Good building design, to paraphrase, can hide inside very small structures. At first glance it looks just like a full-sized luxury motor home – but the illusion of a large solid volume of spaces comes from a temporary tent-like structure.
This layered enclosure folds out of a remarkably sleek, compact and modern-looking trailer attachment many times smaller than the full-scale living-and-dining area that it can convert into. It is aptly named Opera, perhaps for its visual similarity to the famous music hall in Sydney, by designer Axel Enthoven.
Built-in cabinetry, hardwood floors, two beds, a toilet, hot and cold running water and LED lighting are all constructed as part of the core bottom structure, while the top tent area is crafted from thick canvas.
In short: this pop up camper trailer is the best of both worlds – luxurious motor-home-worthy features in the base and an extensive over-the-top cover for weather and privacy protection, all in an ultra-mobile attached trailer that can easily travel and consumes far less fuel than a full-scale camper.
“It is not a tent, not a caravan and not a motor home. The new mobile holiday home designed by Axel Enthoven has been christened Opera for its striking shape, reminiscent of the Sydney Opera House. The subtitle chosen is Your Suite in Nature to suggest the best of hotel rooms, but in the heart of nature in this case.”
“The Opera allows you to stay in the most beautiful places, but with the luxury of a wine cabinet, warm-air heating, espresso bar and an enclosed teak veranda. This nomadic, contemporary living tent offers the quality of a luxury yacht combined with the outdoor feeling of camping under canvas. The Opera will be presented for the first time at the Design at Work trade fair in Kortrijk in December.”