Modern mobility has challenged architects and transportation designers to devise ever-more-creative solutions to combining mobile homes with working vehicles. This clever design solution, however, goes another step: what if you could separate the vehicle from the home such that the two can detach and operate independently as well as they do together, looking good in both configurations as well?
Andrew Dutton created this compact transforming camper home design to work equally well as a house and a car, together or separately. Aside from the obvious environmental and material benefits of such an idea, this design would enable normally more permanent residents to move cities in our ever-more-mobile society.
In its most compact form, this innovative camper-and-car combination works within legal size restrictions and can be operated with a regular drivers license. When extended, the living, working and sleeping spaces inside double. Visually, the design strikes a successful balance between automotive and home aesthetics.
Transforming furniture augments the design, making the most out of limited square footage. Of course, for long-term stays this mobile home would need the same electrical and plumbing hookups of any portable house. Nonetheless, one has to wonder why more designers are not exploring this strange intermediary zone between fixed-in-place fully permanent housing and mobile architecture.
From Tiny House Blog:
“The Market for this concept initially looked at the divide created by people who had a desire to travel before gaining any major responsibilities like families and jobs and those who wanted to become young professionals, work and get a footing on the property ladder. This vehicle aims to bridge that gap and provide affordable compact living that can also be used to travel and tour.”
“With the pods fully extended interior living space is extended by 200%, which allows for comfortable day-to-day living. When in this guise the vehicle emulates the architectural environment it is surrounded by to make it an attractive proposition within the current housing market.”
“Materials like glass, wooden decking and architectural detailing have been used strictly define the two roles of the vehicle from automotive to architectural product. The vehicles exterior design aims to bridge the gap between automotive and an architectural product by disguising obvious automotive features like the wheels and conventional body panels.”