing of the surrounding landscape and massive illumination of the three different levels of the house. All the furnitures and mechanical elements are placed between the hard shell and soft skin, revealing and displaying the “organs and veins” of the living machine.”