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Jean-Benjamin Maneval Bubble House, circa 1968, France


Jean-Benjamin Maneval Bubble House (Maison Bulle). Entirely renovated with customized elements 40 m2 (400 ft2) Interior Space Fiberglass structure Made of 6 Identical InterJoining shells circa 1968, France. Very good vintage condition. Jean Maneval’s “six shell” bubble concept was first designed in 1965 and produced in 1968 by the company Batiplastique. A total of twenty identical “bubble-houses” were first factory-built, requiring minimum installation at the building-site and which, thanks to their shape and their color (white, green, brown) blended perfectly with the landscape. Each pod is made up of six shells, which are joined together by waterproof, easily-removable seals, and is suspended on a metal framework, which rests on a concrete base and supports the floor. The six-shell bubble house is one of the first French examples of plastic architecture. Lightweight, resistant, easy to shape, inexpensive to produce, plastic allows here the realization of a nomadic architecture, easily transportable and quickly mountable (three days maximum). In addition, Maneval registered his house in the Pop movement characteristic of the period. The choice of curved shapes, bright colors, low-priced marketing, make this house an anticonformist and futuristic home, both an object of consumption and Industrial architecture. Formed both as architect and urban planner, Jean Maneval (1923-1986) participated in the reconstruction of post-war France. In the 1960s, he was one of the first to exploit the possibilities offered by plastic materials in architecture.


H 174 in. x Dm 272 in.H 441.96 cm x Dm 690.88 cm


272 in. (690.88 cm)