Artist builds his Savannah studio with shipping containers

Architect, artist, Julio Garcia had been designing plans for shipping container homes for a decade before he found the perfect place to build one: on a long, narrow stretch of his property in Savannah, Georgia. “I’m a big believer we should be adapting to the environment… I remember walking out and looking at the yard and thinking oh my god the land is calling for this linear design.”

He picked up two 40 foot shipping containers from the Port of Savannah and, thanks to much advance planning, he was able to install them without removing one tree from his property. He offset the two boxes, cut out the interior container walls and added I-beams, a shed roof and clerestory windows in the center to provide plenty of .

“There’s nothing worse than feeling like you’re inside a container so in the design we had to address that. I’ve been in a couple of projects and they don’t function very well and you’re like, ‘Oh, I still feel like I’m in a metal box’.”

Garcia believes containers can make for : “you could put up a structure like this for about 50K”, but much of the interior was from other job sites (i.e. the drywall and the kitchen). His Street Projects creates plans that are “almost do-it-yourself plans” for shipping container homes and he has installed commercial container spaces, but he’s a big believer that the site should determine the design.


  1. He said 50k for the house, but from the pictures they had of the
    construction it looks like he build it himself with some help. So if you
    want a house like this for 50k like him, you’re probably going to have to
    get some building experience before hand.

  2. Thank you for all of these videos Kirsten. This channel is inspiring me and
    a ton of other people to live more efficiently.

  3. its so unfortunate that the laws around here do not allow any use of
    shipping containers or parts there of in non comercial zones.

  4. I’ve been waiting to copy this model for a home for years.Thank you for
    interviewing them! I’ve only seen a few photos and had to try and guess
    dimensions etc lol. Stoked on this video

  5. this is alot like my idea of my dream house. Although id prob use another
    couple of containers for a studio and more rooms

  6. IMHO- Because of hurricane surge, I would go with taller pylons and jack
    this up for a better view and to ‘ride-out’ those storms. I would have it
    bolted it to the pylons and welded all aspects together on those ‘I’ beams.
    A counter-weight elevator to move family and groceries, etc. from ground
    level to porch/house level would be handy and also allow for parking under
    the house. I love the reuse of a slated for demolition kitchen and the
    light from the clerestory windows opens up the whole inside. Love this

  7. 1. Where does the kid sleep when he/she grows up?
    2. Don’t you think it’s weird having hung on the side and 2 nooses?

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