Gallery: Houston Hive to be a Sustainable Village Made from 500 Shippin...


When you think of sustainable building and green architecture, Houston probably isn’t the first city to come to mind. But a group of Houston-based artists have designed HIVE, a sustainable village and living work of art constructed from nearly 500 recycled shipping containers to be built in Houston. Inspired by a former artists colony founded by HIVE’s creative director, Nestor Topchy, HIVE will occupy a 6.5 acre lightly wooded plot of less than desirable land just outside the city center.

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  1. drwatershed February 2, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Wait a minute. This is not at all sustainable this is a gimmick. Built on 6.5 acres of wooded land! If you can find 6.5 acres of wooded land in Houston it should be preserved. Keeping cars out of 6.5 acres is just silly. such a small space on the outskirts of town will just encourage people to drive there to check it out assuming people actually buy into this concept to make it viable. Speaking of viability who other than a few counter culture folks would actually live there and how do you propose to grow enough vegetables to be “self sutaining in less than 5 acres which will remain after you stack the boxes. Wake up and rethink this. Move it to the largest area of urban blight or abandoned industrial complex that you can find and rehab the soils and then you can talk to me about sustainability.

  2. boxpert January 29, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    I love the concept. It looks like there are even solar panels on top of the containers. On the hive itself, where is the power being generated as it is stacked? Also, is there scaffolding built to support the multi-layer containers? Or are the containers being stacked using their inherent strength. Please keep me posted on this project. Fantastic!

  3. feng shui at work January 28, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    I saw a similar idea – just not as appealing in design – in Homer, Alaska. Containers were used for restaurant storage, etc. and have built a base for wooden apartment structures above. I thought that was quite interesting. Using containers as seen in this design used for artist space is just fantastic.

  4. nelsnelson January 28, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Jessica, you are a journalist, so you should know to be careful with editorializing the projects. When you write “Houston Hive is a Sustainable Village Made from 500 Shipping Containers” you give the impression that it IS a village, when in reality, it IS a PLAN to create a village by 2016. It even extends to your first sentence when you say that it has been created, when you are really looking at a render. Keep it clean!

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