The design collective, Numan/For Use, recently showcased their latest structure, ‘Net Blow-up’, near the waterfront in Yokohama, Japan. The exterior surface is an inflatable that immerses the interior cavity, which is filled with a complex network of interwoven layers of mesh. The interior nets are attached to different points on the inflatable exterior shell which, when fully inflated, act as structural supports, like an elastic suspension system. The nets are designed to hold the weight and activity of a small group of visitors at a time. Those who participate find themselves in a playful over-sized balloon-like pavilion. As visitors bounce along the ceiling, floor and walls, the softness of the structure deforms.
The Net Blow-up Pavilion is an interactive piece of architectural art. The theatrics come, not only in the form, but also in the ambiance. In the darkness of night, an interior illumination becomes somewhat of a projection screen, casting shadows from the inside to the outside.