The penthouse consists of two main portions – a refurbished mechanical room and a 20 foot truck container. The yellow aluminum container encapsulates a pretty spacious bedroom, but also has room for a partial patio. To make the bedroom even more space efficient, LOT-EK put the bed on casters so that it could move in and out of the closet.
A metal fire escape ladder (one of LOT-EK’s favorite design elements) was installed for access from the bedroom to the lower level living room. The open living space is industrial with exposed beams and pipes. While simple, the room uses some clever space saving techniques like wall-implanted appliances and newspaper dispensers (as shelves). Instead of protruding inward, the built-ins jut out of the exterior of the structure, saving much-needed internal space.
If you are considering modular or prefab home, or looking for an alternative to high cost construction, building with recycled shipping containers is worth taking a look at. There are many considerations that have contributed to the appeal of building with intermodal shipping containers - availability, standardization, the recycled/green factor, economy and speed of construction, their durability, and even their "elegance/grace". Good resource is the Residential Shipping Container Primer website. A SHOWCASE OF SHIPPING CONTAINER HOMES AND BUILDINGDS, AND A DO IT YOURSELF (DIY) REFERENCE FOR CONVERTING RECYCLED INTERMODAL CARGO SHIPPING CONTAINERS INTO BUILDINGS AND ARCHITECTURE. Lots of great example buildings, details, facts, and links to other articles. They have something new that you can setup your own project wiki to get help with your project if you are considering a design build project. www.ResidentialShippingContainerPrimer.com