Saturday, September 26, 2009

Smart Pores for arctic Moblie-Habitat unit designed by budi pradono architects

Similar to the human’s skin which it has melanocytes to absorb some of the potentially dangerous ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Its pores not only absorb, but also transform it into energy. The skin in this mobile unit contains several different changeable pores, which are used as a device capable of housing all the tools needed to deal with the most extreme climate in the world.

Except the pores, the skin is totally covered in fur, which made of fiber hair not only serves as the secondary layer of the insulation but also a device to support the microorganism to live in during the research period.

The different functions of a living lab – sleeping, cooking, eating, bathing, storage, washing, working, driving – are all organized in a single compact space, which is not larger than a New York flat.

This small space has its own innovative method to easily expand its interior by means of an inflatable structure on each end connected via the multifunctional space in the middle.

This means the mobile media lab can heat up and move easily as a single compact form, and at the same time be used as a community gathering space using this inflatable structure.

The media centric is ever changing and adapting to meet the varied conditions of the surrounding arctic environment.

It has a system of 4 mattracks, which allow it to negotiate tough terrain with ease, and a centrally located ski in order for this system to be employed on the snow as well.

The media centric adapts to aquatic conditions via a series of inflatable positioned around its body, which provides the buoyancy needed and has propellers located on both the front and back to allow it to travel in either direction.

The front and rear headlights allow vision in darker conditions while the smaller lights positioned over its shell allows the centric to be spotted from afar


Designer: Budi Pradono architects

Project designer in chief: Budi Pradono

Project team: Anton Suryono, Ian Flood, Primaldi Perdana

Design period: May – July 2009

General spec:

1200 kg mass, 600km radius of operation, 5kW power generation, life support for 3 people for up to 15 days, Drivable with mattracs and hydraulic ski, Operation between 10 °C and -40 °C, Galley, toilet/shower, first aid facility, communications facilities, workspaces/rest spaces, Stable operation with winds up to 85km / hr, rest bunks, buoyancy, natural light source use provision for modularity of systems on site, snow smelter, sauna, grey and black, water recycling, ability to support 19-inc frame technologies, fiber fur skin

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Bubble of mind

Bubble of mind

The gathering space is something flying in the sky like a balloon or a bubble. A network of these spaces, of various sizes and scales, float freely above the city, each interior a reflecting the wish of the people inside creating their own unique virtual destination, a response to each of their individual senses. Spaces are free to join, merge, kiss and create larger gathering spaces, or remain singular, all depending on the will of the occupants. At the same time a variety of programs which may prompt social meetings also fly around – sports venues, karaoke halls, cafes, and so on can be found, with people free to gather here as they wish.

Project Credit:

A Community Gathering Place

Central Glass International Architectural Design Competition

Location: New York

architect: budi pradono architects

team : Budi Pradono, Adhi Wibowo, Ian Flood, Ajay Mistry

Design date: June-July 2009

Jungle fever

By Budi Pradono in Collaboration with Angki Purbandono


The booth provides a safeguard for border security, users cross the single or multiple booths to get to the other side. The conceptual theory for the booth is a disease scanner. It is designed to scan for single disease and identify the outcome and problems that could affect a large number of people if infected.

When used as multiple booths. It creates a corridor of cleansing that where users are scanned for a number of diseases with final discovery booth at the end to help replenish their system before they continue their travels

The booth idea can be used in any location, and can be constructed on site as site specific project. By using recycled bottles the booth can be unique to each area it is placed in also using recycled bottles it helps to clean the environment and reduce pollution, thus adding a further dynamic to the project

The booth can be multiplied into various shapes and size due to its ability to disconnect easily, through this a corridor of cleanliness can be achieved where the user passes through a series of scanners to be tested.

The corridor can be upwards of one scanner, and be limitless in volume due to the number of disease that currently exist.

Booth scenario

The booth can provide a link from one to another, or can be used as a safeguard to protect the destination, such as across a border.

The variety of material in the booth produces an interesting volumetric space. For a user at the first booth the light will be dispersed through the bottles on the first booth, and will provide a translucent image of the booth behind> The position of the entry point also adds variety to the corridor

The booth combines various elements in its construction> technology comes on the inside through the scanner and glowing illuminated panels, The bottles are recycled and to help clean the environment and stop pollution, the plants that grow from the bottles cleanse the air and provide a natural texture to the booth. The pipe work links the various aspects whilst also adding structural value to the booth. The plantation is only on the recovery booth; other booths remain as recycled bottle facades.

Design and concept: Budi Pradono (architect, artist, urbanist)

Collaborator: Angki Purbandono (visual artist, photographer)

Design team: Budi Pradono architects

Project architect: Budi Pradono

Architect asistants: Yuli Sri Hartanto, Ajay Mistry, Anton Suryono