The Austrian architects and software making mobile living chic
When imagining the good life we are likely to dream of penthouse apartments, beach front condos and countryside mansions. But in Austria, architects are being facilitated to make the humble caravan appear in your thought bubble instead.
The Mehrzeller concept is the creation of a customised mobile living space using a customer-focused software package to shape the basic design according to preferences including number of occupants, wardrobe space, kitchen design and even gender. Once the basic needs are considered, in-house architects then step in to create a bespoke and chic living space for the occupants.
The project, which started at the Technical University of Graz, Faculty of Architecture as a thesis, was a result of support from well-known companies including Simona, Moralt, Reim, BMW and many more - its popularity, Mehrzeller believe, originating from a modern need for mobile architecture.
“Mobile housing, in today's fast paced world has an ever increasing role. At the same time, the desire for a stable home and own personal needs requires customization to give four walls with individual character.
In the camper scene is the call for a new design and this concept answers ever louder and more individual requirements for a suitable and comfortable accommodation form.”
Mehrzeller got the wheels in motion at a preview in Dusseldorf’s Caravan Salon 2008 this week and will be available for viewing again at the Caravan Salon of Austria on the 19th October.