Houses built from shipping containers are always impressive, and this Texas home, built from 14 of them, is a testament to how versatile those building materials can be. Michael Gooden, head of design firm M Gooden Design, was commissioned by Barbara and Matt Mooney to build this dream home in Dallas' Old Lake Highlands neighborhood, and the result is nothing short of astonishing.
The sprawling, 3,700-square-foot home is open concept, with different living spaces delineated by frames. On the 1,000-square-foot ground floor, dark, polished concrete floors juxtapose gorgeously against the crisp white walls as well as the primary colors used in accent panels and furniture pieces. Tall, narrow windows allow in a startling amount of daylight, and track lighting on the ceiling provides illumination once the sun goes down. In some areas, the corrugated steel on the ceiling is left exposed as a nod to the containers’ original purpose. Shipping containers aren’t known for their insulation, so spray foam has been used between building layers to keep internal temperatures comfortable, especially during the hot Texas summers.
Wood is featured prominently throughout the second floor, where pale maple floors help to brighten the space, amping up the natural daylight that streams in. Although most of the house is loft-like and open, the bedrooms do have doors—the containers’ original doors, in fact. Homage to the containers‘ original industrial nature is paid around the house, right down to the playful use of an old truck toolbox in the master bathroom: it’s been converted into a sink and vanity, and its chrome facade complements the marble, wood, and glass around it beautifully.
Another container was used to create a two-storey, glass-fronted tower at the rear of the building, and it looks out onto a long, narrow swimming pool that mirrors the tower’s shape, as well as its reflection. To top off this masterpiece of repurposed architecture, a 1,400-square-foot rooftop deck spans the top of the house, offering views of White Rock Lake nearby.