Green on Main is a new live-work container house in Venice, CA by DeMaria Design. Built from 14 shipping containers on top of a concrete garage and gallery space, the home combines smart, sustainable living with a commercial space. Inside are two residences, one for the owners and another for rentals. Besides upcycling the containers, the project also makes use of a number of strategies to reduce energy and water use.
The container house is built on top of a commercial gallery space and a garage in Venice Beach, CA. Then on top are two private residences, each with an open floor living space and a core utility space in the center. The top residence enjoys access to a rooftop deck and the middle one has its own deck. Fourteen containers make up the top floors and the container doors were kept intact and visible on the exterior. The exterior is painted with bright green ceramic insulated paint.
Rainwater from the roof runs off the house and into planters placed directly below to collect storm water. Drought tolerant succulents and grasses line planters on the decks. A cool roof reflects sunlight and reduces solar heat gain, while a sunscreen and rainscreen protects the exterior. Large roof overhangs further protect the interior, while passive ventilation ensures fresh air and cooling for the interior.
Images ©Vanessa Rudd and Paul Keister