ISSUE 88  |  Take My Zucchini Please

A Tiny Backyard Studio on Wheels

September 05, 2013 5:00 PM

BY Janet Hall

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When I walked into the MUJI SOMA store in San Francisco the other day and saw the Mobile Garden House on display, I forgot my shopping list and started fantasizing about my new tiny backyard studio on wheels. 

The Mobile Garden House by Japanese architect and artist Kyohei Sakaguchi came to life in San Francisco this summer during a DIY workshop at the J-Pop Summit Festival (a Japanese pop-culture street fair).  Sustainable, economical and elegantly functional, the Mobile Garden House is part of Sakaguchi’s ongoing Zero Yen House art project inspired by homeless people’s structures built on the streets of Tokyo. 

Thought provoking in its intent, the Mobile Garden House is also inspiring as a DIY project concept.  Building a simple shed on wheels using minimal materials, many reclaimed and recycled, is a great model for a playhouse, greenhouse, storage shed, meditative retreat, or tiny guest quarters. 

Photos by New People via Flickr. 

Above: The Mobile Garden House was on exhibit at MUJI SOMA store in San Francisco. 

Above: The Mobile Garden House was constructed using a simple shed design with wood siding and reclaimed windows.

Above: The compact interior furnished with a small sofa, mats, and a table create a peaceful retreat. 

Above: An abundance of reclaimed windows pulls light into the tiny space.

Above: Potted plants as a green roof.

Above: The Mobile Garden House DIY Workshop in progress at the J-Pop Summit in San Francisco this summer. 

Want to try building one yourself? Wood scraps and reclaimed windows come to life in another Garden Shed Made From Scraps.