The Concept

The Romanichel is a mobile home on rails. Owners would have the possibility of traveling to several villages designed exclusively for these ‘Railhomes’ and live there for a couple of months at a time. Imagine living in the comfort of your house and being able to move around the country, like a Nomad, at each solstice and equinox…

The Context

The Romanichel is inspired by the gypsy way of life. Gypsies would group up in wagons and settle down in a specific location for a time before moving on to a new one. The concept resembles an RV and RV parks, just on rails instead of wheels.

How It Works

The frame of the wagon could be built out of reinforced steel or aluminum depending on the budget and requirements of the owner. The windows could be built using transparent Plexiglas, which is stronger than regular glass, better suited for transport, and less at risk of breaking. The Plexiglas could also be made to turn dark for privacy or sun protection.

Inside the wagons, owners could install any type of flooring and choose between multiple colors, types, and textures of wall panels. The interior would be built as a loft so that one room could fill the entire daily needs of a couple or family. During transit, a stabilising system could be used to minimize extreme vibrations.

Romanichel wagons could be linked together to form a train and ride as a small group or community. Each Romanichel could propel itself on its own power (similar to light rail transit systems) or the concept could be made to include a locomotive that would simply be rented for a two-day trip.

Different wagons could be engineered to create several community-accessible rooms (game room, solarium, etc.), and slide-outs would be available to increase living space. A wagon could be used as community garage to house the cars, powersports vehicles, and other community items that could be shared by the residents of the Romanichel village.

To power each Romanichel house, solar cells could be installed on the roof of each wagon. Solar trees or vibrating poles like the Vortex could also be deployed next to the village. On-site infrastructures would be required at each village (water, sewer, electrical), but the community could also find ways to reduce its consumption and waste to a minimum.

What It’s Used For

The Romanichel proposes a completely different way of living, closer to that of our nomad ancestors. It could be used to escape rough weather by moving to warmer regions during winter. (Canada, USA, Mexico) They could also be used to travel around the continent, meet new people, and bring one’s expertise to other towns.

The wagons are built to stay at the same location for 3 months at a time, and these new locations would need to be built from and accessible by existing rails (owned by railway companies). Access to the rails would need to be negotiated too. Retrofitting existing wagons would be cheap, and current RV manufacturers already have the expertise to design a Romanichel prototype.

The Designer

The Romanichel concept was developed in collaboration with Clark McCune, an Industrial Designer from Dallas, Texas, USA. Clark graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tulsa. He currently works as a design director. He also designed the Cefalo stretching car concept for Imaginactive.