This modern and striking home/studio was built a few years ago, but deserves a second look. It was created by designer Jennifer Siegal, who was tasked with the job by a client who wanted to transform a former junkyard in downtown Los Angeles into a live-work artists community. To get the job done, Jennifer salvaged most of the building materials on-site, including the containers, which make up this cool home called Seatrain house.

Seatrain house is a 3,000 square foot residence, which exists as part of a 300-loft live-work artist community in LA. In her design, Jennifer opted for an intriguing blend of traditional building practices and modern, industrial ones. The main dwelling space of this home was made from steel containers, and each has a separate and distinct function. One houses a library, another the entertainment room, while there is also a dining room, office space, bathroom, laundry room and a spacious bedroom. The latter is housed in a shipping container arranged so that it sticks out from the main body of the home and wraps around the upper story. The home was also fitted with large glass windows, which allow in plenty of natural daylight and provide good ventilation.

The garden was also built using material readily available on site. For example, Jennifer used grain trailers to create the Koi fishpond and lap pool. To build the home, Jennifer also used discarded steel and glass found in the junkyard that was the building site.

This project is repurposing and upcycling done right. The end result is a unique home, built using recycled materials in a cost effective and sustainable way. The home is a modern example of just how easy it still is to “make do” with what is already available, instead of following the consumerism logic and creating even more surplus where there is already too much of it in the form of waste and harmful emissions.

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