Prefab Lightwall Pavilion Features Glass Bottle Wall

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Lightwall Pavilion, the winning submission to the 2012 ReSpace Design Competition, was designed by Abe Drechsler and Scott Hefner, architecture students at North Carolina State University. The multi-purpose structure is 213 square feet and is constructed of reclaimed wood from various sources and glass bottles obtained from restaurants and bars in downtown Raleigh.

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By |July 6th, 2013|Prefab|1 Comment

MODS International Donates Shipping Container Home to Family Displaced by Oklahoma Tornado

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Wisconsin-based MODS International builds modular and temporary shelter solutions that incorporate the use of converted cargo shipping containers. Earlier this month, MODS announced that they are donating a MODS unit to a family that lost their home in the tornadoes that recently hit the El Reno area of Oklahoma.

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By |June 23rd, 2013|CONTAINER HOMES|2 Comments

This Summer – Take Your Family Cargo Container Camping

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Looking for a green way to spend your summer vacation this year? Less than a one-hour drive east of Seattle, Washington, you can find the Tolt MacDonald Park & Campground nestled in the Tolt River-John MacDonald Park, which is run by King County Natural Resources and Parks.

The Tolt Campground unveiled its first new Camping Container last September, an upcycled surplus 24-foot shipping container that utilizes recycled and sustainable materials to provide comfortable accommodations to visiting families (it sleeps up to four in a double/single futon bunk bed and a futon chair that converts to a single bed).

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By |June 18th, 2013|Container Design|2 Comments

Zigloo Domestique is First Canadian Shipping Container Home

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Residential designer, Keith Dewey, has designed what is considered to be the first shipping container building in Canada: a home in which he lives with his wife and daughter in Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia. Built on a 42 by 40 foot lot, the home comprises 2,000 square feet of living space and was constructed of eight twenty-foot shipping containers that were modified to include windows, doors, and a “proper roof.”

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By |June 14th, 2013|Container Design|10 Comments

Collision Works Shipping Container Hotel Opens FIRST CONTAINER in Detroit

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Design and Images copyright of the architects – Koop architecture + media

Celebrating its grand opening in the Eastern Market area of Detroit on May 19, 2013, where visitors came from as far away as Berlin and Paris, FIRST CONTAINER, the first structures for a planned 36-unit boutique hotel and community space that is being built from upcycled shipping containers has garnered national attention as the “most important hotel in America.” Collision Works is being made possible by funding from a Kickstarter campaign and partnership with the Detroit Collaborative Design Center and Eastern Market Corporation.

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By |June 6th, 2013|Container Design|2 Comments

A Room with a View: Lakeside Vermont Home Minimizes Overall Energy Load and Maximizes Solar Gain

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Built with recycled and salvaged materials from a dilapidated and deconstructed cottage that was already present on the 0.35 acre lot, the west side of this 2,000 square foot home faces Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont. Sweeping views of the lake are broken only by a granite fireplace.

Following the original footprint of the cottage, with the addition of 375 square feet on the east side, Ernie Ruskey, AIA, of Tektonika Studio Architects worked with builder Tim Frost to minimize energy use during the cold winter months while protecting the landscape. They have achieve a 50 percent total energy savings over a 2004 IECC code-level home, an EPA Energy Star 5-Star Plus rating, and a HERS rating of 57. Ninety-five percent of the home is daylit and can be ventilated or cooled with operable windows. Total energy used is approximately 104.2 MMBtu.

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By |June 5th, 2013|Green Building|4 Comments