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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.
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  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.

    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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  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.

    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.

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  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.  Photo by João Canziani.

    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.

    Photo by João Canziani.
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  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.  Photo by Patrick Wong. Courtesy of ©2009 Patrick Y. WongCopyright Case # 1-266025680 Filed October 27, 2009.

    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.

    Photo by Patrick Wong. Courtesy of ©2009 Patrick Y. WongCopyright Case # 1-266025680 Filed October 27, 2009.
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  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.  Photo by Adam Friedberg.

    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.

    Photo by Adam Friedberg.
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  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.  Photo by Mikey Tnasuttimonkol.

    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.

    Photo by Mikey Tnasuttimonkol.
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  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.  Photo by Bjorn Wallander.

    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.

    Photo by Bjorn Wallander.
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  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.  Photo by Mark Mahaney.

    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.

    Photo by Mark Mahaney.
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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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