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Living in Suburban Tipi

 - Feb 7, 2008
References: johnnyp.org & yankodesign
Do you feel sometimes like ditching your complicated house and lifestyle and opting for a simpler one? Inspired by yuris, tipis, and igloos, designer John Paananen wanted to see if living in such an iconic spire would work in today's modern world. The “house” temporarily existed at Cranbrook Academy in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan for 7 months.

Unlike old tipis, this one used pvc siding, polypropylene sheeting, engineered timber, polycarbonate supports, and a bunch of other very circa 2007 building materials. The erect dimensions came out to be 16 feet tall, 18 feet in diameter.

Paanaen shares about his experience: