Böhtlingk conceived the Markies as a mobile holiday house in his entry for the “Temporary Living” competition in 1985. It is a modern camper trailer that inventively employs two types of the folding principle in order to increase the initial 2.00m by 4.50m interior space threefold when it is parked in a desired location. The rigid sidewalls open up on both sides to make floors, while two accordion-like awnings, one transparent and one opaque, deploy from the main part of the trailer to cover the newly formed living and sleeping areas respectively. The trailer is equipped with the necessary domestic infrastructure that includes a stove, a refrigerator, a shower/toilet, storage space and four beds. Moreover, furniture parts, like chairs and tables, fold down from the main compartment in the two emerging rooms. In 1996 the project was awarded the Public Prize at the prestigious Rotterdam Design Prize.
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