Suburban Tipi

Suburban Tipi

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Janel Laban
Feb 3, 2009

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This "suburban tipi" was designed and installed by John Paananen at Cranbrook Academy in Michigan. The idea? To take the fused nomadic home designs of the yurt, tipi, and igloo and slip the straitjacket of suburban values, materials, and methods of construction over them. It looks pretty amazing both inside and out, especially...

...when illuminated at night.

It was inspired by a summer vacation spent on some land with a yurt and tipi on it in the high desert of Colorado in between John's first and second year at Cranbrook. John says, All I did was research on the immediate structures before me and read books that I had ordered regarding portable architecture, mobile housing and nomadic lifestyles.

Indoors it has a concrete firepit, plastic laminate flooring, carpet tiles, furniture and a large scale photo mural. The outer shell uses the traditional "suburban" siding over a timber construction.

More info: John Paananen

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