Bubbletecture M / Shuhei Endo

Shuhei Endo just shared with us another of his “tecture” series. Bubbletecture M is an amazing bubble-like wooden structure that houses a kindergarden in Osaka, .

More info after the break.

This kindergarten is about 45 minutes by Shinkansen train from Osaka and surrounded by a newly developed residential area. The structure consists of concrete boxes between each of the rooms and a wooden roof that ties them together. The shell-form roof is made of triangular continuous surfaces; its structural strength and geometrical consistency permits great freedom in designing of the necessary spaces. This structural system uses 2.5 m wooden beams and hexagonal metal fittings, factory-made and only assembled on the site. The integration of the wooden trusses and concrete boxes is geometrical but varied, a structure with rich in expressive effects.

Cite: "Bubbletecture M / Shuhei Endo" 12 Feb 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 26 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=13664>
  • rw

    sorry I had to…
    have you heard of Buckminster fuller?

  • 52

    I don’t recall BF ever building something like this

  • MKK


    (oh and 52, I aparently didn’t get the memo where we were told no one is ever allowed to use a dome ever again….)

  • MKK

    er. replace 52 with rw.


  • Troy Lemieur

    I remember doing a report on BF’s Geodesic domes, among his other crazy contraptions back in 7th grade. Strange to think that I had no idea back then that I would be starting to study architecture 6 years after that.

  • Ryan

    I like this.

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  • Guo Yan Chao

    I like the construction here.