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Bao House by dot Architects

Chinese studio dot Architects designed this tiny quilted cube house to sleep three people, after being asked to design a mobile living space that is human-powered for an exhibition in 2012. Grey cement board panels cover the two-person home,   but some have hinges allowing the wall to open and reveal sliding glass doors and windows. It’s name refers to the wooden louvres that surround the structure, which are made of local timber, as well as its two-square-metre footprint. Made completely by hand in Geldrop in the Netherlands, the canvas holiday home unfolds from a trailer and includes two beds, a toilet, hot and cold water, LED lighting and a mobile hob. “The Cabin looks like an improvised defense/attack apparatus made by a local blacksmith in order to have a better chance of survival in times of revolution and civil war,” said the designers. The facade may look like it is made from padded fabric, but the two-metre-wide structure is actually formed from spray polyurethane foam (SPF) making it light enough to be pulled along on the back of a tricycle. Find out more about this project »
Sleepbox 01 by Arch Group

Russian architects Arch Group developed the Sleepbox concept to provide tiny movable hotel rooms that could be used for napping at airports, train stations and shopping centres. “My question is how can one live on the street but still maintain a facade of looking good and high style?” said the designer. Find out more about this project »
Opera by Axel Enthoven

This mobile holiday home was designed by Belgian architect Axel Enthoven to resemble the iconic roof of the Sydney Opera House. Find out more about this project »
Fincube by Studio Aisslingera

Rather than move in one piece, this small fully-glazed mountain living unit in the Dolomites is designed to be taken apart and rebuilt. Find out more about this project »
Vostok Cabin by Atelier Van Lieshout

For home-buyers worried that the end of civilisation really is nigh,   Dutch studio Atelier Van Lieshout has created a mobile, indestructible dwelling with an armoured shell made of steel plates reclaimed from boats. With elements prefabricated over a six week period, the structure can be assembled in just one day. Find out more about this project »
Micro House in Tsinghua by Studio Liu Lubin

Made from fibre-reinforced foam, the three cross-shaped modules that form this tiny house in Beijing are light enough to be lifted and rotated by their inhabitants, changing the function of the spaces inside. Its success led to a series of further projects – including an entire hotel of the units. Find out more about this project »
Hut on Sleds by Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects

How do you design a holiday home on a coastline that is constantly changing due to erosion? The survival unit was designed by Italian architects LEAPfactory, who specialise in modular accommodation for extreme environment, and was lifted into place using helicopters. Installed in four minutes and nine seconds, the house is made using a lightweight aluminium frame and accommodates both a double bed and a dining table for eight people. This ash-veneered MDF Sleepbox at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport was their first built example, and could be rented for between 30 minutes and several hours. Find out more about this project »
Hypercubus by WG3

These modular hotel rooms designed by Austrian architects WG3 house two guests comfortably, and tip up at the front to lift the entrance off the ground. Each case can be wheeled around on a trolley. Casa Transportable ÁPH80 by Ábaton

This micro house in the Spanish countryside   might look permanent, but is actually designed to be hoisted onto the back of a truck. London architects Denizen Works + Friends designed the timber sauna to sit on runners, so when the waters it sits by freeze in the winter it can be towed across like a sledge   to find the right spot for a plunge pool. Find out more about this project »
Denizen Sauna by Denizen Works + Friends

After 12 years of trying to get permission to turn a disused boat shed into a sauna, the owner of this small wooden building on a Finnish island was finally given permission to build – provided the structure was mobile. Find out more about this project »
New Refuge Gervasutti by LEAPfactory

While most mobile living spaces are for private residents, this one in the Alps provides shelter and a warm place to sleep for climbers that spot it cantilevering over the edge of a mountain. Find out more about this project » Berlin designer Werner Aisslinger created this mobile house for a spot on the side of a mountain in Ritten, Italy. Shutters in the timber slat walls   of the hut, which is used by a family of five, lift up to reveal and shade a two-storey glazed facade as well as windows at the sides.

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