LIFE ON THE ROAD

The mo­bile life­style is at­tract­ing folks of all ages and re­defin­ing the “Amer­i­can Dream.”

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When it comes to de­sign­ing a brand new mod­ern mo­bile liv­ing space to sup­port a mod­ern mo­bile life­style, there’s no one bet­ter than an ar­chi­tect who has nearly a decade of ex­pe­ri­ence do­ing just that.

Af­ter get­ting his Amer­i­can In­sti­tute of Ar­chi­tects li­cence in 2008, Matthew Hof­mann spent the next 10 years de­sign­ing and ren­o­vat­ing more than 400 vin­tage Airstreams, which are now en­joyed by peo­ple around the world.

LIV­ING THE MO­BILE LIFE­STYLE

Matthew and his wife, Joanna, live full-time in the mo­bile space they cre­ated to­gether. “It’s a life­style for those who call mo­bile spa­ces ‘Home Sweet Home,’” says Joanna. “We’re sim­ply folks of all ages liv­ing in vans, trail­ers and boats—not be­cause we have to, but be­cause we pre­fer it.”

Af­ter years of ex­pe­ri­enc­ing mo­bile liv­ing first-hand, the young cou­ple de­cided to cre­ate a fam­ily busi­ness, which al­lows oth­ers like them to live the dream of liv­ing well, wher­ever their hearts take them. Their com­pany is called Liv­ing Ve­hi­cle, and their tech­ni­cal skills and full­time travel ex­pe­ri­ence in­spired them to pro­duce a home on wheels for other like­minded folks.

“As we travel across this beau­ti­ful coun­try we’ve dis­cov­ered peo­ple of all ages and back­grounds who are re­defin­ing the new Amer­i­can Dream,” says Matthew. “It’s a dream that doesn’t in­clude a big house with

a white picket fence. For us, and mil­lions like us, it’s sim­ply about liv­ing a life­style of free­dom and choice.”

OUT­DOOR CON­NEC­TION

As an ar­chi­tect and de­signer, Matthew un­der­stands liv­ing spa­ces have a pro­found ef­fect on us. They can ei­ther in­crease our con­nec­tion to the out­doors or close us off from our roots in na­ture. “We be­lieve that when a space en­cour­ages con­nec­tion, it em­pow­ers us to be our best selves,” says Matthew. “The more we ex­pe­ri­ence growth in in­dus­try, tech­nol­ogy and ur­ban de­vel­op­ment, the more we re­al­ize na­ture is vi­tal to our well-be­ing as a species. It is a foun­da­tion that hu­mans are hard­wired to re­spect and we feel it is our re­spon­si­bil­ity to de­sign liv­ing spa­ces that fa­cil­i­tate this re­la­tion­ship.”

Liv­ing Ve­hi­cle is de­signed to blur the dis­tinc­tion be­tween in­te­rior and ex­te­rior spa­ces and cre­ate an ex­pe­ri­ence that em­braces the best as­pects of the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment. “To achieve this idea,” says Matthew, “we be­gin with an aware­ness of the fun­da­men­tal na­ture of out­door space.”

LV’S at­ten­tion to light­ing is where the space truly shines. Nat­u­ral, bright light in the sun’s spec­trum is proven to have an over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive ef­fect on our bod­ies and minds. Mas­sive sky­lights and win­dows pro­vide a won­der­ful open­ness and an abun­dance of nat­u­ral light. If the sun be­comes over­bear­ing, each sky­light fea­tures a cus­tom shade that dif­fuses the heat and acts as a softly glow­ing orb in the ceil­ing.

COM­FORTS OF HOME

Heat­ing and cool­ing are among the big­gest bar­ri­ers when it comes to con­nect­ing a liv­ing space to the out­doors. Large glass win­dows are won­der­ful be­cause they al­low light to en­ter the space and pro­vide un­ob­structed views of the out­doors, how­ever they can be prob­lem­atic for cli­mate con­trol. Each glass por­tion of Liv­ing Ve­hi­cle is engi­neered with dual pane glaz­ing to mod­er­ate the trans­fer­ence of heat and cold from the unit. Thanks to state-of-thein­dus­try open cell spray foam in­su­la­tion, Liv­ing Ve­hi­cle fea­tures R-val­ues that are greater than those of most tra­di­tional homes to en­sure the space main­tains a com­fort­able tem­per­a­ture when in ex­treme cli­mates or dur­ing four-sea­son use.

An­other com­fort fea­ture is the in­ge­nious way Liv­ing Ve­hi­cle in­creases the size of the in­te­rior space with a two-me­tre-wide fold­down deck, which acts as a mul­ti­func­tional plat­form to pro­vide an in­stant out­door set­ting. The deck comes in two con­fig­u­ra­tions; both pro­vide a seam­less ex­pe­ri­ence when step­ping out from the unit and en­cour­age the user to spend more time ap­pre­ci­at­ing the out­doors. The deck can be used as an out­door kitchen with the propane BBQ and mod­u­lar is­land, an out­door bar plat­form or an en­closed space for pets.

OP­PO­SITE TOP: The Liv­ing Ve­hi­cle in­creases your con­nec­tion to na­ture. OP­PO­SITE BOT­TOM FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: A space-sav­ing Eurobed in the lounge area can be low­ered with the flip of a switch to ac­com­mo­date two adults or a bevy of kids; Beau­ti­ful de­tails make the bath­room seem more like a lux­u­ri­ous spa than an RV bath­room; The mas­ter bed­room fea­tures a queen bed, a closet with dresser and shelves, a dig­i­tal safe and a washer/dryer combo. BE­LOW: The spa­cious kitchen/liv­ing area in­cludes a stain­less-steel sink, a mov­able is­land with am­ple stor­age, a pull­out pantry, plenty of cabi­net stor­age through­out, full-sized ap­pli­ances and seat­ing for eight peo­ple.

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