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Modern Manifesto House Made From Wood Pallets and Shipping Containers

by , 11/20/09

Manifesto House, Chile, Infiniski, James&Mau, Prefab, Prefab House, Prefab Friday, Shipping Container, shipping container architecture, recycled materials

While not totally prefabricated, the Manifesto House by Infiniski utilizes pre-made materials like shipping containers and wooden pallets to create a totally rad modern house. Infiniski’s mission is to build homes cheaply and quickly using sustainable materials while incorporating renewable energy systems. They have many designs already available, which can be interchanged and easily modified.

Manifesto House, Chile, Infiniski, James&Mau, Prefab, Prefab House, Prefab Friday, Shipping Container, shipping container architecture, recycled materials

Built in Curacavi, Chile, for a grand total of 79,000€, the modest home is composed of two 40′ shipping containers and two 20′ containers. The use of wooden pallets on the exterior of the home gives it fantastic texture, but also has purpose — they provide shade and allow the home to be naturally cooled, since air can move freely between the slats. The containers meanwhile, are completely weather tight and provide the necessary structural capacity for the home.

Inside the home is airy and open due to a large living space on the bottom floor created by the placement of the containers. What seems like inexpensive storefront windows are used as the walls, which can be slid open to naturally ventilate the home. There is also a folding screen to create a covered outdoor porch or shade the interior from the sun when folded down. Geothermal heat pumps also help provide heating and cooling. The architects at James&Mau are also the founders of Infiniski, so the designs are not only design-worthy, but practical in terms of build-out.

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Via ArchDaily

Photos by Antonio Corcuera

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4 Comments

  1. Achilles April 1, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    I can supply you cheaper container house for you!!

  2. wallcraftdesign wallcraftdesign August 12, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    They have inspired me to follow suit. I am relocating to Vancouver in 2 weeks and am already busily designing my own palette home!

  3. Slumtube: Affordable Ho... December 6, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    [...] and Gregor built upon what they learned from constructing modular pallet houses, improving upon their original design to make it even more affordable. In previous designs, the [...]

  4. enfested April 26, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    Wow, James&Mau put together some superb work! Love this house.

    I’m glad people are recycling these wood pallets. Wood pallets, if you didn’t know, are the worst things for the environment. We need to ban them as soon as possible.

    They pose a serious threat to the food, our workers, and our environment. So more praise should be herald on James&Mau for this home. You can read what the United Nations has to say about this issue here:
    http://bit.ly/bLDGL1

    Also, more info on this site:
    http://www.pallettruth.com/

    Please keep recycling and abolishing these horrible creations!
    Keep up the great work James&Mau and spotlight ArchDaily

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