If you enjoy peace and quiet on your camping holidays, the "Opera” might not be the ideal choice. Emulating the renowned lines of the Sydney Opera House in Australia, this luxurious mobile home designed by Belgian architect Axel Enthoven is bound to get lots of scrutiny from inquisitive campers and passers-by... and it deserves all the attention it gets.
Designer Enthoven says: "… every conceivable luxury: two first class and electrically-adjustable beds that become one with a single simple movement, hot and cold water, ceramic toilet, LED lighting and a mobile hob and barbecue, for example, for cooking outside."
Other "camping necessities" include a wine cabinet, warm-air heating, espresso bar and an enclosed teak veranda - more often found on a luxury yacht.
Handmade in Geldrop in the Netherlands, the Opera is constructed from materials like hardwood, stainless steel and leather. When opened the camper levels itself electronically and is fully assembled in less than five minutes - without tent pegs, stabilizer jacks and loose tent poles. What you get is a luxury residence measuring 7m long, more than 3m wide and 3.5m high: The unit is aerodynamically-sound for towing and unfolds into a “masterpiece” upon arrival at your chosen camping spot.
The mobile holiday home will be supplied with what is known as the Opera Guide - a selection of exclusive sites with information about good restaurants and picturesque destinations in the surrounding area.
The Opera was conceived and developed by Rob Vos, in partnership with a consortium of investors. Vos hails from success in the automotive industry.
Looking more like a concept vehicle than a production model, Vos and Co. assure us that the Opera will be produced in limited numbers next year (for an undisclosed price).
The Opera mobile home will be on display at the Design at Work trade fair in Belgium in December.