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Glamper's paradise: "Hangout" combines tent, shed and hammock

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July 12, 2012

Joscha Weiand's Hangout open for business

Joscha Weiand's Hangout open for business

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Described by its designer Joscha Weiand as "the world's first tent house," Hangout is a semi-permanent shelter aimed at travelers and festival-goers. In attempting to fuse stay-at-home comfort with the practicality of a tent, Weiand has his sites firmly set on the "glamping" (glamor plus camping) dollar.

If you were to imagine two wooden ends of a shed (a rather tall one, admittedly) connected by a tarpaulin instead of a roof, floor and walls you'd have the fundamentals of the Hangout in your mind's eye. Why Hangout, though? The makeshift abode includes a net strung from the wooden frame from in which one can store either luggage or oneself depending on need. The net is reached by a ladder built into the wooden facade.

An advantage of the tarp that stretches from floor to floor over the top of the structure is that it can be unstitched from the wooden frame to open up the Hangout to one side. One facade has a stable door while the other has a window which contains Hangout's most impressive trick: a table that fills the window when not in use, but can be folded down either inside or out as desired.

If there's a down side to the design it appears to be that the Hangout is not self-supporting. The facades must be tied to strong vertical external supports to prevent the whole thing collapsing in on itself the minute you put weight on the hammock. But the need to tie the Hangout to trees or columns adds to its visual identity and sense of fun - at least as much of the point as practicality.

The sheer size of the thing means that Hangout is not remotely portable, but then portability isn't the idea. Hangouts would be provided by city authorities, farmers, festival organizers or campsites, especially when anticipating an influx of visitors during special events.

Hangout's stable door

"It was originally created for tourists coming to an urban environment, but its potential is so much greater," Weiand told Gizmag. "For example Hangout could be used in areas which have been struck by disasters, to help people that have lost everything."

"It is even possible to print on the tarp," Weiand added, pointing out Hangout's potential to host advertisements.

The Hangout is yet to launch, but will be on show at Dutch Design week between October 20 and 28.

Source: Joscha Weiand, via Inhabitat

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7 Comments

One can easily extend his design to make it self supporting:

(with reference to image 9 of 26)

1. add hinges to the four corners of each wooden panel, below the net (even above maybe)

2. attach to those hinges two wooden / iron V shaped supports so that they can swing on the horizontal axis. The Vs could be as long as the wooden panel's width.

3. when installing the tent, extend the Vs so that on the side the thing looks like a |>--

Τριαντάφυλλος Καραγιάννης
12th July, 2012 @ 10:52 am PDT

also, the cord supporting the "table" isn't a very reliable solution. These things tend to snap very easily, so it'd better be a super-strong one (or preferrably a metallic wire).

Engineering-wise (although I'm not strictly an engineer) I could point out many other weaknesses in the tent's design if it is to be used in a real-world scenario and especially for civil protection tasks (which was my old job :) ). Luckily, most of these are easily amended.

Overall, a smart idea... but to me it seems he never consulted an engineer in his project.

Τριαντάφυλλος Καραγιάννης
12th July, 2012 @ 11:00 am PDT

Interesting idea, yet totally impractical. Wouldn't wanna haul that thing on a trailer or worry about where to park it.

John Grimes
12th July, 2012 @ 04:45 pm PDT

Seems like sustained winds would destroy this struture in short order. It could be tensioned out more effectively but then you would lose the advantage of the high walls/freestanding without trippy wires in the way. Looks like it would work better in the warehouse.

Alan Belardinelli
13th July, 2012 @ 02:23 am PDT

This design would be no good at music festivals without lots of trees or pillars evenly spread around. I don't know how good it is for ones back to sleep in hammocks, there would be the temptation for many to want to sleep in the one hammock; could the structure support the mass of two people? But as an idea I think there might be a market a limited market all be it, but the design would have to be more flat-pack, free standing and preferably have a floor.

Jugen
13th July, 2012 @ 03:31 am PDT

Why not have struts connecting the tops of the end walls? That would do away with he need to have supporting ropes. It would still blow over easily,as it is so tall.

windykites1
13th July, 2012 @ 05:53 am PDT

Totally useless. If one only has 2 solid units I'd make then the roof and floor, especially the floor.

jerryd
13th July, 2012 @ 10:39 am PDT
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