Gallery: PREFAB FRIDAY: Tom Kundig’s Mobile Rolling Huts


Part pre-fab home and part RV, Tom Kundig’s mobile home ‘Rolling Huts’ are a tribute to the simplicity of rural Romanticism, much like their predecessor the Delta Shelter. While the Delta Shelter was originally intended as a retreat in the mountains, the owner of the home soon realized he needed temporary residences for his guests, and so commissioned Kundig, to develop a series of mobile counterparts.

Each hut is constructed from a 200 square-foot steel clad box that rests on a steel and wood platform that extends the structure with 240 square feet of covered deck space. Entrance to the huts is granted through a double-paned sliding glass door. The interiors are outfitted in cork and plywood, with walls featuring clerestory windows topped with a raised roof that floats at an angle over the hut. The exterior of the huts are finished with low-maintenance materials such as, steel, plywood, and car-decking that blend into the surrounding landscape.

To remain sensitive to their location in a flood-plain meadow or in an alpine river valley, the huts are raised a short distance off the ground, which was also necessary to meet the standards of zoning in areas of the valley that don’t allow permanent homes. Clustered together much like a herd, Kundig’s huts grant an unobstructed view of the mountains.

+ Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects


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  1. Kris Ciok October 28, 2014 at 5:24 am

    Despite the court battle, I really like the Flagg Mountain Hut.

  2. David Silverman November 21, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    How do I buy one? How much do they cost?
    Can they be shipped?

  3. tekchok August 27, 2008 at 9:31 am

    I think that the frosting steel on the interior adds to the romanticism of the whole project. I like that the underside of the roof will mould when the steam from my tea condenses on the ice cold steel roof structure.
    We\’ll all be laughing when little Jonny gets his lips stuck on the mtl framed sliding glass door as he looks out the window at the beautiful landscape.

    Looks great in the picture, maybe it should stay there. This building will function magically in a climate that is no cooler than 50F or 10C.

  4. sarah94549 August 24, 2008 at 11:44 am

    Yes, beautiful. But of course I\’m imagining them with composting toilets, solar electricity and excellent insulation.

  5. August 24, 2008 at 2:22 am

    I agree with FutureRick. The night shot is fabulous. At first, I thought it was a rendered image. The architecture is simple yet profound, ideal for such a context.

  6. mr_spoon_nz August 23, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    I love them, its good to see there are some poeple who dont want to change the beauty of the land scape but have blended the structures in wih it. Im a student at the otago polytechnic in New Zealand studying Quantity Surveying (Cost Estimating) and Project managment, and have found this website to be a create source of information and ideas. I have also shared this website with the sixty other students in the class as well.
    keep up the good work and keep the enviroment safe.


  7. FutureRick August 22, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    The simplicity in design is not only effective, but the lines of the architecture are so beautiful. I Especially like that Night Shot – I’m not sure if I’m in love with the Picture or the design. I’ll say both! I can see this on the slopes of Vail or Breckenridge, cool stuff.

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