- Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building - http://inhabitat.com -

Deceiving Shipping Container Home That Doesn’t Look Like One

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On July 16, 2010 @ 11:11 am In Architecture,Green Building | 5 Comments

shipping container house, shipping containers, Leger Wanaselja Architects, green design, sustainable building [1]

Built out of three insulated shipping containers [2] and¬†stacked on two levels with a two-story atrium in the middle, this home packs a lot into a small footprint. Coming in at only 1,350 sq feet, the home has three good sized bedrooms, and a large open living room which connects into the long kitchen and dining room. Two 40′ containers are stacked on top of each other serving as the master bedroom on top and a kitchen/dining area on the ground floor. The other container is cut in half and stacked to create two more bedrooms. Between the stacks is a large two story living area with floor to ceiling windows and a staircase and bridge to connect to the rooms upstairs.

Solar passively designed, deep roof eaves were used to protect from summer solar gain and operable windows were used to maximize ventilation. As the containers are already insulated, they act as weatherproof exterior siding, insulation, and structural frame. Insulation was only needed in the roof and flooring and framing was only done on interior walls and for the windows. Additional green features include the use of low VOC paints, a 100% wool carpet, bamboo flooring, a 50% flyash concrete foundation, blown-in cellulose insulation, stacked plumbing, roof rainwater collection [3], high efficiency lighting, solatubes, and a ton more green features which you can see here. [4]

+ Leger Wanaselja Architects [5]

Via Re-Nest [6]

photo credits: Jan Grygier [7]

Article printed from Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building: http://inhabitat.com

URL to article: http://inhabitat.com/fantastic-california-home-surprisingly-made-from-shipping-containers/

URLs in this post:

[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/07/16/fantastic-california-home-surprisingly-made-from-shipping-containers/boucher-grygier-shipping-container-house-6/

[2] insulated shipping containers: http://inhabitat.com/2009/04/24/prefab-friday-homes-for-tropical-environments/

[3] rainwater collection: http://inhabitat.com../tag/rainwater-collection

[4] green features which you can see here.: http://www.greenrenter.com/building/258/richmond_ca/casa-verdanta

[5] + Leger Wanaselja Architects: http://www.lwarc.com/res_bgcontainer.html

[6] Re-Nest: http://www.re-nest.com/re-nest/creative-reuse/container-home-doesnt-look-like-a-container-121552

[7] Jan Grygier: http://www.shipping-container-house-yurt.phanfare.com/2007/

Copyright © 2011 Inhabitat Local - New York. All rights reserved.