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February 11, 2013
From tents to trailers, we take a look at homes that push the boundaries of traditional architecture.
Yellow North Face tent atop a wooden deck

Setsumasa and Mami Kobayashi’s weekend retreat, two and a half hours northwest of Tokyo, is what a modern back-to-the-land effort looks like. One North Face tent sits atop a deck; another caps the main building, which contains a kitchen and dining area. Take a look at more of this tent structure here.

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Originally appeared in A Platform for Living
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The materials palette that I chose is light in color with a few splashes of color. This lightness holds the space open and gives it a contemporary feel.

Andreas Stavropoulos chose a light material palette with a few splashes of color for the 1959 Airstream travel trailer he calls home. The lightness holds the space open and gives it a contemporary feel. See more of this renovated trailer here.

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Originally appeared in The Airstream Life
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Connie DeWitt and Kam Kasravi chose to build their Santa Cruz, CA home out of shipping containers as a homage to the old South Pacific Railroad Line, which is near the home’s site. “In a way, they are the modern great-granddaughters of the trains that used to pass by here: metal boxes used for transportation,” muses DeWitt. See the interior of this home here.

Originally appeared in Railroad Revival
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Bob Krone and Paula van Dijk go for a walk while Lucas and Jillis Noordhoek lounge on the grass. Their parents, Jacquelien and Cees Noordhoek, chat farther to the right.

Communal living has never looked better than on this Dutch property. x Take a look at the rest of the Creative Commons collective here.

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Originally appeared in Modern Communal Living in the Netherlands
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Modern weekend home with Pac-Clad metal cladding

This home’s metal cladding is Pac-Clad, a material typically used for roofs. See more of this Pac-Clad home here.

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Originally appeared in Come Sail Away
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Jeff Walz gazes over the railing from the front stoop of his recycled steel–and–glass home, which replaced the quaint-but-decrepit 140-year-old farm-house in which he’d originally planned to reside

Jeff Walz gazes over the railing from the front stoop of his recycled steel-and-glass home, which replaced the quaint-but-decrepit 140-year-oldfarmhouse in which he’d originally planned to reside. View the rest of this Pittsburgh steeler here.

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Originally appeared in Pittsburgh Steeler
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Yellow North Face tent atop a wooden deck

Setsumasa and Mami Kobayashi’s weekend retreat, two and a half hours northwest of Tokyo, is what a modern back-to-the-land effort looks like. One North Face tent sits atop a deck; another caps the main building, which contains a kitchen and dining area. Take a look at more of this tent structure here.

Photo by Dean Kaufman.

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