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Airbnb will start testing prototype homes next year, report says

Airbnb plans to begin selling multi-unit buildings and houses. Foto: Bloomberg photo by Waldo Swiegers

Airbnb announced Thursday that it will begin testing prototype homes as soon as next year to accommodate the needs of owners or occupants who rent and share living spaces.

The new project, called Backyard, is "an initiative to prototype new ways that homes can be designed, built, and shared," the company said in a news release. Just as the company changed the way homeowners use their spare rooms, Airbnb said it would extend its thinking to architecture and construction more broadly. Backyard will assess how novel manufacturing techniques, connected devices and feedback from Airbnb customers can be used to design new types of buildings that adapt to flexible living arrangements...

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