Gallery: Ecotech Gives a 1950s Bungalow a Bright Yellow Shipping Contai...

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.

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1 Comment

  1. anothervoice April 22, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Just because you have an idea doesn’t automatically make it a good idea. The fact that Ecotech didn’t nix this eyesore in the self editing process adds credence to the lack of credibility for this project and for the publishing of it.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of everything green and shipping container construction, but this doesn’t pass the probability test.

    If it has passed the building department – which I find hard to believe – it surely won’t go farther than the public hearings. For that matter, you can bet the neighbors will most probably have much to say about having to look at this monstrosity foisted on a traditional 3/2, 2/1 bedroom community. Where’s the respect for context?

    Do the editors of Inhabitat screen these articles or just publish submissions without review? Did Echotech pay for the posting? It is hard to believe that Inhabitat would advocate a structure like this in a traditional neighborhood.

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