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January 2, 2014
Though it's sometimes looked down upon as a dowdy counterpart to its enclosed cousin, the garage, the carport is a functional and—as these examples from Dwell's archives suggest—often elegant touch that complements a modern house.
Modern carport near Palm Springs, California

A carport stands apart from the home that David McAdam and Scott Smith built in the desert near Palm Springs, California, and is topped with Solar World’s Sun Module photovoltaic panels. McAdam and Smith have grown quite used to their small electric bills. Photo by Misha Gravenor.

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Originally appeared in Plan of Steel
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Modern carport in Decatur, Georgia

The carport outside Todd and Heather Dominey's house in Decatur, Georgia, leaves the vehicles it shelters partially exposed to the elements but encourages a southeast breeze to flow through, keeping the spaces cool.

Originally appeared in Dominey Pavilion and Carport
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Modern breezeway in East Hampton, New York

Tanya Wexler and Amy Zimmerman linger in the dual carport-breezeway, designed to draw eyes, and footsteps, from the driveway through their house in East Hampton, New York, to the gently sloping backyard and swimming pool beyond. Photo by João Canziani.

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Originally appeared in Kid Tested, Mothers Approved
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Steel carport in Austin, Texas

Patrick Wong, an Austin, Texas-based architectural photographer, asked the firm Cottam Hargrave for a carport addition after construction wrapped on the live-work space they designed for him on land he had purchased from his grandfather. “I handed Jay [Hargrave] two books: one on Alexander Calder’s mobiles, and one on insects,” Wong says. The result is a soaring, winglike steel, aluminum and Galvalume structure fabricated by the architects that gives additional protection from the sun, provides a smoother transition from exterior to interior, and allows clients and other visitors a covered space under which to park. Photo by Patrick Wong.

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Originally appeared in Texas Two-Step
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Steel house near Ithaca, New York

Maria Cook and Lance Compa turned a carport into a breezeway in the steel-sided house they bought near Ithaca, New York, adding patio furniture and an orange bench to give the space a dash of color. Along with a patio, it adds 1,300 square feet of usable space during the warmer months. Photo by Adam Friedberg.

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Originally appeared in Industrial Revolution
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Modern carport in Los Angeles, California

Architect Jayna Cooper, pictured here with her boyfriend, Tonu Mets, designed her house in Los Angeles with an eye toward outdoor spaces, like carport shown here and a fire pit out back. Photo by Mikey Tnasuttimonkol.

Originally appeared in 131-Day House
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Modern carport in Winter Park, Colorado

Michael Johnson’s answer to having little buildable land to work with in his design of Ruth Hiller’s house in Winter Park, Colorado, was to elevate and cantilever the kitchen, living, and dining space over the carport, nearly doubling the home’s living area. Photo by Bjorn Wallander.

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Originally appeared in Ski Lift
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Modern carport in New Jersey

A wooden carport serves as an elegant gateway to a prefabricated lake house in New Jersey designed by Resolution: 4 Architecture. Photo by Mark Mahaney.

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Originally appeared in A Lakeside Prefab in New Jersey
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Modern carport near Palm Springs, California

A carport stands apart from the home that David McAdam and Scott Smith built in the desert near Palm Springs, California, and is topped with Solar World’s Sun Module photovoltaic panels. McAdam and Smith have grown quite used to their small electric bills. Photo by Misha Gravenor.

Photo by Misha Gravenor.

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