Camping Gets Fancy Via Solar Power Concept

There are times when you just want to escape from your life. For that, there’s a Leav, a complex, many-leveled canvas structure that looks more like a Frank Lloyd Wright artifact than any tent you’ve ever seen. In fact, if Wright – the pioneer of organic architecture – were alive today, he’d probably be vacationing in a Leav.

Leav inventor Benjamin Charles, 27, currently a resident of Paris with a Masters in Industrial Design from L’école de Design Nantes Atlantique, created this extraordinarily cantilevered outdoor space to address the needs of the camping industry and campers, the latter of whom often find themselves in the middle of nowhere with no lighting except a campfire and a kerosene lantern once it gets dark.

Leav Tent

Image via Coroflot

In addition to solar photovoltaic-driven lighting, Charles’s Leav has solar thermal panels incorporated into the canvas to deliver hot water to the kitchen and bathroom (yes, this tent has both!).  At the back of the tent, to offer more privacy to family members, are dry toilets, or composting toilets, those marvels of sanitary engineering which use little or no water and yet are odor-free.

The Leav, first conceived in 2008, aims for a totally sustainable vacation that will not harm whatever ecosphere you decide to visit. Over and above that, the Leav looks like something the U.S. military might snap up in its efforts to meet Energy for the Warfighter program goals which we reported on in March. Now, if some designer could incorporate Leav principles with the solar power-driven reverse osmosis water supply system (which we also wrote about in March), that would be huge!


  • Reply April 7, 2012


    How much does this cost to build?

  • Reply April 8, 2012


    I want more information

  • Reply April 8, 2012


    How does it fold up? Is the wooden frame on the bottom just for display? How much does it cost? It looks smart but it doesn’t look cheap.
    Of course, you could always put solar PV, and water heat on top of an RV motorhome or trailer, and install composting toilets.

  • Reply April 8, 2012


    Also, a big problem when camping is SHADING. Lots of trees and stuff. Sometimes the tent must go in one spot and the solar needs to go someplace that has better exposure to the sun, and run a power cable to the campsite.
    And – consider portability. This thing doesn’t look like something you can throw in the back of a small RV, especially when you look at the size of the panels. Nor does it look lightweight. Maybe if you put a frame with tires on the bottom and with some redesign it would make a way cool popup.
    Bright idea, though. Just needs more practical refinement.

  • Reply April 9, 2012

    Deborah Hart

    What a clever and functional idea.. One could possibly live in comfortably for a long period of time. Thank you for your creative miracle.

  • Reply April 12, 2012

    Stray Electron

    Does the girl come with it?

  • Reply April 13, 2012


    would this work in the netherlands  , and how much would it cost
    i thinking of buidling  4 houses on camping ground

  • Reply April 20, 2012

    Ryan Brown

    That thing is HUGE, not like a tent sized setup.

    Ryan @

    Portable Solar Power

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