When artist Markus Linnenbrink and art dealer Cindy Rucker decided to transform a Clinton Hill carriage house into their dream home, they knew they had to find an architect that would give them the freedom to use as many sustainable materials as possible. Collaborating with architecture and design firm LOT-EK, known for its shipping container buildings, the artsy couple was able to turn their vision into a reality using a container tower as the core of the refitted three-story house and using various repurposed materials along the way.
The interior volume of the home was filled with a container tower made up of four shipping containers. The tower was actually fitted to intersect with the original carriage house skeleton, which created extra space for the kitchen, bathrooms, mechanical space, and the stairs. A top-floor penthouse was added to the original building and leads up to decked and shaded roof.
LOT-EK architect Giuseppe Lignano explains that although they were working with an existing structure, the shipping container was at the heart of the renovation. “The idea was one of ‘driving’ a container tower through the existing building that would contain all the functions of the house: the stairs, bathrooms, and kitchen.” In addition to using shipping containers in the design, the homeowners also went with a number of repurposed materials on the interior such as using donated end-grain wood chips for the kitchen backsplash.
Although some may shy away from the residence’s bright orange color, the bold homeowners love its vibrant look and industrial feel. “We chose this ‘safety orange’ color because it’s particularly graphic,” Lignano says. “Like the diagonal bands used on concrete barricades.” Linnenbrink adds “I would recommend this color to anybody; it is actually very warm and welcoming.”
Images via LOT-EK