Wohnwagon was founded in 2013 by a group of people trying to find a better alternative to current housing solutions. The motto of the company, which is based in Austria and has already delivered several such tiny houses across a varied range of models, is “Reduce to the max.” It goes without saying that this only applies to resources and consumption, not the quality of the work. After all, a sustainable home is one that lasts longer.
Autarky, or full autonomy, is the goal. The vehicle to achieve it is a tiny house that looks as cozy and elegant as a log cabin, with all the fixtures and amenities of a permanent residence. Depending on the customer, budget and individual needs, Wohnwagon offers three types of tinies, from non-self-sufficient to partly so, and full self-sufficient. That third model is, of course, the most outstanding – and the most expensive, as well. But more on that later.
All models, regardless of size or features, sit on a steel trailer and have a larch and spruce framework, with the interior done in naturally lightened spruce cladding with loam plaster. Each tiny is insulated with sheep’s wool and, in the higher-priced self-sufficient model, an extra layer is added by means of a rooftop garden.
The smallest and least specced model is Susi, which offers a total of 15 square meters (161.5 square feet) of living space and is delivered unfurnished and without the features that make it compatible for off-grid living. At the opposite end is Hubert, with a floorspace of 42 square meters (452 square feet) and everything you need to get away from everyone else and live in the midst of nature. Of course, if you add a veranda, you can expand living space even more.
The layout is similar across the entire range: you get a kitchen with appliances and a small living room that, in the case of the smaller models, doubles as dinette. There’s a bed area and a bathroom with a full standing shower, sink and compost toilet. The larger model offers sleeping for four. There is no standard layout to the Wohnwagon because the makers start from the idea that each family or individual has different, distinct needs, so customization is key to meeting them all. Photos in the gallery above show different models of this tiny.
The Wohnwagon comes with wood solar central heating, by means of an oven that uses two hot water boilers and two buffer tanks. The oven will heat water for the kitchen and the shower, but also keep the house warm (there are two extra radiators, one in the bathroom and one in the bedroom).
The water system is comprised of two water tanks, also hidden under the floor, and a filtration system that’s actually the garden on the roof. Marsh plants naturally filter graywater from the sink and shower and, within 24 hours, recirculate it for washing, which means that water consumption becomes a closed circuit. The toilet in the bathroom is a composting one that separates liquid from solids and turns them into black earth. Wohnwagon says that it’s very efficient in keeping smells and bacteria inside, in addition to the fact that you’re making your own earth out of waste.
“[The Wohnwagon] is a statement – philosophical, political, personal. It is a way of life,” the makers say, adding that it makes reduction a luxury. For those of us dreaming of one day owning a tiny, that last part is literal.