Overtreders W, Reinder Bakker, Hester van Dijk

The roof that goes up in smoke


The roof that goes up in smoke is a seating area for 40 people. A row of picnic benches provides seating, while the project’s eye-catching element is the roof: a large white inflatable cushion that appears to float above the seats. The roof, sporting the con- tours of a cloud of smoke drawn by a child, keeps the visitors dry. Because the synthetic cushion is filled with hot air from the stove it requires only minimal support. Eight light-weight trestles keep the white object aloft.

‘The roof that goes up in smoke’ is a social meeting place that couples a feel-good factor to functionality and iconography. (source: RjdK, Dutch Design Yearbook, 2011)


An ingenious design with social impact. The link between the functionality of the wood stove and the image of the roof blown up like a cloud of smoke creates layeredness in the design. Its simple and well thought-out assembly method allows the construction to pop up anywhere.