Rotating micro-cabin has multifunctional transforming interior (Video)

Telmo Cadavez
© Telmo Cadavez

One of the advantages of having a rotating home is being able to swivel one's domicile to follow the sun, or perhaps to turn it away for more privacy, or just out of plain boredom. Cabins are particularly amenable to this kind of spin-happy design, as they're small and therefore easier to maneuver. George Bernard Shaw apparently did it, and as Tiny House Talk shows, Portuguese builder Telmo Cadavez has done something similar with this minimalist, rotating micro-cabin. Watch it in action:

Telmo Cadavez© Telmo Cadavez
Telmo Cadavez© Telmo Cadavez

Here's what Cadavez has to say about the structure, which took about six months to build:

It's a rotating/cinematic tiny cabin, designed by myself and constructed with the help of my cousin and a carpenter friend. Totally ecological, made with pine wood, cork (for insulation) and black slate for cover (and also wood in the interiors). Inspired by vintage shepherd wagons pulled by cows, I have re-adapted the design (to be asymmetric) and the function (transformable through rotating/cinematic movement) [edited for clarity].

Telmo Cadavez© Telmo Cadavez

The micro-cabin's design is a cross between a tent and bungalow, and has a transformer-type interior that allows for a multitude of functions within its small 86-square-foot floor area. The large window on one side lets light in, and the desired view to fill the space.

Telmo Cadavez© Telmo Cadavez
Telmo Cadavez© Telmo Cadavez
Telmo Cadavez© Telmo Cadavez

There is a drop-leaf table on another wall, and two simple and multifunctional stools that can transform into larger seats when flipped on another side, or can be used to support the fold-away bed.

Telmo Cadavez© Telmo Cadavez
Telmo Cadavez© Telmo Cadavez
Telmo Cadavez© Telmo Cadavez

The bed, when opened up, occupies almost the whole space, and lets the occupant lie down with a full view out, perhaps out at a clear night sky.

Telmo Cadavez© Telmo Cadavez

It is a simple, charming design that brings habitation back down to the basics: a bit of light, a place to rest one's body, and the possibility of turning things around when change is needed. There are plans in the works to patent and commercialize the design; for now, you can actually rent one in Montesinho Park.

Tags: Camping | Less Is More | Living With Less | Portugal | Small Spaces

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