In 1967 during the Summer of Love, The Beatles lyrics, “Michelle, ma belle, these are words that go together well…” expressed a simple, yet deep emotion that translated into one of the most popular pop tunes of the ’60s. The lyrical love ballad, Michelle, co-written by the Beatles front man Paul McCartney, offers a much deeper message than the simple tune’s name implies.
Michelle was inspired by this Beatles tune because like the song, this 1973 Airstream Sovereign possess a deeper breadth of functionality and hidden qualities beneath her silver skin.
In 2016, the same pure, heart-felt message continues to strike a chord with those looking for a deeper sense of connection to each other, their families, and their environment.
Michelle is yet another vessel by Hofmann Architecture that has been carefully designed and crafted to serve a family who will share an adventurous lifestyle while building memories for generations to come.
Client: A California couple that’s ready to take family time to a whole new level with their 6 month old as they seek adventure in comfort and luxury.
Vessel: 1973 Sovereign 31’
Location: Michelle can adapt equally well to extreme heat and cold; whether it’s at her temperate home on San Diego’s coast, the sizzling Mojave Desert, or subfreezing nights in the Eastern High Sierra.
Purpose: Versatility reigns in this beach-to-mountain vacation home for an active family looking to maintain creature comforts, while enjoying the John Muir’s Sierra Nevada Range of Light.
Goal: Family-friendly functionality meets hidden high-end electronics, state-of-the-art HVAC heating and cooling, and easy-to-use tech features. Behind the clean, rustic finishes is an Airstream “rocket ship” like no other. Not one automated function or space age-like component was overlooked. It’s easily the most self-contained, ready-for-anything vessel we’ve ever designed.
Design aesthetics are combined into a durable package of natural, quick-to-clean-and-maintain surfaces. The vessel needed to have a separate sleeping space for mom and dad, with bunks for the children. Durable flooring, countertops and cabinet finishes blend rustic barn wood and smooth surfaces. A high priority has been placed on self-sufficient electrical power generation with maximized solar panels and battery storage.
Design Highlights: The client’s self-described “clean and cozy style” was achieved by blending a careful mix of contemporary, modern, clean white, aluminum, stainless steel, and warm rustic reclaimed wood. “And, of course, because it’s a vintage Airstream we want the outside to be shiny!”
The Airstream features state-of-the-RV-industry heating and cooling systems. The Alde radiant warm floor and wall heating will reduce the chance of drafts, even in the coldest settings. There’s even a towel warmer! The ducted air conditioning in the ceiling provides well-distributed cooling throughout the vessel.