6 Clever Structures People Call Home

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February 11, 2013
From tents to trailers, we take a look at homes that push the boundaries of traditional architecture.
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  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 KaufmanCourtesy of: Dean Kaufman

    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

    Courtesy of: Dean Kaufman

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  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.  Photo by: Mark ComptonCourtesy of: Mark Compton

    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.

    Photo by: Mark Compton

    Courtesy of: Mark Compton

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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.

    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.

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

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

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

    Courtesy of: Dean Kaufman

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  This home’s metal cladding is Pac-Clad, a material typically used for roofs. See more of this Pac-Clad home here.  Photo by: David Robert ElliotCourtesy of: David Robert Elliot

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

    Photo by: David Robert Elliot

    Courtesy of: David Robert Elliot

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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-oldfarmhouse in which he’d originally planned to reside. View the rest of this Pittsburgh steeler here.  Photo by: Livia CoronaCourtesy of: Livia Corona

    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.

    Photo by: Livia Corona

    Courtesy of: Livia Corona

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