When a client approached us wanting to transform a vintage Airstream Bambi II into an itinerant live-work space, we set out to rethink how architecture might evolve to exist in such a small package. Instead of ending at hard edges and closed boundaries, the elements of the Airstream blend together into one cohesive whole: the top of a backrest turns into a Corian counter surface, which then folds down into a seating area, which in itself fits snugly around a Saarinen Tulip Table.

This sense of wholeness lies at the heart of the project. Inside, aluminum panels with in a white, glossy finish recall the almost mirror-like exterior and complement a pared-back palette of warm gray upholstery and soft-grained white ash flooring. It’s a self-contained retreat, and a new thesis on the possibilities for limited space to create limitless architecture. 

Read about the creation and back story of the Kugelschiff online at Dwell.


Edmonds + Lee Architects
2601 Mission Street, Suite 503
San Francisco, CA 94110
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