5 Innovative Shipping Container HomesWritten by Urban Sherp on May 1st, 2010
Am always amazed when I see someone take a conventional industrial product and completely reinvent it. People have been turning used shipping containers into homes for years now, and it makes sense, here you’ve got an incredibly durable steel box that was built to be stacked, dropped, stacked, reused and to survive all sorts of inclement weather and has a shelf life of about 20 years before it has to be retired, even though for the most part it is in perfectly good shape. That being, I am consistently blown away by the ingenuity, the thinking outside of the box, if you will, of the designs people come up with to incorporate this surprisingly versatile building block.
Here are some of my favorites:
Port-a-Bach by Atelier Work Shop – New Zealand
Surf Shack by Hartman Kable – Seattle, Washington
Redondo Beach House by De Maria Design – Redondo Beach, California
Maison IDEKIT Home – Quebec, Canada
The Drop House by d3architects – Paris, France