[Video] Peter DeMaria Talks About Cargo Container Design and Sustainability

In this interview, G Living sits down with Peter DeMaria to talk about his work using containers in modern home design and construction.  I was really impressed with DeMaria — he tells you everything you ever wanted to know about container architecture and talks about scalability, sustainability, mold, termites, insulation, design, etc.  If you're thinking about using containers in your project, the ones mentioned in this interview cost about $900 – $2500 and are about 320 sf per unit.  Great video!

Peter received significant exposure for his design of the Redondo Beach House, a modern home built with containers.  He's also working on Logical Homes and explains in the above video that Logical Homes will be launching soon.  The images below are of a multi-use, container project in Venice under construction right now.

4/4/2009 Update: Logical Homes has officially launched!



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  • Rocka

    that was incredible, great find! I want to buy a container home. I never thought I’d say that but I am now officially over the “hesitant phase” – I’m sold, this architect isn’t some quack but a professional who is reinventing how to build alternative and enviro responsible homes. When do Logical Homes go on sale and where do I get more info on them?

  • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

    @Rocka – this container design thing is totally legit. Here’s a link to Logical Homes, although it’s in prelaunch. As Peter says in the video, that company will be launching soon.

  • Lizzie Edge

    pure brilliance

    im currently at university studying architecture in Liverpool in UK, and found this video really useful.

    the project im working on is a building with a gallery space located along the beach front by were i live, made out of shipping containers. 😀

  • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

    @lizzie – glad you liked it. Feel free to send along information/pics of your project, if you like. Sounds like it will be pretty cool.

  • Moby

    Love this video, it is so encouraging. I am living in Jamaica, and the cost of housing has gone through the roof. A majority (99%) of the houses are built with cement and cement block, the costs associated with these building inputs alone will send the cost of a two bedroom house up to (approx.) US$200K, J$14m.

    Crazy ain’t it? That’s when I had this idea of cutting cost in the soon to be constructed house of mine. I thought of Cargo containers. Not very popular; truth to be told, people would laugh at the idea. But then, I would have the last laugh, for not only would i cut the cost of construction by at least 65%, but would end up with a house just as strong or even stronger than cement and blocks and steel.

    This house I presume would be strong enough to stand up to Cat. 5 hurricanes that we experience here in the Caribbean.

    I think you need to explore setting up a business here in Jamaica. Believe me, I would be your first customer.

    Keep up the good work.


  • fred hensel

    how can i get wind load and other specks needed to make shure thease containers can be used and properly permitted . need miami dade county thank you want to use one as a shead

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  • http://www.prefabrikyapi.com/konteynerler/konteynerler.htm konteyner

    its very good projected.

  • http://www.parrisa.co.uk zeeshan


    Thants an amazing coversion from a cargo container. Well!! if anyone is interested to buy cargo containers, then simply send me an email and i can arrange as many as you want.



  • Edgar Markosyan

    I personlly know Peter DeMaria.. He is a great Architect… and a nice person… His work is amazing..

  • Bailey

    friend called me from LA and Logical Homes is about to open any day this week. Can’t wait to see their projects!!!

  • http://www.kartalprefabrik.com prefabrik

    Can’t wait to see their projects!!!

  • Judirn_46

    I have no problem with the use of shipping containers as structural elements in new construction. I have no problem with shipping containers as structural elements in remodeling or in additions to existing structures. I DO have a problems when one (or 2) are used to construct an addition to an existing structure and is left in a state to resemble a boxcar siding or a storage area for defunct containers.
    When used with an existing structure, the container should be finished to compliment the structure, not left to be a blight on the neighborhood. Anyone interested in how this looks, should drive by 2175 San Francisco Avenue, Long Beach, CA. Mr. deMaria & the property owners lied or changed their minds from their original design plans, this is why the neighborhood is upset. LYING IS NEVER RIGHT, even to get what you want.

    I love the designs on his web site. It is amazing how he manages to incorporate his designs into the neighborhhods he is showing. Unfortunately, his project in Long Beach is totally out of character with the existing structure and the neighborhood. What he has done at that site belongs in a Wilmington storage area or a railroad siding not in a 70+ year old single family neighborhood.
    I do not blame him entirely, the common sense and intractability of the owners of the project may also contribute to the rail yard appearance.

  • Thesbcritic

    Sorry to disagree, but I think containers are really cool especially when they’re placed along side an older building.

  • http://www.facebook.com/notefromself Michael Self

    Peter De Maria is the man! I hope to use him as my architect or at least mentor when I build my shipping container house in Los Angeles.

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