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12 Unique Shipping Container Homes

Posted on Oct 23, 2009 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures

Twelve amazing shipping container houses

By Brian Clark Howard
Posted Mon Mar 16, 2009 10:50am PDT

 

Invented more than five decades ago, the modern shipping container is the linchpin in our global distribution network of products. In the containers go toys from China, textiles from India, grain from America, and cars from Germany. In go electronics, chocolate, nd cheese.                                                                              

  Container City
(Photo: Urban Space Management)

While a number of resourceful people have converted shipping containers into make-shift shelters at the margin of society for years, architects and green designers are also increasingly turning to the strong, cheap boxes as source building blocks.

Shipping containers can be readily modified with a range of creature comforts and can be connected and stacked to create modular, efficient spaces for a fraction of the cost, labor, and resources of more conventional materials.

Discover some of the exciting possibilities of shipping container architecture, from disaster relief shelters to luxury condos, vacation homes, and off-the-grid adventurers. See what makes them green as well as cutting edge.

 

 

Redondo Beach House
(Photo: Andre Movsesyan / DeMaria Design )

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10 Brilliant, Boxy and Sustainable Shipping Container Homes

Posted on Oct 21, 2009 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures

10 Brilliant, Boxy and Sustainable Shipping Container Homes

Source: DesignCrave.com

By Joe Wertz

12 container house 10 Brilliant, Boxy and Sustainable Shipping Container Homes

Shipping containers are tough. Built from weathering steel, these building blocks of international trade are designed to withstand stacking, stuffing and strapping and are reused over and over. There are roughly 17 million of these containers floating, riding and flying around the world today, but the recent sustainable design trend has found these containers re-purposed to carry a more fragile cargo — humans. Eight feet tall, eight feet wide and either 20 or 40 feet long, the containers don’t contain much space, but architects and building designers on the next page don’t exactly build within the box, so hit the jump and size up 10 great shipping container homes.

The Four Room House

four room house 10 Brilliant, Boxy and Sustainable Shipping Container Homes Stacked vertically on four different floors, Belgian architects Pieter Peelings and Silvia Mertens of Sculp(IT) have created a compact home for streamlined living. Each of the four small rooms serves a specific function. From the bottom up, a spiral staircase links a work floor, kitchen/dining floor, the living room floor and on the uppermost floor, a bedroom and bathroom space.

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