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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.
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

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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

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The Miner and Major is an experiment in communal living and fantastical form.

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

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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.

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

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prefab japan tiny small house home interior exterior facade moriyama

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

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Originally appeared in Building Blocks
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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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