Balloon House Takes Flight

  • 19 Mar 2011
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Courtesy of National Geographic Channel

Inspired by Up from Disney/Pixar, National Geographic’s “How Hard Can It Be?” television series transformed fiction into reality when they constructed and flew a 16×16 ft house with 300 balloons.

Taking two weeks from initial assignment to actual flight a team of scientist, engineers, and balloon pilots flew the small house with people on board for one hour at 10,000 feet.

A video and more photographs following the break.

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From foundation to top balloon stretched over 10 stories high and the balloons themselves are 8ft tall when inflated. The 300 balloons that it took to fly the house set a new world record for largest balloon cluster flight ever attempted.

Courtesy of National Geographic Channel

Source: NGC

Cite: Minner, Kelly. "Balloon House Takes Flight" 19 Mar 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 May 2015. <>
  • podtl

    hehe lovely

  • alex

    what were the people onboard doing? …ironing? washing dishes? watching tv? sleeping?