In the 1970s, California-made Airstream trailers represented a certain American dream — that is, the freedom to travel and explore the country's open roads. So when Søren Rose Studio (an architectural team based in New York City and Copenhagen) had the opportunity to transform a 1972 trailer, they wanted to create a Scandinavian version of the American dream: a mobile home that embraces both adventure and clean, modern design.
Thankfully, the project began with a mostly intact Airstream. "It was in great shape, close to originally how it was built in the 1970s — lots of sheet metal, acrylic, molded plastic and vinyl," said architect Søren Rose. Still, renovating a moving trailer comes with its own sets of challenges. For instance, the trailer is only 12 feet long with important weight restrictions, so the team had to prioritize space and weight any way they could.
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By working with a group of Scandinavian brands for the interior (including Dinesen, Kvadrat, Bang & Olufsen and Københavns Møbelsnedkeri), Søren Rose Studio was able to build a home that fully combines Scandi-cool aesthetics with American soul.
Every detail in the small space had to work. While installing the custom metal hardware for the windows, the team did several mockup scenarios to ensure that it would be a success. The existing windows were renovated with new aluminum trim, steel hardware, and tinted glass.
A simple yet practical custom side table is mounted on the wall. The once-yellow walls were re-painted white for a more minimalist design that opens up the teeny mobile home.
"Working with a tiny space is all about prioritizing," said architect Søren Rose. The end result is an airy, open interior that meets the needs of modern travelers.