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Boy Scout Cabin
Photo courtesy of Gensler

Boy Scout Cabin

Gensler Architects
Catalina Island, CA

As reliable as a troop of Boy Scouts, shipping containers were the perfect building block for the eco-cabins Gensler designed for them. As architect Richard Hammond explains, “What we liked about containers we kept, what we didn’t like we changed.” Cheap, readily available and incredibly sustainable, Gensler’s cabins lay lightly on the land and are a fun and comfy teaching tool for the scouts they stylishly shelter.


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