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August 8, 2013
Many camps argue that communal living is the way of the future because of it's lower impact on the environment. Could you do it? Here, we take a look at five examples of modern communal living situations that are making it work and doing it in style.
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  MODERN COMMUNAL LIVING IN THE NETHERLANDS Craving not just a home but a proper piece of architecture, a handful of design- and business-savvy Dutch families banded together, hired an architect, and set about forming the community that would net them the houses of their dreams. photos by: Dean Kaufman  Photo by Dean Kaufman.

    MODERN COMMUNAL LIVING IN THE NETHERLANDS

    Craving not just a home but a proper piece of architecture, a handful of design- and business-savvy Dutch families banded together, hired an architect, and set about forming the community that would net them the houses of their dreams.

    photos by: Dean Kaufman

    Photo by Dean Kaufman.
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  COMMUNAL LAKESIDE VACATION HOUSE IN ONTARIO On a lakeside plot outside Toronto, four friends forge a new kind of vacation house. hotos by: Lorne Bridgman  Photo by Lorne Bridgman.

    COMMUNAL LAKESIDE VACATION HOUSE IN ONTARIO

    On a lakeside plot outside Toronto, four friends forge a new kind of vacation house.

    hotos by: Lorne Bridgman

    Photo by Lorne Bridgman.
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  COMMUNAL LIVING ON A BUDGET IN BROOKLYN The Miner and a Major is an experiment in communal living and fantastical form. A New York story of creativity born from hardscrabble circumstance, the project grew out of the joint imagination of three architects with a limited budget. photos by: Spencer Lowell  Photo by Spencer Lowell.

    COMMUNAL LIVING ON A BUDGET IN BROOKLYN

    The Miner and a Major is an experiment in communal living and fantastical form. A New York story of creativity born from hardscrabble circumstance, the project grew out of the joint imagination of three architects with a limited budget.

    photos by: Spencer Lowell

    Photo by Spencer Lowell.
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  LOW-TECH UTOPIA People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones, which probably isn't an issue when the glass house is a commune. Sitting placidly in the midst of open farmland (as evidenced by the gray plastic crop covers that seem to run into the greenhouses), Millennium City is an experiment by Japanese architect Hiroshi Iguchi in utopian sustainable living. photos by: Alessio Guarino  Photo by Alessio Guarino.

    LOW-TECH UTOPIA

    People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones, which probably isn't an issue when the glass house is a commune. Sitting placidly in the midst of open farmland (as evidenced by the gray plastic crop covers that seem to run into the greenhouses), Millennium City is an experiment by Japanese architect Hiroshi Iguchi in utopian sustainable living.

    photos by: Alessio Guarino

    Photo by Alessio Guarino.
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  BUILDING BLOCKS On a double suburban lot in Tokyo, the Office of Ryue Nishizawa built a neighborhood-scaled, flexible-format minimalist steel prefab compound for Yasuo Moriyama—a very private individual with a powerful social bent—and six rental tenants. Every room is its own building—even Moriyama's bath is a freestanding box. Here, tradition and innovation interweave to create a new kind of community. photos by: Dean Kaufman  Photo by Dean Kaufman.

    BUILDING BLOCKS

    On a double suburban lot in Tokyo, the Office of Ryue Nishizawa built a neighborhood-scaled, flexible-format minimalist steel prefab compound for Yasuo Moriyama—a very private individual with a powerful social bent—and six rental tenants. Every room is its own building—even Moriyama's bath is a freestanding box. Here, tradition and innovation interweave to create a new kind of community.

    photos by: Dean Kaufman

    Photo by Dean Kaufman.
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Seen here from the south, Villa van Vijven’s orange facade is meant to mimic the tiled rooftops of Holland’s country buildings, while the building’s horizontal pull echoes the flat landscape. The second-floor living rooms look out on the 4,200-square-foot

MODERN COMMUNAL LIVING IN THE NETHERLANDS

Craving not just a home but a proper piece of architecture, a handful of design- and business-savvy Dutch families banded together, hired an architect, and set about forming the community that would net them the houses of their dreams.

photos by: Dean Kaufman

Photo by Dean Kaufman.

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