Inflatable Resilient Structures

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The pneumocell architecture is created by a series of shapes, all with the same edge length, that can be joined together to form an unlimited number of shapes and sizes. These cells enable a resilient design that is capable of rapid alteration.

Key Differentiators

Pneumocell structures are composed of standardized building blocks that can be constructed from several types of materials. Since they are inflatable they use minimal materials and take up a very small amount of space prior to final assembly. The structures can be rapidly assembled in varying shapes and sizes. Single damaged components can be easily replaced, imparting substantial resilience on the structure. There are several sustainability advantages. One is that by being lightweight, less fuel is needed to transport the structures to events and because they are flexible, they don’t require a heavy platform to sit on uneven ground, also reducing the shipping costs. Pneumocell elements consist out of pure TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane), instead of PVC. TPU is 100% recycable and unlike PVC, this material burns residue free and without emitting any toxic exhaust fumes. TPU does not contain any plasticizers nor chlorine, which are permanently emitted by other kinds of soft plastic materials accompanied by the typical plastic odor.

Biomimicry Story

Biological tissues are created out of many cells. These cells join together in a specific sequence in order to produce a high performance tissue. The joining of these cell types allows for resilient functioning, and often when one cell is damaged it can be easily replaced without loss of function for the entire function. This idea inspired the pneumocell architecture.

Challenges Solved

Low cost, resilient architecture systems, temporary architecture.

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