On designing a stackable, bioclimatic shipping container home

March 4, 2019 john 19 53197 13:17

Motivated by her love of mobile homes and bioclimatic design, as well as the surplus of shipping containers at Athens Port Piraeus, Nastazia Spyropoulou created a passive solar container home that is topped by a living roof and has little need of traditional heating/cooling. Her prototype Cocoon Module is made from a used (though good…

Side-door container 2nd life as WA’s ski town outdoorsy home

November 14, 2017 john 26 23513 14:30

Shiah Lints was tired of life in a 2500 converted farmhouse, so he bought a side door shipping container to convert it into a tiny new home. The “train car” style container is built to open completely on two sides so Shiah didn’t need to make any cuts (and thereby lose structural strength). Containers are…

Rolling huts: metal-clad tiny wheeled homes move on a meadow

August 2, 2017 john 20 23488 14:57

When Michal Friedrich bought an old farm-turned-RV-park in Washington State’s Methow Valley, he wanted to restore the flood-plane meadow while leaving it open to guests. He called on Seattle architect Tom Kundig, known for his mechanized homes often reliant on archaic pulleys, cranks and levers, to construct alternative mobile cabins (alternative RV park). The six…

Hydraulic doors transform containers in retrotronic shelters

May 1, 2017 john 17 27905 14:29

Comparing their work to reanimating a corpse, Matthew Quilty and Adam Kalkin believe in giving new life to unused shipping containers. They have turned these industrial corpses into homes, mobile kitchens/cafes, and event spaces. “In the United States today there are about a half a billion containers just sitting there, about 70% of those are…

Artist builds his Savannah studio with shipping containers

October 24, 2016 john 19 19030 11:42

Architect, artist, designer 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…

How 16 containers became 8 wanted market-rate Phoenix condos

September 12, 2016 john 20 5319 14:29

On an old used car lot in Phoenix, architects Brian Stark and Wesley James placed 16 used shipping containers and turned them into 8 one-bedroom apartments. With the goal of creating market-rate rental units, the architects tried to work with the containers rather than altering them. The containers are stacked as they would be on…

NYC’s micro-modular, Minecraft-era building rises in 1 month

July 19, 2016 john 0 13726 13:18

Single people now make up a third of New York City’s households and with the average rent for a studio at $2,600, the city responded in 2012 by announcing a competition to design units smaller than the minimum size of 400 square feet. Mimi Hoang and Eric Bunge of nArchitects won with their ‘My Micro…

Gothenburg stacked cargo containers as instant house/offices

September 30, 2015 john 0 1245 25:18

Mats Johansson has rehabbed shipping containers in the port of Gothenburg (Sweden) for over 20 years, but in the past decade he’s being hired to turn aging cargo capsules into architecture. He’s created workshops, pop-up bars and restaurants and soon he will help create student housing from containers, but he calls the creative workspace he…