Meet Atlas, a tiny road-ready solar home that combines an RV’s comfort with camping’s freedom and access to nature. Longmont-based F9 Productions designed the beautiful micro-home as an alternative to boxy trailers that obscure views of the outdoors. The 196-square-foot Atlas minimizes its energy dependence with a 640-watt rooftop solar system and water collection system that filters and stores rainwater.
Though small, the Atlas transforms to maximize every inch of space. One of its walls opens up to create a welcoming wood deck and outdoor bar that’s shaded by a fold-down translucent awning. The outdoor patio is separated from the indoors by a window wall and glass sliding door that protect the interior from the elements while offering floor-to-ceiling landscape views. In contrast to the sturdy facade made from a tube steel frame and light gauge steel panels, the interior is finished in wood for a warm and cozy appearance.
The unit is made primarily from wood, glass, and steel. “No nonsense, only pure materials and fundamental design,” says F9 Productions. “Nature often builds complexity from simplicity, we are simply following her instructions in order to better fit in with the surroundings. We have eliminated plastics, vinyl and other composite materials in order to design an authentic product.”
Split between two levels, the airy Atlas micro-home can sleep up to three adults (or two adults and two children) in a foldout futon on the main level and a queen size bed on the loft level. Thirteen-foot-tall ceilings and operable windows keep the 196-square-foot home from feeling claustrophobic. The micro-home also includes a kitchen with fridge and pantry; shower and toilet; water heater; storage; solar batteries; backup generator; stairs with built-in storage; and exterior electrical and sewer hookups.
The unit weighs approximately 7,500 pounds. Clean and filtered water is stored in a 74-gallon tank. Black water and gray water can also be collected onsite and are stored in a 47-gallon tank and 37-gallon tank, respectively. Atlas pricing starts at $75,000.
Images via F9 Productions