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May 7, 2013
With summer just around the corner, there is no better time and place to plan an outdoor excursion. Take a look at these five functional and sustainable housing units, that embrace nature's charm.
The exterior facade of the Cricket Trailer designed by Garrett Finney.

Stationed an hour outside of Austin, Texas resides self-contained pop-up campers designed by Garrett Finney. Finney claims that Cricket Trailers are "a portable adventure living space."

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Originally appeared in Modern NASA-Inspired Cricket Trailer
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kobayashi residence tents

One North Face tent sits atop a deck; another caps the main building, which contains a kitchen and dining area. Photo by: Dean Kaufman

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swamp hut night

These steep pitches let snow slide off the roofs and create enough room inside for both men and their families to stand up and stretch.

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airstream Andreas Stavroupolos lead

The Airstream is tucked into the back garden of a Berkeley co-op. "Having a garden at my footsteps and chickens just over the fence make it feel peaceful and private," says architect and resident, Andreas Stavropoulos. Photo by: Mark Compton

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carre d'etoiles telescope landscape

The creators, Louis & Nathalie Blanco from France, are honing in on the lesser-exploited niche of hotel prefab—they describe the Carré d'Etoiles as "a new type of sustainable tourism by developing concepts combining accommodation that lets you get closer to nature, and high quality hotel services."

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The exterior facade of the Cricket Trailer designed by Garrett Finney.

Stationed an hour outside of Austin, Texas resides self-contained pop-up campers designed by Garrett Finney. Finney claims that Cricket Trailers are "a portable adventure living space."

Photo by Sarah Wilson.

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