Contributing Monkie G Living Staff Monkies
Published on January 5, 2009
Has TrailerWrap bitten off more than they can chew? The concept of environmentally responsible housing re-fabricated from abandoned mobile homes is one thing, but their aim to alter the public’s opinion of trailer parks through design seems quite another undertaking.
But not to me. Having been raised in a cozy Midwestern college town, I grew up with a bit of a trailer park fantasy. It seemed the perfect alternative to overly spread-out suburbia – its own tiny encapsulated world within another, bigger world. I also liked the notion that you could enjoy the comfort of your home just about anywhere on the continental land mass so long as your vehicle had a hitch on the back.
Little did I know that by adding a dose of environmental conscience and stirring vigorously, the University of Colorado at Boulder College of Architecture and Planning would come up with a cocktail of a design that “addresses issues of sustainable and affordable design in the context of the ubiquitous American trailer park.”
While the low cost motive behind the introduction of mobile homes in the mid-1900s was a good one, the execution was often aesthetically reprehensible, shoddily constructed and inefficient energy-wise. TrailerWrap set out to take these small, dilapidated (often abandoned) structures and re-fashion them into something exciting and remarkable, yet sustainable and affordable. It’s a combination design/landscape endeavor that can supposedly rescue a cramped two bedroom trailer from a landfill, add high ceilings, a sloped solar-oriented roof and a front porch and transform it into a visually stunning, practical and energy conscious loft-like structure that “links indoor and outdoor space through placement and circulation.”
That’s all great from a fantasy/concept standpoint. But what I don’t get from the photos is, how much of the original trailer actually remains? From the looks of it, what they’re selling appears to be an entirely new structure.
Am I not the only one dreaming here?