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All photos by <a href="">Anouska Rickard</a> via <a href="">Urban Campsite Amsterdam</a>
All photos by Anouska Rickard via Urban Campsite Amsterdam

This summer, a troop of eye-catching artwork-cum-portable-shelters descended upon Centrumeiland, one of Amsterdam's new artificial islands in the nascent district of IJburg. Looking at these very rad, very strange structures, it feels as if a bunch of designers got totally fed up with tiny house conventions—e.g. lofted beds, fold-down tables, clean lines—and just decided: Screw it, I'm going to do whatever the heck I want. But in fact, this is all part of UrbanCampsite Amsterdam, an annual public exhibition and "art-sleep experience" in which a diverse group of designers/architects/artists create habitable art for an unusual or underused part of the city.

This year's crop of micro dwellings includes a tent with a trampoline for a roof and a multi-hued shelter with legs named "Bedbug" (Yikes!) The "campsite" also offers two communal areas, a lounge platform and a "bathroom tower." Intrigued? All 12 dwellings can be booked via Airbnb through August. Browse the dozen shelters below.

· Urban Campsite Amsterdam [official site via Designboom]
· New Startup Lets You 'Test Drive' a Tiny House for $99 a Night [Curbed]
· This 140-Square-Foot Apartment Has Everything You'd Need [Curbed]
· All small space coverage [Curbed]