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10 Shipping Container Projects of 2009

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If there's something we're seeing more of it's container projects.  And nothing brings out emotion like a shipping container project.  Some argue that the benefits of using containers for a structure's framework are negligible, if any, while others argue that container projects are too austere.  Or industrial.  Nonetheless, as long as you're building with old containers, we'll likely keep talking about the greener ones.  In the mean time, feel free to review the best of this year (click the text links for more images and information).

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New Upcycled Container Cafe in Austin

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Mark Meyer of Austin-based designSTUDIO recently pointed us to one of his newest projects, la Boite.  La Boite is a green, environmentally sensitive cafe with locally baked goods, sandwiches, and coffee.  It was built from an old shipping container, and if you’re interested in details of the transformation, read more about it on designSTUDIO’s blog.  For the project, DesignSTUDIO used Rainwater HOG’s for greywater collection, biobased spray foam insulation, and Forbo linoleum for the floor and one wall.  You can find la Boite on 1700 South Lamar Boulevard in Austin, Texas.  Looks fun, doesn’t it?

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23 Modern Solar Powered Mews in LA

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RLG Properties, Inc. recently announced this new single-family development in Atwater Village that takes advantage of the small lot ordinance in City of Los Angeles.  With 23 homes under construction — all of them will have 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and an open floor plan — prices at The Mews start at $599,000.  Designed by Corsini + Stark, green features include extensive daylighting, operable clerestory windows, natural ventilation, Grasscrete permeable paving, bamboo flooring, drought tolerant landscaping, energy efficient appliances, and an installed solar system.

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Container Solar Charging Station in NY

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According to a recent press release, a sustainable energy company called Beautiful Earth Group just unveiled this containerized electric vehicle (EV) charging station in Red Hook, Brooklyn.  With a soaring array of photovoltaic panels, the BMW Mini E pictured runs exclusively on fresh, green power generated by the off-grid, modular station.  You’ll note that the station just so happens to be built with recycled shipping containers, too.

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Two Passive House Row Homes in Philly

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If you're in the area, the next project by Postgreen, the development company behind the award-winning 100k House, will be open for tours on Thursday, December 17.  Dubbed The Passive Project, the tour will include two newly constructed row houses built to a rigorous and trendy German Passiv Haus standard.  When certified, these homes — located at 2318-2320 Amber Street — should be the first to do so in the Philadelphia. 

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Corvi Container Cabana in a Backyard

Recently in The Oregonian, there was an article by Ruth Mullen about this upcycled container cabana built by Mike Corvi using a 8′ x 20′ steel shipping container.  Corvi bought the container for $2,900; hired some craftsmen to cut out the windows and doors; installed dual-pane Jeld-wen windows and a sliding door; wired the place for electricity, cable, and heat; and installed rigid foam insulation and birch plywood paneling.  He finished the space for ~$8,000, and Corvi wants to sell similar container cabanas for ~$16,000.  He’s also working on a prototype with a kitchen and bathroom.

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