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Extendible Caravan with Tent Roofs | 1985 | Membrane | Netherlands

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General information
Location address Almere
Location country Netherlands
Year of construction 1985
Function of building Entertainment & recreation
Climatic zone Temperate - cold winters and mild summers
Short description of the project In contrast to conventional caravans, this "marquee" type provides scope for extension by allowing the side walls to be folded down. The 2,2 x 4,5 m core, which accomodates the kitchen, dining space, bathroom and WC, can thus be enlarged to the size of a small house 4,5 x 6,6 m on plan. The extension areas on both are covered with folding tent roofs. These can be pulled down like an accordion to any required height. On one side is a living area with a transparant PVC marquee that can be drawn up in fine weather to create a generous patio. The space on the other side, covered with an opaque tent roof, is used as a bedroom area and can be divided into smaller units. A finely dimensioned, fan-shaped hinged framework was specially designed for the roofs to allow a flat abutment at the base. The floor flaps, roofs and sunshading are operated seperately by means of three electric motors. The bodywork of the caravan consist of 30 mm polyester-coated sandwich panels reinforced at the edges - like the furnishings - with steel sections. The furniture was specially designed for the caravan and can be folded up in part. This was necessary to achieve the required flexibility and extendibility. The furniture consists largely of poplar multiplex sheets with a vinyl or synthetic-resin coating.

[Detail 8/1998, Mobile Structures, p 1423]
Misc. project details
References BOUW 5/1995
Extendible Caravan with Tent Roofs - DETAIL 1998/8
Duration of use
Temporary or permanent structure Permanent
Convertible or mobile Convertible and mobile
Design lifespan in years 00-05
Material of the cover
Cable-net/Textile/Hybrid/Foil Foil
Material Fabric/Foil Polyester
Material coating PVC
Main dimensions and form
Covered surface (m2) 11.25
Total length (m) 2.5
Total width (m) 4.5
Involved companies
Architects Stichting De Fantasie
Engineers Technisch Bureau Driessen
Editor
Editor Marijke Mollaert
 
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