Gallery: Maison Container Lille is a Bold Industrial Home Made of 8 Shi...

This bold shipping container home in Lille, France is all about stacking. Designed and built by Patrick Partouche, Maison Container Lille is a 3 bedroom home made from 8 standard shipping containers situated next to a field. The containers' ends have been cut out to make way for windows, and the cargo doors can be opened or closed for shade, privacy, or protection during severe storms. Completed in 2010, the container home took only 3 days to construct after the modules were delivered to the site.

Maison Container Lille is composed of 8 standard shipping containers stacked on top of each other in a staggered arrangement. The exterior was painted a vibrant cherry red and the interior features bright white walls accented by red columns and metal finish work. The roof is more of a protective covering than a true water shedding element, and works more like a shade screen to let air flow around the roof and keep it from overheating. The windows have low-e coatings and are filled with argon for greater efficiency.

Inside the 240 sq m home, the bottom floor includes a one car garage, storage, kitchen, dining and living area with an open floor layout. Upstairs, part of the floors were cut out to create double height spaces for the ground floor. Metal catwalks cross the area to provide access to the three bedrooms, the bathroom and the office. Metal parts that were cut away from the containers were used to create furniture and decorative elements like artwork, tables and a bed.

+ Patrick Partouche

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Images Courtesy of Patrick Partouche


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  1. lomont8437 May 14, 2012 at 7:06 am

    I would like to know more about container homes. I am going to retire in France and would like about 70 to 100 sq meters or about 1000 sq ft. Mainly 12 bedroom, 1 bath, living/dining/kitchen, open floor plan, well insulated, energy efficent windows. Do you have any plans like that?

  2. r_krebs March 10, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Bridgette Meinhold, what a fascinating story! While using recycled materials is good, building sustainability should take into account the building’s entire lifetime “energy footprint” including end-of-life and energy recovery. These shipping containers are probably not air tight and the steel walls will probably need polyurethane foam insulation to seal gaps and insulate the walls to retard thermal transfer. I wonder if they have taken such steps to conserve energy during the building’s usage? I do notice they used efficient windows, which is good.

    Rob Krebs

    American Chemistry Council

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