Ariel Schwartz

The Expandable Mobile Mini House

by , 04/08/09
filed under: Architecture

sustainable design, mobile home, prefab home, folding house, stephanie bellanger, mobile mini house, efficient architecture, green building, portable home

If the idea of spending days on the road in a tent or trailer doesn’t sound appealing, consider Stéphanie Bellanger‘s Mobile Mini House. The spacious yet compact concept home is inspired by John Lautner’s Chemosphere house and has an ingenious expanding floor plan that features a bathroom, living room, bedroom, kitchen, and office. Bellanger’s design also has ample storage space for clothing, books, and more.

sustainable design, mobile home, prefab home, folding house, stephanie bellanger, mobile mini house, efficient architecture, green building, portable home

The Mobile Mini House’s walls and floors run on rails which allow them to easily fan out to a comfortable 252° radius. In case of rain, the home also features a sliding screen. We love the colorful rooms and spaciousness of the design, but wonder about its durability during long trips. Also, it’s doubtful that most campgrounds have plots large enough to accommodate the house. Regardless, the Mobile Mini could one day be an enticing option for travelers who want to rough it while still retaining modern amenities.

+ Stéphanie Bellanger

Via My Modern Metropolis

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9 Comments

  1. Jason Huggins March 24, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    interesting, possible applications in climate-perfect environments, but in canada when deciding to design a tiny home, you’re dreaming of safe-natural hi-R value insulation, but instead knowing you’ll have to compromise on sqft’age because you need 2×6 or 2×8 studs to squeeze in better insulation for -30C winters and +35C summers.

  2. Divalison March 24, 2013 at 12:42 am

    One thing I don’t think they considered in this design is safety! Another is insects! A third is vermin! The person is completely exposed who is walking through these open air rooms. Unless they came with a plexiglass casement which also slid out with the walls somehow, you could be robbed, attacked by wild animals, and stung to death by mosquitos — one of the biggest reasons to sleep overnight in a tent! It’s beautiful, fun to look at the colors and completely impractical.

  3. Hong Park March 23, 2013 at 6:44 am

    oh my god.. i like it..

  4. dhp1952 February 11, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    great!!!

  5. ElGringoAlberto April 13, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Another beautiful concept for living on the go. This one can apparently be towed by a Min!

    However, as was noted in the writeup, virtually no campground or National Park will accommodate a habitat anywhere near this width. And even if there were a spot big enough, it would have to be almost perfectly level. Although my Mini-Winnie motor home has only 4 points of contact with the ground, it\\\’s a major hassle to get it level. With what appears to be perhaps a dozen support legs, each with 2 points of contact, you\\\’d need to raise many points by different amounts, walking around with a level in hand and inserting blocks under all but the highest point(s).

    It could be automated–I could have such a system installed on my Winnie for about $4,000. What would it cost for this lovely place?

    Continue development–it\\\’s beautiful!

  6. jalbos April 11, 2009 at 3:31 am

    I love the Aurorita folding bike in the first photo. A classic in Argentina.
    http://www.rodados-aurora.com.ar/descripcion-bici.php?marca=1&bici=39&linea=20

  7. labmonkie April 10, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    What a rare and beautiful thing when you find EXACTLY what you dreamed you were looking for…sah-wee-e-et.

  8. bader April 10, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    it needs fold out solar panels

  9. NoMo April 9, 2009 at 10:40 am

    Very, very cool idea :-)

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