summer is here and we all want to be outside chasing adventures and spending time with friends. with warmer weather and longer evenings, the idea of being far away from the hustle and bustle of the city seems like the ultimate dream. for thrill-seekers looking for the ultimate weekend escape, we have compiled a range of camping projects and concepts that include tents, pods and expedition vehicles perfect for off-the-grid living.

 

 

ECOCAPSULE: THE SELF-SUSTAINABLE MICRO-HOME

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conceived by nice&wise, a design studio formerly known as nice architects, the ‘ecocapsule’ is a low-energy, mobile dwelling packed into a compact egg-shaped form. despite its relatively small size, the energy-efficient pod is capable of comfortably accommodating two adults. a built-in kitchenette offers running water, while the structure also contains a flushing toilet and hot shower — allowing occupants to live in a home-like atmosphere. in addition to a folding bed, the ecocapsule also features plenty of storage space for sporting or research equipment.

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IKAMPER SKYCAMP ROOFTOP TENT

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iKamper manufactures high quality, innovative roof top tents that take seconds to set-up. this portable architecture structure is like a ‘dream tree house’, except it is larger, mobile, and more comfortable. with the ‘skycamp’ roof top tent, campers can take off whenever, stop where they want, and start camping. the roof top tents make camping easy, convenient, and fun. 

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POD CONCEPT INFLUENCED BY THE NEW MINI COUNTRYMAN F60

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bitlens studio + anomaly‘s award-winning concept camping pod is self-sustainable and clad in weather-sealed material, giving it the ability to withstand a multitude of climates. although compact, the pod includes the necessary amenities that one can find in their own home. ‘this idea came up as I wanted to create an idea, an illusion of a futuristic pod that came with all the accommodations a home has’ explains the designer. the project is not commissioned by MINI. 

 

 

 

SNOW PEAK’S SKY NEST TENT

 

 

the snow peak ‘sky nest’ takes the japanese firm’s tent and suspends it from trees, up off the ground for floating camping. this tent can provide a comfortable feeling of being surrounded by nature, and campers can wake up amongst the trees. the japanese tent apparel company has maximized on comfort, while establishing a safe and easy to set-up structure using its expertise in tent designing.

 

 

 

FORD EARTH ROAMER XV-LTS CAMPER3

 

 

starting with a ford ‘F550’ chassis, earth roamer can integrate wood or granite countertops, a stainless-steel refrigerator, and a freezer on request. the ‘XV-LT’ also comes equipped with a convection microwave, so you can make popcorn while watching movies on a 32-inch LED TV in the evening, then retire for a hot shower. as expected, the cabin has air conditioning and heating, and even a king-size bed. the expedition vehicle runs generator-free thanks to its massive internal battery bank that’s replenished with a 660 W solar-panel array. at full capacity the batteries boast a serious amount of energy — 255 amp hours — letting travellers live out in the wild for extended sessions.

 

 

 

HAPPIER CAMPER

 

 

los angeles-based company happier camper makes this cute, volkswagen minibus-inspired trailer with a modular interior. its robust and ultra-lightweight structure enables the camper to be towed by most 4×4 vehicles: with a dry weight of 1,100 lbs (500 kg), it can be towed to most remote locations.  dubbed ‘adaptiv’, the interior makes use of a grid-like system letting campers swap their beds, counters, sinks, and seats as they wish, transforming it to match their cargo.

 

 

 

ACTION MOBIL XRS 7200

 

 

the action mobil ‘XRS 7200’ features 23 sq. mt of living space, satellite TV, a washer and dryer, and a lift at the back to carry a motorcycle. created by action mobile in saalfelden am steinernen meer, austria, this oversized campervan combines six-driven-wheels with a luxurious living space that has the feel of a penthouse. the ‘XRS 7200’ has all of the amenities you need to set up basecamp anywhere on earth.

 

 

 

AUTOHOME’S ROOF TENT FOR MINI COUNTRYMAN

 

 

with a stable cover and outer walls in special high-quality fabric, autohome’s tent is rain proof, offers optimum ventilation properties, plus a high level of heat and noise insulation. the features of the roof tent include a high-density mattress with cotton cover, two doors and two windows with zips, close-meshed mosquito nets at all openings and a battery-operated LED interior light, as well as luggage nets and pockets to stow personal items. the interior height of the mobile home is 94 centimetres. a solid aluminum ladder is provided to climb up onto the top floor of the MINI ‘countryman’. 

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