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The Ultimate Family Tent?

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Camping can be a great communal experience especially if you have the chance to go with a large group of family or friends. But what do you do about living accommodation? Even if you’re able to set up your tents close to each other, at some point you, especially if the weather’s not great, you have to split off into your separate tents and bring the party to an abrupt end.

This remarkable award-winning creation by a Japanese company could be the solution. The outdoor equipment retailer Logos has created the 'Decagon’, a series of tents that can be used separately or linked together to create a massive communal living space. Each component can stand alone as a single traditional tent. But the special connecting system means they can be joined together in an infinite number of ways to create interior environments of any size.

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The various tents, canopies and tunnels available mean you can set up the tent to accommodate as many people as you like. And you can even park your car in the tent, if you wish!

In theory there’s no limit to the size and configuration of the set-up – apart from the space available on the campsite. The centrepiece is the large ten-sided decagon unit, which forms the hub of the system and can be connected to other components. This would be ideal to use as a living room, with other sections branching off to provide sleeping space, play areas or other living quarters.

The car joint tarpaulin can be set up to allow you access to your car boot, giving you instant access to all your gear without having to unpack. At the moment the Decagon is only available in Japan, where Logos sells the main hub for 110,000 yen (£900) and the smaller components from around £300. The sort of set-up shown in the pictures would come in at around £2,200, which admittedly is a lot of money but if you consider how many people it could accommodate it’s maybe not as bad as it sounds.

All images courtesy of Logos
 
Here’s a few more unusual tents:

Bubble tent

The transparent bubble tent is the creation of French designer Pierre Stephan Dumas and the they can be hired at sites across France for £400 a night www.bubbletree.fr

 
tree tent

These onion shaped tree tents, designed by Dre Wapenaar ,hang from trees like giant pods from a 1970s sci-fi movie www.drewapenaar.com

 Solar tent

Glastonbury is the spiritual home of all things alternative, so it’s fitting that mobile phone company Orange chose the festival to show off this prototype for a solar powered tent www.newsroom.orange.co.uk

 
Seen any unusual or innovative tents on your camping travels? Visit our gallery and share your pictures
 

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