Blob vB3 / dmvA

  • 25 Jan 2010
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Architects: dmvA
Location: No Location / Mobile
Principal: Rini van Beek / XfactorAgencies
Project Team: David Driesen, Tom Verschueren, Thomas Denturck
General Contractor : AD&C Thomas Denturck
Constructional Engineer: AD&C
Area: 20.0 sqm
Year: 2009

From the architect. The design 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 answered by designing a mobile unit, a blob.

As a mobile construction and holding a high dose of art, it skirted round the strict building codes.

AD&C, as a builder, worked 18 months on this project, resulting in this smooth looking egg. 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.

Cite: "Blob vB3 / dmvA" 25 Jan 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 26 May 2015. <>
  • word

    18 months, really? That seems to be on the exorbitant side. Aside from that, I’d be more interested in understanding how strict building codes informed this as a product. Cool one person dwelling–what’s the height limit?

  • jeremy

    This project is really bad.
    There is infinite flaws and shortfalls of the design.
    So much more could be achieved with the resources that produced this.
    Epic fail in my opinion.

  • Tony

    Didn’t Mork fly to Earth in that thing like 25 years ago?

    • Jonjon

      Hahahaha…you’ve got a great sense humour!

  • Jeffry

    It does not surprise me that this project has received the previous three posts. It is that good. 18 months, building codes, and resources matter to this project as much as the field it is cited in. The use of the waffle-esque grid to achieve the structural integrity of the form while doubly using it as modifiable storage (stove, sink, etc.) is very smart. No windows but this is more than compensated for by the uplifting nose. It is clear that the project wants to have wheels and replace the FEMA trailer… of course no one THINKS that they would want to live in one. (I heard you before you made your comment thou dissenter!)

    • jeremy

      I can’t tell if you’re being serious?
      How can time and resources not matter? Even if the project is being funded by an unlimited budget and has no deadline, good designers are supposed to have the ingenuity to use time and resources effectively. This project hasn’t, full stop.
      First year architects could have come up with this in a one day workshop.

  • Andrew

    I applaud the effort. Of all the proto-type, mobile, pre-fab housing designs out there, this one actually functions. It keeps the rain out and the heat in, it has the services of a home inside. It actually fits on a flat bad and has the structural integrity to be airlifted into place. A field of these could look quite beautiful in a natural setting. I’d like to hear more about the budget, who subsidizes an 18 month construction schedule for something of this scale?

    • Another Andrew

      Functions? How could you possibly think this thing could function as a realistic dwelling. Beyond the fact of the constant feeling of being crammed into an egg, having to duck to take a shower and strategically crawl into “bed”, how about normal accommodations like the ability to sit, have a piece of furniture or two, have some natural light when the doors are closed and maybe even be able to see out. Does it function because the walls are plastered with cubby-holes that will only expose all the crap that you would normally like to store away? I don’t see how this thing could ever be seen as a viable living option. I think someone thought it would be cool to make an egg into a dwelling so they went with it and somehow got paid to do it.

  • biboarchitect

    Any Idea what is the material used in that one? is it wood also like unstudio? Can we have any info about that issue Archdaily?

    • nonono

      The material used is polyester.

  • Modern Zen Architecture

    I also applaud the effort. Let’s team up. Maybe have Japan or China mass produce and drop ship these in huge numbers to Haiti…

    I’m actually being serious here. We need more of these “out of the box” ideas, and someone or some company, to take it to the next level.

    It would be a great assignment for Archiect students to figure out a way to produce these in a grand scale, so that thw world will be ready, and well-prepared for the next natural (or man-made) disaster to affect us…

  • mima

    so what is this thing? and who’s using it? they say it can be used for any purpose!? i think they didn’t know what they were designing and constructing! they say: “…high dose of art”. i say: “waste of time, energy and money!”

  • WPstudios

    RT @highrockmedia The Blob: #architecture #design

  • Paul

    might be a silly questions, but how do you move it?

  • Henning

    It seems non-efficient in every way.

  • Chas

    not to be totally negative but I also applaud the effort of this as a conceptual exercise.
    as a practical final design I don’t like this at all. there is no function here at all. the kitchen is nothing more than cubby holes with a sink? is there a regriderator built into the floor? how bout a stove or cooktop? where do you sleep? is the floor cushioned? is a chair to much to ask for?

    why no windows or do they feel that people will love to be surrounding by storage and bathed in orange light instead of daylight?

    what does this do that you don’t get from a decent camper van?

    as a theoretical exercise I like this but as a practical functional object I’d rather sleep in my car.

  • frank

    How is this thing mobile or practical?? Read their description, look at an Airstream trailor and then realize how much of a misguided exercise this is..

  • Michael

    So Marc Newson has moved into caravan design has he?

    Seriously though, for once the local authorities got it right. I would have ‘relentlessly rejected’ it too.

    I agree with Jeremy. This is exactly the sort of thing first year students come up with. The only difference is most of these things don’t get built.

    • Michael

      I apologise, my previous post is disresepctful to Marc Newson.
      His work is much better than this.

  • JJ

    That is an interesting proposal. I won´t decredit the effort. Some say that is a too long timeline to develop such a not huge complicated design. Considering that there are no conventional materials involved, nor a conventional functionality analysis, I think that is an outstanding result of an 18 month of research and no-typical handcrafting activities. Maybe as a normal proptotype It needs some few improvements as well as every new design. The main idea for me is outstanding.

  • Sasha

    genius! Really, I like it

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    How does it get water?
    I think there is no faculty for water supply in this bob.

  • Alexander Sandoval-Chen

    The design is quite nice in my opinion, but the blob’s height is too short…way too short. Look at the first photo of this web page. The man in the photo is squatting and he’s already half as tall as the building. How can someone stand up in there?

  • haley

    Well I think it’s pretty cool. If I went to visit my family for a weekend, I would be thrilled to stay a night or two in this little space. It’s very modern looking, and the privacy would be great. Obviously it is hardly fit for an actual living space.. but for a temporary unit it’s great. Homeless people probably won’t be too snobby about having room for a nice chair or cushioned floors or a small shower, so by all means I think it’s very appropriate for natural disasters (especially if it is as transportable as they claim).


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