Here’s the story: A handful of entrepreneurs nurtured a graduate school business plan into an actual company called PFNC Global Communities. The acronym stands for “por fin, nuestra casa,” which is translated as “finally, a home of our own.” PFNC’s purpose is to convert shipping containers into affordable housing for those who most desperately need it around the globe.
We’re bringing you back-to-back container home coverage here with this home on an infill lot in the eastern hills above San Francisco Bay. Designed by Leger Wanaselja Architecture, the project required three insulated containers to create a cozy, two-bedroom house. Two forty-foot containers were stacked on one side and the third was cut in the middle. The split containers were also stacked on the other side. The three containers are brought together with a large, glassy atrium that spans both the first and second floors. It’s a simple design that shows what’s possible with innovative home construction. Make sure to check out the construction images, too.
For the past two years, we’ve been media sponsors for the always excellent West Coast Green conference. WCG pushes the envelope on innovation and sustainability, and this year will be no different. Today I received renderings of the West Coast Green Showhouse, aka the SG Blocks 2008 Showhouse, built by SG Blocks and designed by The Lawrence Group. It’s a 1700 sf container home, but you probably can’t tell just by looking. Sustainability will be number one, with GreenPoint and LEED certification in the plans. Plus, it seems that ecofabulous will be doing the interior design work, so the home, you can believe, will be modish, posh, and green.
A Detroit-based group has a container project in mind for a blighted chunk of land near Wayne State University. News of the project hit the press this morning and local citizens didn’t quite know what to expect (see comments). The project is currently being called "Exceptional Green Living on Rosa Parks" and would feature containers stacked four high with windows and doors cut out into various places. In total, the 17-unit condo project would have units ranging in size from 960 – 1,920 and price from $100k – $190k. Pretty good price for a modern, green pad.
The Skinners Playground project by Phooey Architects of Melbourne, Australia is a project that makes compelling use of shipping containers. Many container architecture projects do little that breaks out of the strong rectilinear form of the component boxes. While only four shipping containers were used for Skinners Playground, they are cut and amended in such as way as to make much more of them than simply four box-shaped rooms. Even if the exteriors had been painted over, it would be immediately obvious that this was built from shipping containers. But, at the same time, this is a case of the whole being far more than merely a sum of its parts.