Imagine pulling your camping trailer into the wild, then opening it up to 3 times the floor space in a matter of seconds. That’s the reality of Dutch architect Eduard Böhtlingk and his fantastic “De Markies” (The Awning) design. Created back in 1985 as an entry for the “Temporary Living” competition, it was conceived as not just a camping vehicle, but a home on wheels.
The design’s ingenious expanding side walls fold down to become floors, while built-in furniture folds out to create different modernist living areas.
In the center section is kitchen, dining and bathroom space. Under a translucent awning on one side is a living room area, while on the opposite side are two bedrooms under a private awning.
Measuring just 2.00 m by 4.50 m (6.5 by 14.7 feet) on the road the walls fold down to create a large 27 sq. meter space (290 sq. foot).
Böhtlingk’s “De Markies” design was awarded the Public Prize at the Rotterdam Design Prize in 1996.
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