Lonely Planet Writer

See the world's most wanderlust-inspiring nomadic homes

A wanderlust-inspiring book has been released that documents an array of uniquely-designed portable homes around the world, offering insight and inspiration on alternatives ways of living for people interested in travel.

Manta Underwater Room, Pemba Island, Tanzania.
Manta Underwater Room, Pemba Island, Tanzania. Image by The Manta Resort

Published by Taschen, the book is called Nomadic Homes. Architecture on the Move, and includes a diverse selection of homes in various shapes and sizes, including refurbished Airstream mobile homes, a pop-up boutique hotel in Wales, an underwater room in Africa, a dockside dwelling in Copenhagen and Pritzker Prize-winning shelters designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban.

Tentsile Tree Tents in England.
Tentsile Tree Tents in England. Image by Andrew Walmsley

Written and edited by Philip Jodidio, who studied art history in Harvard and edited the magazine Connaissance des Arts for over 20 years, the volume includes illustrations by Russ Gray, as well as vibrant photographs of the architecture. The book’s description states that it aims to show how “the nomadic spirit of our hunter-gatherer ancestors is very much alive in the modern world,” as well as highlighting exceptional examples of architecture and design.

Floating House in the United Kingdom.
Floating House in the United Kingdom. Image by Carl Turner Architects

Other homes highlighted in the book include a square, floating house designed by Carl Turner Architects, a black-shingled wooden retreat in South Snowdonia, Wales, a series of tents suspended from trees in the English woods, a mountain flanked eco-capsule, a contemporary floating home in Seattle, as well as a “walking house” that has been constructed on legs in Copenhagen.

Animated Forest, in South Snowdonia, Wales.
Animated Forest, in South Snowdonia, Wales. Image by Epic Retreats/Owen Howells

“What more contemporary thought could there be than to seek nothing so much as to move, to grow perhaps, but always to move,” author Philip Jodidio said.

Nomadic Homes. Architecture on the Move is available in hardback from Taschen, priced €50 (£44). More information is available at the publisher’s official website.