Farmhouse in a hangar: NJ modern home creates a world within

When architect Adam Kalkin placed a huge airplane hangar over his 1880s New Jersey farmhouse, he hoped to gain space for his family while preserving the original clapboard cottage: “it’s kind of a ship in a bottle type of thing”.

He also hoped to continue to reimagine our idea of home: his Push-Button Home is a pop-up house in a shipping container; and other Quik House is an affordable, rapidly-deployable shipping container home; Solar House is an A-frame of nothing but solar panels and shipping containers.

With his “Bunny Lane” home, Kalkin assembled a conventional Butler aircraft hangar around the original small home, but that is only a part of the story. At one end of the 27-foot-high, 33-foot-wide space, Kalkin created a grid of nine rooms from concrete block. A kind of modern treehouse, this all-glass wall of rooms peers down on the original home and a small “piazza” or “town square”.

“It’s got kind of an urban roofscape thing, I always like seeing roofs. You get that feeling like you get sometimes in New York… You know just because you’re in the country- I want to recall urban experiences- why can’t you recall urban experiences in a house in the country.”

For Kalkin, the mix of materials and eras in one home is important. “I clearly have a respect for old things, but I want to incorporate them into a dialogue with present, future, past. I’m just saying, ‘what’s your idea of a utopia?’ This isn’t necessarily what is historically considered a utopian house… but how do you create something that you can actually live in that doesn’t make you sad about looking backward? How do you build a present in architecture, how do you build an eternal present? So this is a way of answering that question.”

Adam’s company Industrial Zombie (with a focus on shipping container architecture):
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  1. Abby Something
    June 18, 2017

    If you have enough money to do that, how come you don't have enough money for the slide open roof, like in a NFL football stadium? Be great for a sunny day….

  2. Desert Pepper
    June 25, 2017

    why not buy a larger farm home?

  3. Windycorner
    July 4, 2017

    I always feel bad for ships in the bottle.

  4. B. Chan
    July 5, 2017

    "the idea that you have to choose, is a false choice"……interesting

  5. Jeff Watt
    August 2, 2017

    Have had the same idea but backwards, too find a large cheap industrial space and build a tiny house inside it, and within the same covered space room for workshop, parking, hobbies and storage….basically an evil lair.

  6. Arash Arfazadeh
    August 7, 2017

    the hangar needs a few skylights, and those block walls need to be plastered and painted. that grey tone is too cold and oppressive in those amounts. the kitchen looks like an IKEA display kitchen without any natural daylight like that. otherwise an interesting concept i've also fantasised about

  7. Ali Shah
    August 18, 2017

    This is a amazing man .. bravo to you sir !

  8. LuffiAce
    August 18, 2017

    Damn, that's a Mansion but not a Mansion.

  9. Mercedes Powell
    August 19, 2017

    Interesting and creepy. It reminds me of a bunker living situation. Reminiscent of living in a 1950s-60s bunker and trying to recreate a normal living situation inside with an 'outside.' Like preppers for an apocalypse. It's really weird. But unique for sure. Do your thing!

  10. J1 M2
    September 3, 2017

    What are u ppl talking about? This is just redundant. Why not live in the hangar itself. The house and hangar don't blend. The offices are the best part about this whole thing. A lot of wasted potential

  11. You Heard Me
    September 15, 2017

    It's too dark in there for my taste. But then I don't live there…

  12. sailmonkey flying
    September 29, 2017

    It's like a "house" amusement park.

  13. TheHillbillyHybrid
    September 29, 2017

    That has to be the crazy thing I have ever seen

  14. Jannatul Ferdous
    October 1, 2017

    Very lovely house, and a wise thought to preserve history, like to see more of its architecture.

  15. Drew Cummins
    October 17, 2017

    3rd building (office) area is cool. I wonder what the square footage is?

  16. VicRules666
    October 25, 2017

    Ugly shit.

  17. noctanol
    November 5, 2017

    This looks dumb as hell, I'm sorry

  18. KJ 5000
    November 7, 2017

    If he they like it that's all that matters but for me It looks like a waste of space cuz it's just triple everything but cool if u like 6 offices/ studies/work space & with everything being open heating & cooling price???

  19. carmen hyang
    November 8, 2017


  20. kneedeepinbluebells
    November 14, 2017

    Awful – Just Dreadful use of space

  21. Anil Singh
    November 16, 2017

    I really love this . I wish God could grant me a home like this .. wow

  22. Me Us
    November 17, 2017

    Far out! EXCELLENT!

  23. Kimmie Elzain
    November 23, 2017

    OHMYGOSH!!!! A real life doll house! How brilliant!

  24. puertousbmonkey
    November 25, 2017

    is this an inception house?

  25. Avant Garbage
    November 29, 2017


  26. surfmotor
    November 30, 2017

    That is cool. I have been seeing a lot of Barns and Large Garages being turned into a top apartment. But this is something different.

  27. Jay Morgan
    December 1, 2017

    I didn't know

  28. JK FRT
    December 13, 2017

    Very impressive but must have been very expensive considering how perfect everything looks.

  29. Some One
    December 16, 2017

    It looks like the movie set of
    Blast From The Past
    the Christopher Walken Brendan Fraser movie

  30. Mark C
    December 20, 2017

    Everyone’s saying it’s to Dark or why would someone do this. Obviously it’s this guys preference and makes him and his family feel good. I’m sure he can add big glass window to the ceiling to bring in light if he wants or change the aesthetics to be appealing to someone else but he likes it just how he wanted it & that’s all that matters. I find it looks like fun to be in. I also love the view of how you can be at the top of one of the Lofts an look at your house from inside a house lolz, it’s very interesting & something you don’t see everyday.

  31. Kade Hettrich
    December 23, 2017

    Office area reminds me of a adult dollhouse

  32. Mrs. Garcia
    December 25, 2017

    Wild! Very interesting

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