A 1972 Airstream Gets a Modern Makeover from Hofmann Architecture

September 30, 2011
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A 1972 Airstream Gets a Modern Makeover from Hofmann Architecture

This clean and modern update to a classic 1972 Tradewind Airstream trailer is the work of 28-year-old Matthew Hofmann of Hofmann Architecture. Now the soon-to-be forty trailer looks like an edgy guest studio that could make the front page of Air BnB.

He says Airstream remodels are gaining popularity because they're flexible enough to appeal to all ages, economic statuses and lifestyles. They can be beautiful studio spaces or eclectic guest houses and then can roll away on surfing trips or outback safaris.

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Design, airstream, hofmann

His latest client requested a small sustainable space and comfortable guesthouse that would be durable enough to withstand a little wear from her ranch, cowboy boots and a small heard of rottweilers.

"I wanted this to be a place where my guests felt comfortable and not worry about staining the carpet," said the client.

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Design, airstream, hofmann

A centrally-located hi-def 19-inch video monitor displays either DVDs or streamed Netflix videos from anywhere in the trailer. A surround sound audio system provides more than enough sound support. The monitor swivels on a pullout arm for optimal viewing adjustments and tucks away neatly behind a rollup cabinet.

The Befores:
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Design, airstream, hofmann

The Afters:
The kitchen features an uncommonly deep sink for a mobile home and a propane-powered stove.

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Design, airstream, hofmann
Design, airstream, hofmann

He finished the full-height shower with light and glossy glass tiles and expanded the dining area to seat six comfortably at the table (with two fold-away chairs adjoining the kitchen area). The benches contain two "carry-on luggage-sized drawers," as Hofmann calls them, for guests to neatly tuck away travel bags.

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Matthew notes that, for 80 years, Airstreams was the all-American silver standard for quality and inventive design, and was built so well that nearly 70 percent are still on the road today. Now this trailer looks as sleek on the inside as it remained on the outside.

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Design, airstream, hofmann
Design, airstream, hofmann
Design, airstream, hofmann
Design, airstream, hofmann

If your curious how he did some things (like waterproofing and tiling a mobile shower) Matthew began documenting the Airstream overhaul process at a special section of his blog.

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