The number of people who live in Bauwägen in Germany is immense, as far as a tiny sub-culture can be immense. But with over 130 Wagenplätze and who the hell knows how many others—living openly in eco-villages and secretly on garden plots and unofficially in backyards. It all reminds me of the time when the magazine printed in the same office I often work from featured a photo of a woman in front of a Bauwagen. I was astounded that a kind of conservative publication would feature such a thing. My colleague had replied, nonchalantly, “Well you aren’t the only ones.” Indeed we are not.
While doing some research for another project, I stumbled upon a German eco-village (for the German learners among us, that’s ökodorf) called Sieben Linden. These folks bought a big plot of land in East Germany and are living it up eco-style, giving seminars and, yup, living in Bauwägen. There weren’t too many pictures available, and I hope someday to visit and take my own, but for now, check out what they’re doing over there, tiny house-wise:
All photos (cc) flickr user A Moving Office