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The 'Basic House' By Martin Azua Promises Inflatable Shelter (VIDEO)

02/01/2012 02:22 pm ET | Updated Feb 01, 2012

Barcelona-based designer Martin Azua's "Casa Basica" or "Basic House" is being touted as an experiment that "challenges the idea of homeownership," which might (rightly) seem lofty considering it looks like a fort made of space blankets. But its properties are intriguing. It "can be folded up to fit in your pocket," according to Dvice. And then there's that "metalized polyester material":

"When unfolded it self inflates with body heat or from the heat of the sun to provide an instant shelter.

Once inside the shelter, the material reflects your body heat to keep the user warm. If reversed the material will reflect the sun to keep a cool interior."

Azua is branding the concept as "ideal for a life on the move without material ties," and SmartPlanet points out its potential usefulness after disasters. Unfortunately the promotional video (below) mostly features a guy swanning around the beach wearing his Basic House like a cape. Maybe this is what "a life without material ties" looks like?

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