Blob VB3

Client: VB
Location: Kemzeke
Realization: 2007 – 2009
Design team: David Driesen, Tom Verschueren, Thomas Denturck
Engineer Techniques: AD&C
Photography: Frederik Vercruysse
Surface: 20 m²
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The design dmvA made for the office of XfactorAgencies, as an extension to the house, was relentlessly rejected by local building regulations. Used to working with limitations and blurring these boundaries at the same time, dmvA responded by designing a mobile unit, a blob. As a mobile construction and holding a high dose of art, it skirted around the strict building codes. The builder AD&C worked 18 months on this project, resulting in this smooth looking egg.

Started by building a timber frame, covered it up with a stretching material and plastered with polyester. Shaped by sanding the polyester time and time again. Inside, the space was built up with niches, lighted by leds. The space in between the outer in inner shell was filled up with PUR insulation. This space-egg houses all necessary items one could possibly need; bathroom, kitchen, lighting, a bed and several niches to store your stuff. The nose can be opened automatically and functions as a kind of porch. You could easily use this mobile unit as an office, a guestroom, a reception, a garden-house, or whatever you want to.The material used is polyester, sizes are like a big caravan and it can be moved to any place you like.

Energetic concept
As Flanders is known as one of the most built over regions in the world, sustainability is here indissolubly linked to intelligent utilization of land. Small mobile house entities may respond to the lack of open space and green.

Flexibility means sustainability
No fixed constructions but movable dwelling objects which can be grouped on the outskirts of towns and villages. One of the initial concepts was the ecological and energetic aspect of the design of the Blob VB3. This search led to a compact and organic form, shaped like a drop and constructed with an inner and outer skin of polyester. Service facilities like kitchenette and sanitary as well as storing and techniques were placed in between. The space left was injected with polyurethane foam. The well-insulated walls, the light reflecting colour white, as well as the unfolding segments (cupola and nose), which allow light entrance without direct sunlight on the glazed parts behind, contribute to this well-energetic concept.

Art foundation Verbeke in Kemzeke (www.verbekefoundation.com) bought the Blob in 2011.

Energetic concept
As Flanders is known as one of the most built over regions in the world, sustainability is here indissolubly linked to intelligent utilization of land. Small mobile house entities may respond to the lack of open space and green.

Flexibility means sustainability
No fixed constructions but movable dwelling objects which can be grouped on the outskirts of towns and villages. One of the initial concepts was the ecological and energetic aspect of the design of the Blob VB3. This search led to a compact and organic form, shaped like a drop and constructed with an inner and outer skin of polyester. Service facilities like kitchenette and sanitary as well as storing and techniques were placed in between. The space left was injected with polyurethane foam. The well-insulated walls, the light reflecting colour white, as well as the unfolding segments (cupola and nose), which allow light entrance without direct sunlight on the glazed parts behind, contribute to this well-energetic concept.

Art foundation Verbeke in Kemzeke (www.verbekefoundation.com) bought the Blob in 2011.