Abandoned trailer converted into garden
hideaway by Karel Verstraeten

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Belgian architect Karel Verstraeten has transformed an abandoned construction-site trailer into a quiet retreat at the end of a family garden in Ghent.

Abandoned trailer converted into garden hideaway by Karel Verstraeten

The clients bought the trailer from the local government for just €15 (about £12) and asked asked Karel Verstraeten to redesign it. "They thought of using it as a place to rest, play or study, for them and their two sons," he said.

Abandoned trailer converted into garden hideaway by Karel Verstraeten

The trailer had previously been used as a temporary mobile office on a construction site and had to be towed to the site by a local farmer.

Abandoned trailer converted into garden hideaway by Karel Verstraeten

All the work was carried out by the family. They clad the trailer with strips of oak and added a metre-wide domed window to the far end to create submarine-like views of the surrounding fields.

Abandoned trailer converted into garden hideaway by Karel Verstraeten

The interior was stripped bare, before plywood was fixed over the walls, floor and ceiling. The junctions between these surfaces are curved, adding to the sense of enclosure.

Abandoned trailer converted into garden hideaway by Karel Verstraeten
Site plan

Wooden runners were attached to the lengths of the walls at even intervals, on which planks of wood can be rested at the different heights. This flexible design allows the owners to create a desk, a low table or even a bed.

Abandoned trailer converted into garden hideaway by Karel Verstraeten
Plan showing layout options - click for larger image

"The trailer can be arranged as a place to sleep as well as a place to study or party" added the architect.

Abandoned trailer converted into garden hideaway by Karel Verstraeten
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  • Kris

    Great little design however I’m sure they’ll need a higher chair to write/draw at that desk with?

    • Zeiger

      The desk height can be adjusted.

  • miles whitmore

    I wonder if the interior wasn’t inspired by the Nakagin capsule housing.

  • mitate

    It was inspired by the giver of all life.

  • Chris

    Perfect place to escape from your spouse. I’d love one!

    • Rae Claire

      Some 50 years ago, when I was a teenager, my family had a “camper” on a pick-up truck. It sat in front of our house most of the time, and although I got along with my parents, I spent a lot of time in there. Didn’t sleep out there, though. Went on many long trips with them in it too. This reminds me of it, and yes, they are great retreats.

  • jas

    Looks gorgeous. How is it ventilated though?