How does one convert a motor vehicle into a beach house? A recent exercise in sustainable design supplies the answer.

Built by the British design team Supertramped Co., this structure claims its origins as an aging Mercedes-Benz T2 van; one morphed to take the form of an ecoconscious tiny house. The house on wheels, christened as Ernie, was constructed to liken the essence of a free spirit.

The project clients desired a beach hut on wheels, a place they could store their surfboards and travel the world. In pursuit of this goal, the designers adorned the inside in rustic wooden panels that devised a cozy, familiar mood. Scaled accents including mosaic tiles, shell shaped cabinet handles, and nautical-themed wall art realised the theme.

The kitchen is outfitted with whitewashed cabinets, a sizable farmhouse sink, and a cushion seating section that could convert into an extra bed. The bathroom comes complete with a marine toilet and a fully sized shower, presented with exposed pipes, wood wallboards, and a skylight that filters natural lighting.

A bedroom is located at the back of the camper, consisting of a platform with bedding atop and a storage area beneath it. The back doors part to provide beautiful views.

To better equip the van for travel purposes, as well as for heightened sustainability, solar panels were placed atop the tiny house, which also includes a UV water sterilizer and LED lights. This tiny house makes a big sustainable impact.