Tiny Bubbles

by Christina Nellemann on November 26th, 2012. 20 Comments
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For someone who wants to be close to nature, but doesn’t mind a little less privacy, a new bubble hotel/campground has been built just outside of Paris by designer Pierre-Stephane Dumas. Each of his “rooms” are transparent, air-filled plastic bubbles placed discretely in the garden of the Chateau de Malmaison, which is the former home of Napolean’s Josephine.

“I think nearly everyone of us has dreamed of something like this,” Dumas said. He built these bubbles primarily to stargaze from the comfort of bed without having to set up a tent.

Each 13 foot diameter bubble — named the Cristal, Cocooning and Bubble Lodge — are fully furnished with sofas, beds, electric lamps and cushions. They rent for between $167 and $270 a night, but if you want one of your own be prepared to pay about $11,900 plus delivery. Air not included.

Photos by Woo Home

 

By Christina Nellemann for the (Tiny House Blog)

20 Responses to “Tiny Bubbles”

  1. Irene says:

    While not conducive to sex or other activities requiring nudity, these are like living in a snow globe. Awesome. :)

    • winnie says:

      Who says? You just learn to be discrete, and drape or find creative ways to shield your visibility to others. Besides, you may find in France that there is more (or less depending on the age and status of one’s viewers) understanding of the physical aspect of the human.

      • gene landrum says:

        This is a great ‘shelter’ of a ‘nudist’ camp! My question is where does the air come from? Materials that can be look out of but not in is available, has anyone used this type of ‘one way’ concept?

        How about ‘Umbrella’ type of ‘inflatable’ tubes vs. ‘whole’ bubble?

        Just wondering, I like the idea, we had huge Aircraft Shelter’s in S/E. Asia! Worked Great, even if one cell failed!

        Dr. Gene~Landrum, PhQ. Quantum Theory of Everything

  2. tinyhousetom says:

    They look like clear igloos.

    Be more snowglobe like if they had a base you entered thru, up in to the bubble.

  3. alice h says:

    I would love something like this way up a tree. Probably not a good idea with all those poky branches though. Now, if I can just get that old Don Ho song out of my head…

  4. Bill says:

    People who live in plastic bubble houses shouldn’t throw knives.

  5. cheryl says:

    If you had a really modern looking house, you could attach one of these in back, and have the best of both worlds!

  6. Bob H says:

    This is the kind of thing you tell your kids not to do.

  7. RMB says:

    I’m now listening to Don Ho in honour of this article.

  8. Gabriel says:

    Being more practical, I would ask where is the shower and toilet. I understand each “bubble” is within its own garden, so nobody looks at the neighbour’s wife in the shower… And, is it UV-resistant? If you get the extra UV in summer, you don’t want it to be subject to strong winds in winter. As I’m writing, I think OK, you have lots of light, but where are the windows? After all, light and ventillation are not the same.

  9. oh my… I’m too bashful to stay in a place like this.

  10. Shell says:

    Very cute : )

  11. zachi says:

    While the concept is interesting… I agree that between the fan sound which runs 24/7, the known off-gassing of plastic and the lack of real of ventilation that this concept is destined for the shelves of Kmart just prior to the land fill after the first rip or smudge.

    Really? This would provide a better experience than the feel of nature on your senses? Baking hot in any sun and absolutely no insulation value when is cold.

    If you cant tell, I think plastic is poisoning our environment. A glass blown one would be impressive.

  12. Christine Ferguson says:

    Ah, it has a basement. Even more clever. Great photos with snow on!

  13. Ric in a travel trailer in Milford says:

    These would be viable if the cost were not so high, the diameter was only 4 meters (about twice your arm span fingers to fingers), and could be moveable on a trailer base. These must be a beast to heat in the winter or cool in the summer. Meanwhile, the French are more exhibitionist than most Americans who are uptight puritans. My defense would be if you don’t like what you see, DON’T LOOK.

    Ric

  14. R'Aneehs says:

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  15. Sam says:

    Funny the snow is not melting in the picture so the unit must not be warm inside.

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