Quonset Hut Homes

Some modern homes are paying respect to its First World War predecessor, the Nissen hut which had dimensions of about 16ft high and 36ft long, and was purely made of rounded corrugated metal sheets. The interiors were completely insulated and its flooring was made of wood. Plywood played the part of being the front and back doorways of the huts, sometimes leaving one end open for people to gain access to it. The company made their first hut in only sixty days after being handed over the contract. When deployed in the rear, or the occupied territory of the soldiers, it could be flexibly used in any means the fighting force would need to; uses of it range from a makeshift barracks, latrine, isolation quarters, medical offices and bakeries.

The so-called “Pacific Hut” retained much of the original Quonset hut configurations, but the exterior housing was made of spruce, a hard tree abundant in the Atlantic region of the United States. Their usage of trees as housing implied some “camouflage effect” in the Pacific jungles when soldiers and staff are stationed along the countless islands before and after operations.

When the Americans won the Second World War along with her allies, the huts that were used in their operations were sent back to the country and were sold to the public to be made as housing shelters. But when the Korean War erupted in 1950, they were utilized once more to be made as temporary barracks for the soldiers fighting in the cold terrain of the Korean Peninsula.

Some residential areas in America, like in Los Angeles in California and in Michigan use these huts as means of providing quality but innovative housing. Some war veterans see those domed huts as one of the most recognizable pop culture icons when talking about the Second World War for its distinguishable domed but durable appearance. People turned some of the huts not only into houses but also shops, restaurants, event centers and chapels. The modern innovation of turning empty container vans into houses and shops pay their respects to this recycling practice of the past. And with the creativity of the human mind, people were building their own Quonset hut with other materials, compared to the familiar steel-like look of those domed huts

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