Ingenuity is transforming the concept of mobile living as more and more people globally are looking to downsize. Whether considering downsizing for health reasons, ecological reasons, retirement reasons, or simply a lifestyle change, designers like Mehdi Hidari Badie are allowing people to achieve luxury living in the smallest of homes. Badie’s intricate modern mobile home design offers comfort, style, and sustainability by using inventive small-space solutions while preserving the ease of travel.
Mehdi Hidari Badie’s creative design consists of an assortment of steel, aluminum, recycled plastics, and thermoplastic insulation reducing the economic impact of the build. The home itself is powered by a solar panel system to provide electricity to a comfortable and functional living area encompassed with your very own private deck. Its expansive concept, sleek exterior paneling, and architectural style make it unrecognizable as a mobile home once it’s been unfolded.
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I’m curious, would you ever consider a design like this for your future tiny or small home? And where would you plan on putting it?
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Cool! Reminds me of George Jetson’s car folding down into a briefcase! 🙂
Fabulous!!!!! But the price?
That is certainly my question. There are a LOT of solar panels there. What is the output expected on a sunny day vs a rainy day?
At the moment homes like this are really only “concept designs”. BUT… just as once upon a time Capt. Kirk’s “communicator” was only a futuristic concept, it eventually turned into our very common “flip phone”. I think housing like this has much to offer as we struggle to go Green and try to come to terms with living inside a sustainable reality (before we destroy the planet and ourselves into complete and utter extinction.) One day, the THOW’s that we are so lovingly building will be looked upon as charming antiques and relics of the past as we transition into solar living in fold-up housing such as this. Great job and very interesting!
I totally agree! I hope my first home will be self sufficient and I’ll know how to fix it myself!
I love it esp. the solar thing
Yes I would! This is a great concept. I’d love to see a prototype of this. Most interesting to me is the way the solar panels are arranged to harness light from sun-up to sun-down. (I know panels can be automated to rotate with the sun but don’t know whether that would actually be more cost effective than this panel arrangement.) I like the deck very much -you have to have a porch or a deck. 🙂
Great concept. Like where this is going. I do wonder as well as what the cost of something like this would be. Even though this is on wheels I could see this as something that could be set up as an on site home as well.
We need more concept ideas to help the TH industry grow and to inform people of the advantages of TH living. would like to see more TH concepts.
I’d absolutely love something like this if I had tons of money. One thing occurs – I guess storage would be pretty much impossible in the fold-out parts?
Still, extra incentive to shed stuff, no?
I’d like to see an actual one. I hope on gets built and pictures are posted here.
I absolutely Love this concept. I have 1.5 years to build time and am considering ALL options at this point. One of the drawbacks of tiny house living is the actual entertaining area. I now have grandchildren so to accommodate them, each of my floor plans were getting longer, but I don’t want to tow anything more than 28 ft max. Implementing something like this for one side of my TH plans would make all the difference in the world. I rate it Doable.
YES! I would love it!
Am also looking at all different designs but definitely want to utilize solar and want it mobile. Loved this look!
This is a beautiful design! I have lots of questions though…Price? Once this design is opened are there built-in furnishings, kitchen sink, toilet, bed??? How big is it? Opened fully? Closed? Thanks!
The Dream House. But where do you put furniture, etc when it is folded up????
Folding furniture. Just saw sink that folds into the wall. Few things that I can’t imagine could be compacted: refrigerator, washer/dryer…no wait, that could be a washer/dryer room (imagine a car wash room or convertible shower area that washes and blows dry). Yep. I want one.
I suppose this would be ideal for a barren land area such as the dessert or perhaps polar areas where you get the most sun. Like another person said, where is the furniture stored or are they built in like another folding house that has been featured? Perhaps some colored windows would reduce some of the blinding bright light reflections and add more colorful beauty.
Glad to see others are wondering where the heck the furniture is when folded up. Alex can you let us know? Otherwise a super cool idea.
Folditure.com has some great products; e.g, dining for 20 people, stored hanging in a closet on 20″ of a clothes rod.
Folditure.com has some interesting stuff though it looks futuristic and complicated. I am a big fan of fod away furniture especially in a THOW because they are out of the way if not needed. There are more simple solutions. The biggest space saving thing is the bed. For me lifting it up to the ceiling is best because you don’t need to fix nothing and its always ready to use. Much better than a cramped sleeping loft. But dining table, chairs, working desk, even comfy chairs are others.
I agree. I like the idea of using counter-balancing; no electricity. However, deploying and locking, both up and down, must be easy. I prefer a tray ceiling when the bed is down, and a coffered ceiling when the bed is up.
Too many moving sections, leaks will form sooner or later. Great concept.
A great concept indeed. Small to be towed – gig when parked. However, I tried to get in touch with this people but failed.
Love, love this look. Would live in.
Hmmm…looks complicated… :/
This is a wonderful concept. I’m thinking new designs in furniture, lighter weight building materials. I already sleep on an air mattress over a collapsible frame. There are so many possibilities! Keep us posted…I just may be able to afford my own home if these are built affordably and accepted. ♡
This is very cool, and I too think of George Jetson in its futuristic design. I am hesitant to say this (because I don’t want to be booed LOL) but I am a person who really doesn’t like too many windows, esp since you don’t always seem to see them with coverings at night. I am a more private type of person and love the light during the day but also want wall space to display my art work. JMHO.
Good point, Sarah! Thanks!
Have there been preliminary estimates of cost to build?
What is the overall footprint dimensions when fully deployed? What are the primary materials, weight, towing considerations.
Has anyone working on a prototype? I’ve been looking for something like this since I started reading the Tiny Home website… It is a wonderful concept and I’d love to build one!
Looks made to order for Hawaii. Many people already have outdoor kitchens and showers. I rarely cover my windows, want the ocean and mountain views available and my neighbors aren’t too near. Living water has proven to be the most calming artwork I have experienced in my many years of living.
Sold. This is so great I don’t even care about furniture.
Not to offend anyone, but I don’t believe these homes have any place in the future – they are just too inpractical. No plumbing could be placed on the walls that fold up, and you would have to store all of the furniture (bed, couch, table, etc. ) in a space one third of the intended size while travelling. I think it is a great concept, but if anyone actually were using this home and going across the country with it, they would certainly have a but of trouble.
Good points Sabrina. PLUS… due to all the folding bits you open yourself to multiple points of water ingress, plus cold air as well. Looks like it could be nice but I think the practicalities wouldn’t work.
Of course, if the designer built one and used it for a year they may be correct. But I’ve got $10 saying “I Don’t Think So.”
I agree and there are too many parts that can go wrong and then you are in deep trouble. In desert or dusty climates all that lubricant needed is going to get clogged up.
The design is great. I think it looks OK. My concern is that it’s a great idea, but it’s not clear to me how practical it is. I mean, this is just a (computer graphic) sketch.
Off the top of my head:
Does it leak?
What is the design life of the mechanical assemblies?
Does it take motors, hydraulics, etc?
What R rating are the walls?
What’s the weight, and is it road legal?
I mean, you can say “folding furniture” but until there’s a real design, that’s just hand waving. I have some serious doubts everything would fold up along with furniture, the walls, the plumbing, the solar panels, belongings, etc. (and not leak and be drafty).
Would love to see an actual build though!
== John ==
great, love it . Cost estimate and who can built this
I think it’s a cool idea. My issue with these expando places, be it a bump out RV, or tiny, is that you have to either cram all your stuff for the space expanded within the main nonexpanded space until you expand it. Or you have nothing to use in the expanded space. So I’ve never thought that it was that adventagious. Unless you want to exercise or something in the expanse.
I love it.