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August 6, 2015
From renovated Airstreams to retro-styled contemporary trailers, these designs revitalize the road trip.
airstream Andreas Stavroupolos lead

This 1959 Airstream was renovated by a landscape architect for a unique function: he temporarily lives on the site of his landscape design projects during their critical early stages.  

Originally appeared in 5 Outdoor Campers
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The materials palette that I chose is light in color with a few splashes of color. This lightness holds the space open and gives it a contemporary feel.

The landscape architect removed some of the interior surfacing to reveal the hidden rivets and craftsmanship.

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Originally appeared in The Airstream Life
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The exterior facade of the Cricket Trailer designed by Garrett Finney.

A former NASA engineer, experienced in designing astronauts' living spaces, designed this unique traveling companion. Like any good spaceage design, the The Cricket Trailer is efficient, comfortable, durable, and aerodynamic.

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Originally appeared in Modern NASA-Inspired Cricket Trailer
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While the front, kitchen-end of the camper is all action, the back half is about rest and relaxation. The benches hide storage space beneath and, at night, become the sleeping area (14). The multiheight table (15) serves as an eating spot when in its high

The interior features multiple space-saving design elements such as a central table that lowers to become another sleeping surface. The benches hide storage space while the roof collapses for aerodynamic travel.

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Originally appeared in Modern NASA-Inspired Cricket Trailer
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Hutte Hut prefab trailer exterior

The Hütte Hut is a prototype designed and built by a husband-and-wife team of industrial designers. This sleek trailer is clad in marine-grade plywood and fabric.

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Skye Moorhead and David Johnston
Originally appeared in Your Road Trip's New Best Friend: 44-Square-Foot Prefab Trailer
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Hutte Hut prefab trailer interior with bed

The interior - which is a mere 44 square feet - glows with sunlight thanks to its translucent fabric skin.

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Skye Moorhead and David Johnston
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Revamped Airstream trailer by Burton Baldridge

Unfortunately, you probably can't road trip in this renovated Airsteam: it serves as the greenroom for a club and music venue in Austin, Texas. However, the project is located on a floodplain and can move in the event of a deluge. 

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Baldridge Architects
Originally appeared in Trailer Flash
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Revamped Airstream trailer by Burton Naldridge

The interior is richly surfaced in Mahogany veneer that adheres closely to the Airstream's aerodynamic teardrop shell.

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Leaf House trailer

Last but not least, this design is so "retro" it harks back to the untammed West. The Leaf House was designed to survive the frigid Canadian winter: vacuum-insulated panels, quadruple-paned windows, and heat recovery ventilation keep the 97 square foot interior warm in the worst conditions. 

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Leaf House
Originally appeared in A Modern Trailer is an Experiment in Small-Space Living
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Leaf House trailer

The interior exudes a rustic and quirky aesthetic; the mirrored wall fosters a sense of openness that defies the dwelling's small dimensions. 

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Leaf House
Originally appeared in A Modern Trailer is an Experiment in Small-Space Living
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airstream Andreas Stavroupolos lead

This 1959 Airstream was renovated by a landscape architect for a unique function: he temporarily lives on the site of his landscape design projects during their critical early stages.  

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