Rubber House

"I have often thought that probably there might be a way found out to make an artificial glutinous composition much resembling that excrement out of which the silk worm wire-draws his clew" - Robert Hooke, 'Micrographia', 1665
Project Pavilion for Ruhr 2010
Design Jurjen Zeinstra, Mikel van Gelderen i.c.w. Tjyying Liu
Production Anything is Possible Amsterdam
Finished June 2010
Grant Fonds BKVB

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The Rubber House is a small pavilion, completely made out of rubber. The house can be entered, one person at a time, to retreat from the outside and to find oneself again. The introvert character of the pavilion is reinforced by the hollow acoustics of the interior. Partly translucent walls enlighten the space during the day.

Unlike what you might expect, the Rubber House is all about mass and weight. The house is an amber-coloured rectangular monolith (outside dimensions 1,5 x 1,5 x 2,3 m) in which an egg shaped interior seems to be carved out. One wall offers a small bench and another a windowframe with no view. The entrance is nothing more than a vertical cut in a third wall. The whole house, including bench and window-frame, is made out of poured in place urethane resin.
The Rubber House has been made possible by a grant from the Fonds BKVB and is produced by 'Anything is Possible', Amsterdam.