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Airbnb Don’t Just Rent Homes, They Are Now Building Them



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.

Related: The Birth of the ‘Airbnb Wing’: How Home Builders are Tapping into the Sharing Economy



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