Gallery: All-in-One Ecopak House Incorporates its Own Shipping Containe...


Seattle Architect Matthew Coates, President of Coates Design Architects, has teamed up with Aircraft Structural Engineer James Green of Building Container LLC, to create a container home like no other – the Eco Pak. Imagine a container that can be delivered to nearly any site on the globe and contained within are the structural components to build a house. Better yet….there’s no need to return the container; it becomes an integral part of the structure. The Coates-Green team turns the idea of container homes inside out, literally. The traditional container home uses the box as shelter; the team’s improved concept integrates the container into the structure of the home.

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  1. Peter Sill June 20, 2012 at 10:30 am

    It’s fantastic to see the continued interest and uptake in container based construction around the world.

    The creativity and continued innovation that designers and owner builders show with these types of projects is truly inspirational.

    I would however make one small point about this article…

    The developers here are quoted as saying that “traditional container houses have not been highly successful because they’re claustrophobic and costly to modify”

    Honestly now there have been enough well designed and brilliantly executed container homes built over the past 20 years ( many have been showcased right here ) for even a casual observer of the movement to understand that we are a long way past explaining that a container home is not living in a 20 x 8 ft steel box

    Claustrophobic ? – Hardly

    If anyone needs a quick review of “sucessful” container home projects check out these

    Costly to modify ? Perhaps

    But there is nothing to suggest that is “variation” addresses that in any meaningful way – beyond the idea of factory based production and that is something that is true of every container based design.

    This is a great idea but at the end of the day its a very innovative and useful solution to a thin band of opportunity not a solution to the challenges holding back wholesale adoption.

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