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The Inflatable Architecture of Plastique Fantastique

Plastique Fantastique's pneumatic structures were originally conceived in 1999 through necessity: "The fact that we used plastic was just due to the fact that we had no money," explains the firm's founder Marco Canevacci. "So, plastic was just the cheapest material we could imagine, and you can join parts very easily and you can create very simple architectures. By using a hot air blower, those architectures become warm places to stay." By using warm air to inflate the structures, their office became a landscape of heated pods in an otherwise cold space. However, through their continued experiments over almost two decades, Plastique Fantastique's pneumatic interventions have now come to make the case for an ephemeral, temporary, and whimsical architecture. Their work now continues a lineage started by the experimental utopian group Haus-Rucker-Co, whose own pneumatic structures of the 1960s were disposable, free-wheeling creations which both literally and metaphorically played with the boundaries of a world they saw as staid, rigid, and dull.

Last year, Plastique Fantastique was invited to the 180 Creative Camp held by Canal 180 in Abrantes, Portugal, where their giant, inhabitable Strawberry Ice Cream Cone took over a public place to provide a unique and fun spatial experience. To mark this event, Canal 180 produced a short film highlighting some key recent projects by the firm and documenting the construction of their latest work. Watch the video above, and read on to see more images of the installation in Abrantes.

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180 Creative Camp 2016: Not That Kind Of Camp

For the 5th year, Canal180 will host the 180 Creative Camp - an 8 day Media Arts Academy, from 3rd to 10th July in Abrantes, Portugal. We aim to provide a time and place for young creators, invited artists and thinkers to learn together, exchange experiences and give birth to new collaborations and projects.

Camping in Abrantes / atelier Rua

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Abrantes, Portugal
  • Architects: atelier Rua
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  6950 Area:  6950

Abrantes Municipal Market / ARX Portugal

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Abrantes, Portugal
  • Architects: ARX PORTUGAL
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1280 Area:  1280
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015 Year:  2015

180 Creative Camp 2015

From July 5th to 12th 180 Creative Camp will invade the center of Portugal, bringing to Abrantes unique creative collaborations between several celebrated national and international artists in areas like street art, video, design, music and architecture.

Everyone is invited to participate in this special week in Abrantes, watch and take part in the activities - from concerts, to workshops and talks - and work with the artists that will be a part of 180 Creative Camp.

Street artist INSA, director Alex Turvey, electronic musician Iago Lewis, German collective Plastique Fantastique and multidisciplinary artist Christopher Derek Bruno are some of the names that 180 Creative Camp is bringing to Abrantes during the week of July 5th to 12th.