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Pros and Cons of ISBU Design [ArchDaily]

We’ve seen teams around the world doing great things with shipping containers, or intermodal steel building units (ISBU).  That said, even carefully designed projects seem to have challenges.  ArchDaily, in a recent article called The Pros and Cons of Cargo Container Architecture, said: “Shipping container homes makes sense where resources are scarce, containers are in abundance, and where people are in need of immediate shelter such as, developing nations and disaster relief.

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Solar Powered Sunset Idea House 2011

This is Sunset‘s Idea House, or Cargotecture, which was just on display recently during Celebration Weekend in Menlo Park.  It’s a tiny living space of 192 square-feet, though there’s room to sleep up to four.  It’s also solar-powered and ultra-modern, yet the nine-year old container structure has visited dozens of countries and traveled more than a half million nautical miles.

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First Container House in Mojave Desert

This is the first permitted shipping container house in the Mojave Desert near Joshua Tree, California, according to a statement by the architect, Walter Scott Perry, principal of ecotechdesign.  The home, also known as The Tim Palen Studio at Shadow Mountain, was built with re-purposed shipping containers and some impressive green elements such as a steel shade system, a living roof, and a 10,000 gallon water storage tank.

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Modern Home Contained in Missouri

This 2,600 square-foot home in Kansas City was built with five, used shipping containers from China and designed by owner Debbie Glassberg. Referred to as Home Contained, the project has a green roof, spray foam insulation, passive solar design, and geothermal heating. Watch this video below with Glassberg providing a tour of the place:

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Two-Container Backyard Office in Oakland

In 2005, Stephen Shoup, founder of design-build firm building LAB inc., bought a furniture and woodcarving building to convert it into a live-work space.  But Shoup’s firm outgrew the space — and Shoup went from singlehood to fatherhood — so he concocted a plan to create more room in the backyard.  He fashioned a modern, green office space from a retired freezer and a corrugated shipping container unit set in an L-shape.

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Tiny Idea House in a Shipping Container

Cargotecture c192 Nomad, shown in these renderings, has been selected as the 2011 Sunset Idea House, according to information posted online by architectural firm HyBrid Architecture.  The 192 square-foot structure will be on display at Celebration Weekend in Menlo Park, California this June. Read more »

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