4/4/2009 Update: Logical Homes has officially launched!
Tonight, Dwell posted image of AEGEAN, a modern prefab made of shipping containers. If my information is correct, Aegean is the first prefab from Peter DeMaria for Logical Homes. The Logical Homes website is still in pre-launch with just a simple landing page. Aegean was built inside the CES convention center for Olevia, a company that makes energy-efficient TVs. Via Dwell.
[RSS - Click Here to View] I found this video on YouTube of Jason Steele’s vision for a shipping container building. The idea in the video shows two sides being taken off to expand the floor area by 50%. He also has bamboo landscaping to create shading on the sun-exposed southern part of the home (Phoenix, Arizona). Looks pretty cool, but let’s see if it gets made, because in the world of container and prefab design, reality counts for something
There's something so rustic, so American about this project. Two brothers. A long history living on the land of your youth.
UPDATE 3/16/09 – Urban Core International has gone dark. The website was shut down. If you have any concerns, feel free to contact us.
Aaron Newman, founder and managing partner of Urban Core International, sent me the details of his latest project, Urban Rio. Specifically, Urban Rio is a product of Urban Core's prefab and container division called Envision Prefab. It's easy on the eyes, to say the least, and just so happens to be the first sustainable, affordable, container project in Panama.
WIRED has an excellent multimedia presentation on instant, transient, or disaster shelters. Many of them are made of common or easily movable transportable objects: flat packs, containers, pallets, etc. Above: Clean Hub by Shelter Architecture; Middle below: DH1 by Gregg Fleishman; Bottom: Pallet House by I-Beam Design. Enjoy!