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DESIGNER
EDUARD BÖHTLINGK
DATE
1985
LOCATION
Maasland, The Netherlands
TYPE
residential
USE
Ephemeral/Portable Housing
"De Markies" (The Awning)

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.

 

TRANSFORMABLE DESIGN FEATURES AT A GLANCE
PRINCIPLE
PHENOMENOLOGICAL
folding
ACTUAL
folding
TYPE
PHENOMENOLOGICAL
flexible surfaces
ACTUAL
flexible surfaces + rigid surfaces
SYSTEM
mechanical
ELEMENTS
Building shell
Application Framework
Enclosed Space Open Space
Private Space Public Space
Passive Communication Active
Project Scale
Kinetic Elements Scale
Equipment
People
Intensity of Activity
Fluctuation of Intensity
Periodicity of Fluctuation
Design
New Design Intervention
Requires Support Self Supported
Simple Geometry Complex Geometry
Low Tech High Tech
Manual System Intelligent System
Surface Transformation
Volume Transformation
Morphological Variations
Modularity
Portability
Adaptability
Sustainability
Materials
Conventional Sophisticated
Elastic Rigid
Transparent Opaque
Warm Cold
Weight
Maintenance
Insulation
COST (estimation)

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Image source:

1, 2, 3, 4: http://www.bohtlingk.nl/

Further Reading:

Echavarria, P. (2005). Portable Architecture and Unpredictable Surroundings.
Barcelona: Structure. Melis, L. (Ed.). (2003). Parasite Paradise. A Manisfesto for Temporary Architecture and Flexible Urbanism.
Rotterdam: NAi Publishers.