Gallery: Berlin’s Wagendorf Lohmühle is a Hidden Self-Sufficient Carava...

Photo © Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat
Wagendorf Lohmühle's recycled and hand-made mobile shelters use solar panels to transform the sun's energy into free electricity.

Wagendorf Lohmühle’s recycled and hand-made mobile shelters use solar panels to transform the sun’s energy into free electricity. Some wagons, like this geometrical wooden one, were built on-site from a wide variety of found materials. Some other wagons have been restored, but all of them have one thing in common: an outdoors area for enjoying nature while chatting over a cup of bio-coffee.

These cute wagons, caravans, and self-made experimental living shelters aim to promote cultural and artistic self-initiated projects all-year-round. Cats, dogs, rabbits, birds and a couple of tortoises with their own home share their lives with kids and adults seeking a more natural way of living.

The residents enjoy participating in open monthly events like concerts, workshops, readings, performances, cinema and exhibitions – all powered by wind and solar energy. There is also a shared vermicompost — or worm compost — system enhanced by ‘Effective Microorganisms’ (EM) – a Japanese composting technique that uses 80 species of ‘friendly microorganisms” to balance the soil. There is no running water in the community, but they reuse rainwater through simple mechanism and treat all their grey water using beds of reeds.

A ‘Free Box’ with clothes, shoes and toys is the community’s recycling stop for outgrown stuff. Living anonymous and away from apartment blocks inside not-so-well insulated trailers and wagons can be great in summer, but is very tough during snowy winters. Whether you see it as a political statement, an experimental architectural village, a hippie settlement, or just a group of people living an environmentally conscious life under their own ethics, Berlin’s Wagendorf Lohmühle makes us reconsider the way we live.

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Photo © Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat


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  1. Emilio Chiloiro November 8, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    avete fatto vedere dove abitano ma la gente non si vede ?dove sono ?

  2. Kaitsu September 1, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    I saw this octagonal-trailer when the owner was building it few years ago. I took some photos to, It’s very interesting! living this way in Finland is unfortunately not possible due to strict laws. Perhaps I have to move to Germany if I “boondock” in Finland. I don’t like the idea of survivalism, but I like self sufficiensy and if economy goes more bad every year, we will see large numbers of “urban nomads” trying to adapt to economic crisis by living in trailers for free.

  3. hsbhatia June 20, 2012 at 3:41 am

    Not a bad idea provided you have sufficient money to take care of your basic needs ,otherwise for your survival you have to work and be close to your place of work specially in case you are staying in a crowded place like Bombay (India).
    But it can be good idea for nature lovers like me to spend a few days holidays in a care free wonderfull natural envoirment.

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