Tech giants Airbnb are moving into property development, announcing plans this week that they plan to start building their own homes.
Airbnb issued a release from co-founder Joe Gebbia stating the online accommodation providers are officially prototyping new ways to design, build and share homes.
In 2016 Gebbia was a critical part of launching an Airbnb design arm called Samara and will be spearheading the home building initiative, “Backyard”.
Backyard aims to utilise sophisticated manufacturing techniques, smart-home technologies, and vast insight from the Airbnb community to thoughtfully respond to changing owner or occupant needs over time.
The project’s mission statement centres around Backyard being driven by a passion for humanistic, future-oriented and waste conscious design.
Airbnb first decided to venture into home building after discovering many of their hosts were modifying their homes to increase capacity and user experience.