The jaunty boat-like shell of the Hütte Hut began with a case study undertaken by Brian and Katrina Manzo, a husband-and-wife team of industrial designers behind Sprouting Sprocket Studio. Katrina Manzo explains the pair’s 44-square-foot mobile prototype as “both reductive and luxurious.”
Combining his small-space expertise and backpacking background, former NASA designer Garrett Finney created the Cricket Trailer, a small, self-contained pop-up camper. It’s his response to bigger-is-better RV culture: “It’s not a house on wheels but a portable adventure living space,” he says.
A young couple on the move built a small home that will go wherever life takes them. Brian and Joni Buzarde’s self-designed home sits on a customized chassis by PJ Trailers that’s just eight and a half feet wide. The 236-square-foot trailer is clad in cedar.
The Leaf House is a lightweight, mobile trailer that was carefully engineered to weigh less than 5,000 pounds. The designer, Laird Herbert, used a metal-mesh, open-joint rainscreen as the cladding on the front end, and spruce pine at the back.
Capacious enough to fit full-size appliances and a party of six, the 269-square-foot ESCAPE Traveler redefines roughing it. Designed to resemble a prairie cabin, its cedar lap siding makes it a strong visual fit for scenic destinations.
+FARM's purpose is simple in theory, complex in excution: use a short summer project to immerse students and young professionals in the design and construction process. Since 2011, the program—currently an educational institute, soon to be a non-profit—has built a number of small shelters and installations across upstate New York. Their most recent project is an economical mobile dwelling with off-the-grid capabilities.