A 1950's bungalow in the Hollywood Hills is about to get a bright yellow two-story addition made entirely from 20 foot shipping containers! The ambitious project by Ecotech Design will reduce the cost, waste, and hauling expenses of building a “traditional” home addition. The 1,100 square foot project will also be built with energy-efficient components to cut costs and consumption even after its completion.
Seven ISO containers will make up the project, expanding the residence to a 3-story, 3-bedroom hybrid. The addition will include a master bedroom suite, gallery, design studio, and roof deck. Two containers will be stacked atop a steel frame that hugs the existing house’s exterior. This frame will also protect the hybrid house’s plumbing and electrical systems from earthquake tremors and wind forces, and it will assist in convection, utilizing the natural breezes to cool the interior.
A giant mesh steel canopy will reduce overheating while allowing sunlight to gently filter in. It also supports a roof-mounted solar electric array that will collect and store energy for the residence. The green roof will also feature a lush garden that increases insulation and reduces storm water runoff.
The extraordinary design met several challenges – the project had a tight budget and the original residence was not zoned for traditional addition construction. Ecotech Design’s plan maximizes daylighting and space through its flow of windows, skylights and a roof deck while focusing on energy-efficient construction and operation.