Contributing Monkie G Living Staff Monkies
Published on August 10, 2008
If you’re a regular follower of the Design section here on G Living, you’re probably aware of my shipping container obsession. These 32,000 pound containers, which decades ago shipped everything from furniture to clothes overseas, are now all sitting around taking up space.
Except, of course, for those that are being used to build disaster relief shelters or affordable housing, like this 1,920 square foot three-container structure in Atlanta. What this place shows is one of the many outside-the-box design possibilities for these recycled containers. They can be stacked, laid side by side or arranged in less symmetrical and more creative ways. As a basic building block, the possibilities are pretty much endless. And all it takes is minor modifications — i.e., cutting out windows, like you see here — to make it your own. Better still, the containers protect against hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and fires — and termites hate ‘em.
And down the line, when you need more space — just have another one shipped to you. It’s that easy.
This house, spotted on materialicious, was reportedly designed by Soren Ludwig of Global Peace Containers. If you haven’t seen their site, I highly recommend it. They’re a not-for-profit org working to produce “sustainable housing and community buildings such as medical facilities, schools and neighborhood centers” out of retired containers.
Shipping container house. I want one. And I know you do, too.