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Living Built In

[The architect]
arrives step by step
at the final design,
progressing from
the inside of the
building to the
outside, from the
people who are
going to use it to
the arrangement
of the spaces
inside of it, and
then to its outside
forms...
—William Lescaze

PHOTO : 1969 MEETS 2010
CORBUSIER FAMOUSLY SAID "A HOUSE IS A MACHINE FOR LIVING IN." The most important part of this quote, and I know Lescaze would agree, is the "living" part. The modular built-ins of the Townhouse were almost ship-like in their efficiency, a trademark of the International Style. Having a place for eveything, exactly where you might need it, maximized space and order and made life better. Lescaze even called the 2nd bedroom the "Daughter's Headquarters," and designed it with a place for all a young girl's things (shown at top).

We’ve come a long way baby! Modular interior functionality was mastered by Le Corbu's peers Charlotte Perriand and Eileen Gray, who created vacation and resort homes ahead of their time (see above). Designers and architects have since pushed the concept of modular efficiency even farther into the future. While to the cool (but gas-guzzling) Airstream looked futuristic in the 1960s, new materials and technology, combined with ingenuity and intention, have resulted in a whole new level of "mod to go." Combined with new solar technology, you can be fully mobile. As long as you don't bring along any clutter!
This SOLAR CONVERTER BAG can carry AND charge cell phones, PDAs, GPSs, iPods, cameras and most other handheld electronics.
This MOBILE GENERATOR has energy storage ranging from 9.3 to 45 kWh (390 to 1880 amp-hours)
SOLAR UNIVERSAL CHARGERS are perfect to keep in your car or bag for when you're out and about and need a boost.
Ok, so maybe this isn't off the grid, literally, it's ON the grid. This 100% post-consumer RECYCLED PAPER JOURNAL features a perfect grid for your on-the-road planning and journaling.
<span style="font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;">From the 1960s to now.<br />
Modular, modern living.<br />
To go.<br />
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Living Built In
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From the 1960s to now.
Modular, modern living.
To go.


The first Airstream was launched in 1936, with airplane-like materials and aerodynamics. Although the round shape cut down on wind resistence, it still uses too much fuel to be a viable option for vacation travel today. Take a peek inside <a href="http://www.timelesstraveltrailers.com/gallery/1966-caravel/" style="color: rgb(130, 138, 143);" target="_blank">HERE</a><br />
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1966 Airstream Caravel

The first Airstream was launched in 1936, with airplane-like materials and aerodynamics. Although the round shape cut down on wind resistence, it still uses too much fuel to be a viable option for vacation travel today. Take a peek inside HERE



The VW Camper Van was synonymous with freedom when I was young. In fact, I even lived in one for a stint, teaching me a little about DIY... I once drove from Arkansas to New Mexico without an alternator in the thing and had to stop at Walmarts all the way across the country to exchange the battery over and over and over again until we got there!<br />
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VW Pop-up Camper Van

The VW Camper Van was synonymous with freedom when I was young. In fact, I even lived in one for a stint, teaching me a little about DIY... I once drove from Arkansas to New Mexico without an alternator in the thing and had to stop at Walmarts all the way across the country to exchange the battery over and over and over again until we got there!


This mobile living space, <a href="http://www.dmva-architecten.be/projects/detail.php?lan=nl&projID=68&type_active=project&cat_active=installatie&jaar_active=2009&lan=en" style="color: rgb(130, 138, 143);" target="_blank">the Blob VB3 (created by architectural firm dmvA)</a>, looks like a sculpture and opens up to reveal quite a few surprises! Tthe 'nose' â the tip of the 'egg' â opens up as a porch: perfect for enjoying the outdoors in your escape from the city rush.<br />
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Blob VB3 / Outside

This mobile living space, the Blob VB3 (created by architectural firm dmvA), looks like a sculpture and opens up to reveal quite a few surprises! Tthe 'nose' — the tip of the 'egg' — opens up as a porch: perfect for enjoying the outdoors in your escape from the city rush.


PHOTO : Vercruysse Frederik
Inside <a href="http://www.dmva-architecten.be/projects/detail.php?lan=nl&projID=68&type_active=project&cat_active=installatie&jaar_active=2009&lan=en" style="color: rgb(130, 138, 143);" target="_blank">the Blob</a> lies all the capabilities for a kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, lighting and lots of nooks for your stuff. We thought it was one to inspire!
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Blob VB3 / Inside

Inside the Blob lies all the capabilities for a kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, lighting and lots of nooks for your stuff. We thought it was one to inspire!

PHOTO : Vercruysse Frederik
Now <a href="http://designhits.blogspot.com/2009/03/and-every-occasion-ill-be-ready-for.html" style="color: rgb(130, 138, 143);" target="_blank">THIS</a> is a mobile home. Complete with hammock, shower, living area and sleeping nook.<br />
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PACO

Now THIS is a mobile home. Complete with hammock, shower, living area and sleeping nook.


PHOTO : Schemata Architecture
BOB is "a hybrid home of the future, a mobile living tool for tomorrowâs generation of nomadic wanderers. Somewhere between a tent, a house and a Winnebago, BOB explores the relationship between the basic human requirements of travel and shelter."<br />
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Click <a href="http://www.maynardarchitects.com/Site/houses/Pages/BOB.html" style="color: rgb(130, 138, 143);" target="_blank">HERE</a> to see a slideshow of how it unfolds.<br />
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BOB, open for living

BOB is "a hybrid home of the future, a mobile living tool for tomorrow’s generation of nomadic wanderers. Somewhere between a tent, a house and a Winnebago, BOB explores the relationship between the basic human requirements of travel and shelter."

Click HERE to see a slideshow of how it unfolds.


PHOTO : Maynard Architects
Also from the minds of Maynard Architects, <a href="http://www.maynardarchitects.com/Site/houses/Pages/Design_Pod.html" style="color: rgb(130, 138, 143);" target="_blank">The Design Pod</a> "offers the individual the opportunity to control their work environment and further more give them the opportunity to manipulate and move their work station into any environment desired."<br />
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The Design Pod

Also from the minds of Maynard Architects, The Design Pod "offers the individual the opportunity to control their work environment and further more give them the opportunity to manipulate and move their work station into any environment desired."


PHOTO : Maynard Architects
Part public art, part kid's climbing wall, and all cozy shady space for reading. The whole "house" rolls easily and is fixed in position with child-proof legs. A nature-inspired nest! Visit <a href="http://www.charliewhinney.com" style="color: rgb(130, 138, 143);" target="_blank">Charlie Whinney</a>'s site for lots of inspirational concepts.<br />
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Rolling Summer House

Part public art, part kid's climbing wall, and all cozy shady space for reading. The whole "house" rolls easily and is fixed in position with child-proof legs. A nature-inspired nest! Visit Charlie Whinney's site for lots of inspirational concepts.


PHOTO : Charlie Whinney
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