French designers Pierre-Stéphane Dumas and Frédéric Richard have come up with the latest high-tech concept in ‘glamping’ – a glamorous way to experience nature without forgoing luxury – with their inflatable CasaBubble as it is called in Australia, or the BubbleTree, as it is called in the US. This inflatible transparent atypical sphere bubble houses are produced using sustainable materials that rest lightly on a wooden base, leaving zero impact on the environment, which can provide 360 degree views of nature, while pumping fresh air through the dome to maintain a pleasant, calming, bug- and humidity-free environment.
According to the designers, the spherical shape of the nomadic houses provides an inherently calming atmosphere through an “astonishing acoustic effect,” in which “noises outside are muffled and sounds inside bounce back to the centre of the sphere so that people instinctively speak more softly.”
There are three different models; the completely transparent Cristal Bubble, the half-opaque Bubble Room, and the Bubble Drop which is almost fully opaque save for a circular clear window in the roof, offering a picture-perfect view of the sky and stars.
The CasaBubbles can also be arranged in a series of bubble rooms, with opaque bubbles used as changing or bathing areas. Some bubbles even unzip from their bases so you can put in large pieces of furniture or even a hot tub.
Also, the bubbles can be equipped with a ‘dry’ toilet and a shower that uses a portable heater to warm water from a garden hose, according to the architects.
The individual 11- and 13-foot bubbles range from $7,000 up to $12,000 plus shipping from France, and rental options are also available.