Plastique Fantastique Installations

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Based in Berlin, Plastique Fantastique experiments with public architectural works to create unique spatial experiences right in the middle of a city.  These giant plastic bubble installations which take on different shapes in different cities, immediately snatch people’s attention and create a temporary focal point in the city centers.

More about the bubbles after the break.

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The bubble not only modifies the subject’s appearance, but also alters the perception of spaces citygoers are accustomed to.  “It is foreigner which occupies and mutates usual relations and points of view.
  By cropping the landscape, it gives birth to a new hybrid environment that allows an osmotic passage between private and public space,” added the team.

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The installations “crop the subject from its context” and draw the subject into a new realm of space.  Whether people interact with the bubble simply from viewing it, or walking around the exterior, or actually moving through the interior, the piece is an instrument to experience the same physical setting in a new way.

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© Plastique Fantastique + Raumlabor Berlin

These light and transparent structures can lay on the street, invade an apartment or even float on a lake in cities across the world, such as Berlin or Paris, Rotterdam or Barcelona, Massa or Rome.  Yet, no matter their form or their placement, the installations all create “an urban premiere.”

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Check out more images here.

Cite: Cilento, Karen. "Plastique Fantastique Installations" 04 Aug 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 Sep 2014. <>


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    I find myself strangely attracted to these bubbles as to form of art. This is so rich contextually: you can speak of symbolic solitude inside the bubble seeing the world in transparent isolation or economic bubbles which become part of our everyday life… Those installations, although not full-scale architecture, yet carry some kind of philosophical message… they are indeed “crop the subject from its context” and draw the subject into a new realm of space” .
    Apparently we need more depth and philosophy in our projects rather then catchy exterior of computer generated shapes.

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      Albert – Stop trying to promote your own blog in these comments. Not cool.

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        especially if the blog is as bad as yours, it makes no sense to constantly make advertising. albert you should prefer to invest your time in architecture base studies!

        nevertheless i like these bubble studies. the spacebuster van from raumlabor berlin under the bridge is very interesting!

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    @ Nombre I actually liked your blog. Really. Few points though:
    - you smartly provide teasers in English but the main text is German (not cool)
    - you don’t tell us that (not cool – this is Eng. website after all)
    - you don’t even bother to read the text of this article and to provide some opinion but directly go to advertisement quickly viewing some photos. I think you should at least show respect and to read text provided by people (Mrs. Cilento in particular) delivering this informative website. And this is really not cool.
    - being anonymous is so convenient for badmouthing, right?

    Take example from Mies above you. As always he’s laconic and straight to the point. “Less is more”. It is. :)

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      on the one hand to be honest, given the fact that i don’t have a blog, i don’t understand 90% of your comment.

      and on the other what i did was: given the readers of the article more information about the theme – if they dont want to wait till after the break. i thought the people were smart enough to find the spacebuster van on the website, maybe i’m mistaken because you didn’t get it. to your information the main text is in english (cool)

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        Thank you for not understanding me.
        You are still anonymous and your silence about my remarks of how you skipped the text and rushed to publish yourself (you still keep doing this) speaks for itself.
        You are not cool, dude. Sorry :(
        P.S. But your blog is fine.

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    @ albert:

    I think you are mistaken, the link nombre posted is not to his blog buut to german architects of raumlabor, a berlin based practice

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      I can see it. And it is cool link as I noted (even though nombre behaves as a child). But how do you know that “nombre” is not that “Berlin based” practitioner? Right? It is hidden. (unless you’re him/her – don’t think so). Plus it doesn’t change the fact that “nombre” didn’t bother even to read the article but caught a free ride with “le Mies” (gosh, I like his nick!) and simply pushed his link…
      Common, show some respect to the authors of this site, “nombre”! That was my point.

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