Govert Flint


Makers Manual #15: Balloon House

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This manual is an introduction to creating your own panel for a balloon house. The balloon house is a building technique designed to build insulated walls without being illegal. The Dutch law defines a building as something consisting of elements which can be isolated as constructive means. The balloon house is a wall made from elastics, balloons and tarpaulin. None of these elements can stay upright, making the design inconstructi- ble, therefore not a building. Apart from the ability to extend your house with this technique, it is a fun building method to use with kids to build spaces and dividers. In case you would like to use this panel for a long time: use synthetic balloons instead of latex balloons, use hair band elastics and use plastic caps with a U-shape to replace the straws.

Govert Flint is a Dutch designer based in Rotterdam. He has a background in architec- ture and graduated at Design Academy Eind- hoven. Currently he works on environmental enrichment, the future of work and moving furniture. He is one of the founders of design studio Enrichers⠀⁠
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