This was the Future, Vol.22

typed for your pleasure on 22 February 2006, at 11.22 pm

Finally, a new one!
Sdtrk: ‘Farfisa’ by Stereolab

Upon your first casual glance at the picture below, you might exclaim ‘HAY! You’ve already done a feature on the Monsanto House, you filthy layabout!’ But alas, you’d be wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong. While this structure is rather similar to Tomorrowland’s late-lamented House of the Future, this would be different. For one, it was designed by a French bloke by the name of Jean Maneval. Also, the Monsanto house was nowhere near Europe. So there. Nice try, though.
So this evening, we present the creation known as “Bulle“ à 6 coques, or the Six-shell Bubble House.

each living unit (6 shells) was easily transported by truck. the prefabricated shells were made of reinforced polyester insulated with polyurethane foam in three colour-versions: white, green and brown. the bubble blended ‘perfectly’ into the landscape.
quoted from this site

Aaand that’s almost the extent of what I’ve been able to ken (in English) about the “Bulle“ à 6 coques. Apart from that, the interior had its own special furniture line that fitted within the house’s shells, and production ceased in 1970, after only making 30 houses.

When first reading about the detail that the homes were moulded in three different colours in order to ‘blend in’ with the landscape, I chuckled heartily. Ha ha! Good Job, Mr Maneval! But after further reflection, I think the idea was rather fab. You have green for a home overlooking a lush, verdant hill; you’ve got brown, for the homeowner situated at the edge of a forest; and you have white, for those of you who live in predominantly snowy climes. (The white ones would probably be best used as chalets.) That’s Forward Thinking!
A large drawback though to the design is not so much the fact that there’s not a lot of privacy — unless you live by yourself, thereby making the “Bulle“ à 6 coques completely deserving of the title ‘Space-age Bachelor Pad’ — but they just don’t seem to offer a hell of a lot of room. Hrm.
O well. I suppose you’d just buy two of them and weld them together, then!

Random similar posts, for more timewasting:

This was the Future, Vol.20 on December 22nd, 2005

This was a stupid idea on June 28th, 2006

4 have spoken to “This was the Future, Vol.22”

  1. Jeff "Wolfgang" Lilly writes:

    Ah, the tragedy… cute little French children playing in the fields, their cheery reditions of “frere jacques” brutally cut off in mid-verse as they slam headlong into a perfectly camoflaged wall of reinforced polyester insulated with polyeurethane foam… these homes were simply too dangerous to allow, you see. Of the thirty built, only twenty-one were rounded up and destroyed. The last nine are still out there, roaming the countryside, looking for more victims…

  2. SafeTinspector writes:

    Wolfgang:Is this true?!?

  3. Jeff "Wolfgang" Lilly writes:


  4. Davecat writes:

    ‘Frere Jacques, frere Jacques / Dormez voTHUD’

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