A one time University of Colorado architecture professor takes his students on a journey from tailer trash to trailer modern. A single wide trailer destined for the landfill becomes an exercise in adaptive reuse.
April 2008 issue of Metropolitan Home:
When it comes to small spaces, nothing conjures up images of design-impaired living like the words “mobile home.” Add to that a reputation for flimsy construction, and the bad rap seems well deserved.
Yet when architecture professor Michael Hughes talks about trailers and the traditional urban trailer park, he sees another picture: affordable, small-scale homes in a high-density neighborhood. “Mobile homes came into being as a low-cost housing solution, serving that niche in between an apartment or condo and a standard suburban home,” says Hughes. “Their typical design, however, has been fundamentally flawed, with structural and spatial issues.”
You can also visit the “Trailer Wrap” web site. The site does a good job documenting the entire process.