Vocational Builder Designs Futuristic RV After Property Loss

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When Joe Weissbeck lost his property in 2009, he began converting a rundown RV- purchased for $350- into a one-of-a-kind mobile home. While living in it, he tore it down completely and rebuilt it over the course of 3 years.

image/text credit: Kirsten Dirksen 

Resembling an animal or insect, the home is all aluminium and strips of recessed glass which expose the “ribs” (off-the-shelf vinyl fence posts which serve as structural support).

image/text credit: Kirsten Dirksen 

This segmenting allows shards of light to enter the home and creates an almost scaled-like exterior.Weissbeck spent just $5000 on materials, much of which was repurposed or found.

image/text credit: Kirsten Dirksen 

Believing that small spaces need to be open, he left the entire space free of walls (even the toilet is just half-hidden by the kitchen sink) and lofted a skylit bedroom over the driver’s seat.

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Weissbeck is currently parked in the desert of southeastern Oregon where the nearest grocery store is 120 miles away. He says when he’s taken the vehicle/home into town (it still drives), it gets a lot of attention.

“People are drawn to something that is unique and unusual, our society is so boxed out… I get a lot of comments, they think it’s kind of space-shippy or kind of like an animal, or an insect of some sort.”

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