cargo.art

August 29th, 2012

or, the cult of the shipping container building.

work-in-progress

Office Space

google image-search

DesignBoom: metalab: SPACE shipping container office also at inhabitat. Can’t find a price online, but may possibly be cc. $75K (Houston bought 17 by using a $1.3 million grant).

Inhabitat: Shipping Containers Transform Warehouse Into Office Space

A steel cargo container becomes a backyard retreat

$1800 used shipping container as architects’ backyard office

I must have first seen something like this in Stewart Brand’s How Buildings Learn (online excerpt)

Homes

DailyGreen: Amazing Homes and Offices Built from Shipping Containers (slideshow)
All Terrain Cabin (for a family of four)
(sixth item in slideshow)

Canada’s Bark Design Collective built the All Terrain Cabin (ATC) as a showcase for sustainable (and Canadian!) ingenuity. The small home is based on a standard shipping container, and is said to be suitable for a family of four, plus a pet, to live off the grid in comfort and style.

The cabin folds up to look like any old shipping container, and can be sent via rail, truck, ship, airplane or even helicopter. When you’re ready to rest your bones, the cabin quickly unfolds to 480 square feet of living space, with a range of creature comforts.

[NOTE: the link goes to some other photos of the ATC, none of which are in “nature.” But neither is the one above, which looks like a rendering/Photoshop job.]
More info in waybackmachine and photos.

dornob: DIY Used Cargo Homes & Shipping Container House Plans
House built from 8 stacked containers (self-designed)

8 eye-catching shipping container homes

Inhabitat: This Shipping Container home in Duluth, MN hasn’t revamped the container exteriors at all, and it sorta works. Don’t think my wife would go for this look, though.
Holyoke Cabin in Duluth, MN

Resources

Wikipedia: Shipping container architecture

How to find used shipping containers

How to Find and Buy Good Used Cargo Containers

See Also: housing.art

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