Some years ago the London-based architect James Whitaker designed an interesting shipping container office, which was unfortunately never built. But earlier this year, a film producer from LA came across the plans and commissioned Whitaker to build him a home in the same style on his 90-acre (36-hectare) plot in Joshua Tree, California.
Shipping container architecture is not getting as much press as it once did, but people are still repurposing cargo containers to build inexpensive and often times very cozy homes. While living in a metal box is certainly not everyone’s idea of the ideal home, there are many advantages to this type of architecture, and it’s up to the individual to decide whether it’s right for them. Perhaps this well designed home by the firm Revival Designs will convince someone of the benefits.
It is called the Intellectual Tiny Home and was created using a standard recycled 40 ft (12 m)-long shipping container. It has a total floorspace of 320 sq ft (29.7 sq m), which is divided up between the living area, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. The exterior was left in pretty much the original condition, but they did add a few rows of cedar shelving, which the occupants can use to grow their own green wall which will further aid in insulation. (more…)
Transformer, multifunctional furniture is truly a wonderful invention, especially when it aids the effort of trying to downsize or making the most out of living in small spaces. It’s also great when it comes to furnishing children’s bedroom’s since it adapts to their ever-changing needs as they grow. The so-called Nook Bed, created by Spanish designer Carlos Tiscar is a great example of such a transformer piece of furniture. (more…)
The so-called RDP House, recently completed in Quito, Ecuador, is a great example of unique and interesting ways in which shipping containers can be used to build modern, sustainable homes. It was designed by architects Daniel Moreno Flores and Sebastian Calero. (more…)
The trend of building shipping container homes seems to be slowing down, but that doesn’t mean it’s going away. There are many benefits of converting containers into homes, one of them being their mobility. And this creation by boat builder Evans really takes advantage of this, since he designed the home so that it is easy to move.
Evans used a 20-foot shipping container to build his home, but it is not one of the standard ones which can be obtained cheaply at most larger ports. This one has a reinforced roof, and doors along the side wall, and costs around $4000 to purchase. Since it already had a large opening on the side, he left it intact for the project and only concentrated on the interior. (more…)
Here is another creation by Custom Container Living, the shipping container architecture firm out of Archie, Missouri. This one has a generous floor plan, and is large enough for a family to live in comfortably. (more…)