The organizer of the action is the Swedish organization Medium, which plans to show these works, which are a combination of architecture, design and pop culture, not only in England, but also in Stockholm and Tokyo.
Every year, Medium representatives choose one of the countries of the world and invite architects from there; this is where the next Bouncy Buildings project starts. The aim of this program is to better acquaint contemporary architecture and the general public, because these "inflatable buildings" are like very large architectural models.
Peter Cook, together with CRAB Studio, proposed the Bouncy Bigwam project. It will be a mixture of the western tradition of urban gazebos and loggias for shelter from the sun or rain and Japanese garden pavilions for the tea ceremony. The walls of the Cook building are made of separate "patches", the density of which can be adjusted depending on climatic conditions and its function (recreation room, cafe, information center …). Each "panel" will consist of two inflatable parts, internal and external, which can vary in color and transparency.
Sergison Bates Architects draws inspiration from 15th century Scottish residential towers. This is usually a more compact version of a traditional castle, built of boulders. Such buildings give the impression of solidity and power, thanks to their material and the thickness of the walls. Since inflatable structures, as a rule, have an image of lightness and temporality, this project is built on a paradox. The historical role of fortifications is combined in it with an entertainment function, lightness - with a seemingly huge mass.
“The AOC” explores in their project the relationship between architecture and resilience, the very idea of a “bouncy castle” - a trampoline - a structure designed for aggressive human impact. Their "castle" looks like a traditional house - with four walls, a door, windows, two floors inside and even a kind of garden in front of the porch. At the same time, thanks to its extraordinary material, this building is intended to raise new questions about the tasks of architecture in the modern world.