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The structure of a home is an important element which defines the outward look but also the interior spaces which will be used. Since the inception of a plan , a structure may define the future living experience , a variety of materials can be used and time again new materials appear , at first they are quickly dismissed but in time they gain momentum and their use is widespread. Today , the choice in materials and structural components is greater then ever , and materials tend to take into account not just the immediate issues of weight flexibility but also the larger economical context , its easy use etc. Containers fall into a specific category of structures , because through their shape they can be easily adapted into a living space and as far as structure goes they are more or less a complete metal box . Their wide use makes them easy to come by and their geometry creates an opportunity to create a comfortable home while at the same time repurposing materials and making a great conversion from transport/cargo to a more enduring role suitable to their metallic components.
Architects offer a wide range of solutions , both stylish and contemporary , proving that design can go a long way when it comes to conversions , but also the fact that the metal box-like structure and its basic layout can easily be adapted . The material itself has many uses , but in this installment it doesn’t just justify costs but also provides an adequate use for a material so precious and enduring such as metal , thus offering houses with a sturdy flexible structure.
#1 Maison Container Project by Patrick Partouche
First is the House designed by Patrick Partouche-called the Maison container project. The containers create here an interesting volume through their position in relation to each other, creating an interesting and simple facade . Located on a 2,240 square feet area near the river Lille in France , it cost some € 221,000 to build this lovely house.
The interiors make full use of the container structure and their ability to join and create wide spaces , thus a comfortable interior is located inside with a grand opening toward the garden . This container home is perfectly balanced both in its outward looks and in its interiors.
#2 Old Lady House by Adam Kalkins
Made almost entirely out of shipping containers , Adam Kalkin proves that a great solution that takes into account landscape and textures can transform the containers into a genuine living space.Taking terrain into account and having a central court/garden the house offers many wonderful perspectives and views and with its carefully selected interior textures , sliding glass windows and doors and eco-friendly materials creates a warm cozy home.
#3 Containers of Hope by Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture
Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture and his “Containers of Hope ” provide quite a high standard of living and an inexpensive option available to wide range of people. They are designed using just 2 containers , and giving a total area of just 1000 feet of living space , however coupled together with a minimal interior design and the way windows are positioned within the volume according to the function of a room , a spacious area can be simulated . They can easily provide an alternative for an apartment , and at just 40 000$ they can be a viable option for either a home , or a vacation retreat for the entire family . This specific design can be found outside San Jose, Costa Rica.
#4 Crossbox House by CG Architects
Nest up is Cossbox House designed by CG Architects. Made out of shipping containers , it creates a playful and stylish image , one that can easily be integrated into the look of contemporary architecture . With carefully selected textures and colors an interesting outward image is projected on to the viewer . But this is not all because the interior is just as chic as the exterior and relates in an interesting way with the surrounding landscape. Its an intelligent design with refined look and use of lavish wooden tones , simple finishing of the walls in white coupled with wide space impression given by the simple geometrical shapes of the containers .
#5 Private Cabins at the Alterra Beach Resort
Alterra Glamping on the Pinamar beach in Argentina is a wonderful colorful resort and with the help of architect Clorindo Testa an eco-friendly touch was added by using old re-purposed shipping containers as private cabins on the beach for tourist and guests . The cabins offer all contemporary luxuries in this resort hidden from the noise and hustle of the modern world . The design is based on the relation of the cabin with the surround natural background , thus ensuring a serene and peaceful atmosphere for the occasional guest/tourist.