Mobile homes, house trailers, and similar temporary (and possibly traveling) housing solutions used to be synonymous with distastefulness. However, designer Andrea Zittel turns this concept of a small, makeshift shelter into a chic, customizable establishment. Sturdier and more spacious than a camping tent, the A-Z West wagons leave ample room for a traveling couple, or can accommodate a cozy family of four. The form of the wagon station is very new millennia, a quarter-wedge of a cylinder with a domed top that easily folds down to encapsulate the space. Many individuals have created their own extensions from Zittel’s original wagon, and the varieties of formations have the potential to give rise to an artistic, futuristic village. The fun, inhabitable pods compose the A-Z West Wagon Station Encampment, based in the California desert next to Joshua Tree National Park.

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Kimberly

Kimberly is a graduate from MIT's Department of Architecture, and has recently joined the publication team at MIT OpenCourseWare. While architecture remains her first love, her interests encompass literature – epic poetry and Medieval romances are her favorite – and also fashion.

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