The SolarBubbleBuild is the first operational building of its kind in Europe. It is one of a handful of uniquely sustainable buildings around the world that makes use of interior-environment control systems commonly know as Solaroof technology.
To the lay observer, the most distinguishing feature of a Solaroof building would most likely be the use of liquid bubbles to create insulation. When required, a mass of soap bubbles are held between two transparent skins that form the roof and walls of a Solaroof building to provide a thick transparent blanket of insulation or cooling shading. There are other integral components and processes working within the building, but for anyone meeting with the project for the first time, the bubbles must be the most exciting and memorable element. Thus the name of my own project was arrived at with this thought in mind.
Simply, this site aims to present clearly what has been learnt in the designing, building and running of this particular build and subsequent builds. It is also the aim of this site to provide an accessible overview
of Solaroof technology and how it is being utilised and developed around the world.
My name is Harvey Rayner and I am the author of this site and the owner, builder and designer of the Wrentham Solar Bubble Build. Up until commencing this build in the autumn 2004 my attention has been focused solely on the work I have undertaken as an artist, Contemporary Art And Design By Root2art
Architecture has been a long held passion for me, but my unwillingness to engage in academic study has kept me pursuing an any real investigation into this field. Now having started this project, initially as a practical solution to expanding my wife's rare herb growing business, I have become engrossed in the process of designing, building and developing this technology.
Increasingly, I am viewing this work as an inroad towards one day creating pure and functional architectural forms. For me, this new breed of building gets right to the heart of how form can follows function. I believe with this technology as a starting point, unique structures can be derived which reflect the beauty of the inner workings of this truly sustainable building solution.