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Compact tiny house slides the roof open to let the sun in

Compact tiny house slides the ...
The Head in the Stars Professional's most notable feature is its sliding roof, which opens up the bedroom to the elements
The Head in the Stars Professional's most notable feature is its sliding roof, which opens up the bedroom to the elements
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The Head in the Stars Professional is based on Optinid's Head in the Stars model
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The Head in the Stars Professional is based on Optinid's Head in the Stars model
The Head in the Stars Professional rests on a double axle trailer
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The Head in the Stars Professional rests on a double axle trailer
The Head in the Stars Professional measures 6.6 m (21.6 ft)-long, 2.55 m (8.3 ft)-wide, and is 4 m (13 ft)-high
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The Head in the Stars Professional measures 6.6 m (21.6 ft)-long, 2.55 m (8.3 ft)-wide, and is 4 m (13 ft)-high
The Head in the Stars Professional is finished in wood with black polycarbonate accenting
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The Head in the Stars Professional is finished in wood with black polycarbonate accenting
The Head in the Stars Professional's most notable feature is its sliding roof, which opens up the bedroom to the elements
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The Head in the Stars Professional's most notable feature is its sliding roof, which opens up the bedroom to the elements
The Head in the Stars Professional runs from solar power
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The Head in the Stars Professional runs from solar power
The Head in the Stars Professional is designed to be rented out as a vacation home
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The Head in the Stars Professional is designed to be rented out as a vacation home
Visitors enter the Head in the Stars Professional into the kitchen area
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Visitors enter the Head in the Stars Professional into the kitchen area
The Head in the Stars Professional's kitchen is small and basic 
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The Head in the Stars Professional's kitchen is small and basic 
The Head in the Stars Professional's living room is relatively spacious
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The Head in the Stars Professional's living room is relatively spacious
The Head in the Stars Professional's bathroom contains the shower and sink (the toilet is separate) 
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The Head in the Stars Professional's bathroom contains the shower and sink (the toilet is separate) 
A ladder leads up to the bedroom in the Head in the Stars Professional
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A ladder leads up to the bedroom in the Head in the Stars Professional
The Head in the Stars Professional's toilet
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The Head in the Stars Professional's toilet
The Head in the Stars Professional's sofa doubles up as a bed
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The Head in the Stars Professional's sofa doubles up as a bed
The Head in the Stars Professional includes a small table
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The Head in the Stars Professional includes a small table
The Head in the Stars Professional, shown with the sliding roof open
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The Head in the Stars Professional, shown with the sliding roof open
The Head in the Stars Professional's kitchen includes a small fridge
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The Head in the Stars Professional's kitchen includes a small fridge
The Head in the Stars Professional's bedroom is reached by ladder
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The Head in the Stars Professional's bedroom is reached by ladder
The Head in the Stars Professional's bedroom, shown with the roof in the closed position
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The Head in the Stars Professional's bedroom, shown with the roof in the closed position
The Head in the Stars Professional's bedroom, shown with the roof in the open position
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The Head in the Stars Professional's bedroom, shown with the roof in the open position
Top-down view of the Head in the Stars Professional's living area
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Top-down view of the Head in the Stars Professional's living area

France's Optinid clearly knows it has a winning idea with its line of tiny houses sporting roofs that slide open, as the firm offers yet another take on the design with a model meant to be rented out as tourist accommodation. The home has a tweaked interior layout that offers a larger living room, sleeps up to four people and runs on solar power.

The Head in the Stars Professional is based on Optinid's standard Head in the Stars model and measures 6.6 m (21.6 ft)-long, 2.55 m (8.3 ft)-wide, and is 4 m (13 ft)-high. It rests on a double-axle trailer and its exterior is finished in wood with black polycarbonate accenting.

The bedroom is the most interesting part of the interior. Unlike Optinid's previous models, it's reached by ladder instead of staircase and boasts the same sunroof-style sliding roof that opens the room up to the elements when the weather's nice. When it's not so great, the roof can be closed and locked into position.

The Head in the Stars Professional's bedroom, shown with the roof in the open position
The Head in the Stars Professional's bedroom, shown with the roof in the open position

Down on the ground floor, a good chunk of the available space is taken up by the living room, which is more spacious than previous Optinid models and includes a sofa bed and a table.

Nearby lies the kitchen area. This is really small and basic, even for a French tiny house, and includes a sink, some shelving, a microwave, and a mini-fridge. The toilet and shower, which are kept in separate rooms, are both nearby.

The Head in the Stars Professional's living room is relatively spacious
The Head in the Stars Professional's living room is relatively spacious

The Head in the Stars Professional runs from a solar panel array and has insulation made from recycled cotton clothing. An electric heater keeps the interior warm, though the model shown isn't going to be used in winter so cold weather isn't too much of a concern anyway.

We've no word on the price for this one.

Source: Optinid (in French)

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