A tipi is a Native American tent, usually in a conical shape. John Paananen thought about giving the traditional tipi a modern twist and created this Suburban Tipi Design. Its origins come from living the typical nomadic existence. Here is where modern interferes with tradition. This tipi is made out of contemporary, light-weight materials. Read pvc, timber or polycarbonates. The interior was made following the same idea and incorporates panels, carpets and a plastic laminated floor. The innovation of this new type of housing is that it combines features not only found in tipis, but also in igloos and yurts. The suburban tipi was first installed at Cranbrook Academy of Art’s Maija Grotell Courtyard, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. It would also be interesting to found out the complete story behind John Paananen’s tipi.