It looks like a disco prop for a photo shoot, but Basque designer Martin Azua's experimental prototype for the Basic House is actually functional (and fun!).Though it's billed as a portable "house," the Basic House is more like a cross between an emergency blanket and a tent. Made of metallic polyester, the lightweight structure folds neatly into a pocket when not in use. Take it out, and it reacts with body heat or heat from the sun to self-inflate and provide an instant shelter wherever the wind takes you.
The material allows heat to pass through and create an insulated and cozy cubby inside. But if it's a warm day, it's possible to turn the shelter inside out to deflect the sun.
Read More: Basic House is a Golden Self-Inflating Home That Fits in Your Pocket! at Inhabitat
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(Images: Martin Azua)