The design concept of Transflatable is derived from the aggregation of a single inflatable component, which can be easily produced. The aggregation also allows each component to be assembled in various forms and organizations based on its needs, function, site, and performance. Aggregated layers of transparent components will create a novel and unique spatial experience. Modular space filler allow for a diverse range of sectional variations.
Geometrically, each component is a space-filling rhombic dodecahedron or plesiohedron which can be used to generate a diverse range of spatial tessellation through only one prefabricated module. Because of its geometry, it can be easily pre-fabricated by folding two layers of transparent or translucent PVC and welding them to get the 40×70x40 cm module. These components after inflation can be easily connected via a Velcro belt which can rapidly attached and detached for quick assembly and disassembly. Approximately 1600 components are needed to produce an interesting 50sqm space, while for landscapes and sitting areas the number can be reduced to 500.
Anchor points can be hidden in between the first layers of the components of the pavilion. They can be either water or sand filled components or simply connected to anchor points such as concrete blocks. The pavilion can have various functions. It can be used as furniture. Aggregations can produce structure and enclosures. Water filled components can function as anchoring which can be hidden in the aggregation.
Components are porous in their default state. The performance of the pavilion and its relationship with the surrounding environment is further enhanced by attaching an inner balloon inside the space beneath the connected components. This secondary skin shelters the interior space in severe environmental conditions. The injection of dry and non-toxic smoke into the inner tube can transform the pavilion from a semi-transparent into a translucent structure, preventing direct sunlight penetration when needed. Computational Fluid Dynamic Analysis show how the aggregation of porous components enables natural cross ventilation to occur within the envelope.
Aggregation as an organization system has the benefits of ease of assembly, robustness, and flexibility. Failure of a few modules will not cause the failure of the whole structure. Increasing damage will decrease performance, but degradation will be gradual, without sudden loss of function. The failure or replacement of a single component will not cause a complete failure of the structure. Individual components can be replaced while the emergent structure can remain.
The Transflatable is a component which can be simply and economically fabricated, mass produced, easily installed and dismantled. By connecting components in different topologies diverse functions emerges. It can be assembled to produce intimate spaces, shelter or even an urban landscape. After deflation it can be easily transported.
The dimension of a singular cell allows the pavilion to serve the function of being both furniture and building. The structure can be assembled in internal and external conditions and is adaptable for use in most types of landscapes, ranging from parks to squares.
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