The Periscope project is a funky modern container art centre which resides on a small lot in San Diego. Constructed with 5 shipping containers (recycled). The art space also offers living and working spaces as well as the shop front and exhibition area. The original concept started in 2007 by the late Petar Perisi. An interesting use of a shipping container that enhances its environment as well as gives a place that offers regular meetings and discussion workshops.
It offers up a mix of industrial feel with clean fresh art display in an interesting blend of building use. The narrow slit windows I also like as on other container designs this style of window would be very useful for allowing hot air to escape. Its kept much of the container buildings in basic form while utilizing spaces between and above the containers for garden spaces and an outdoor area.
Cove park is a centre for established artists and located on the west coast of Scotland in a tranquil 50 acre rural site.
In 2002 Container site made these three accommodation modules as artist retreats giving them wide opening glass doors and grassed roofs that blend in with the environment around them. The balcony area reaches out onto a lake with views of Loch Long in the distance. After the success of the first 3 modules another 6 were added to the project.
This concept is a different type to the eco village setup although does show some interesting uses of containers as homes as well as for building a community of artists.
The HIVE MISSION STATEMENT
is to design and build an affordable, inhabitable work of art as a community. By recycling the humble and strong steel shipping container, we propose to create a beautiful, green, sustainable, safe and secure village for thriving cultural exchange and enterprise. Inspired by artists, creative professionals and environmentalists, we will work in partnerships with individuals and organizations to experiment and discover the next generation of responsible building and living practices. We plan to offer an increasing variety of tenant uses, including office, studio, retail, restaurant, entertainment and residential opportunities. We hope to replicate or adapt HIVE in other locations around the world. HIVE is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
For more information on HIVE you can visit their website at hivehouston.org
One of the most common defence mechanisms people come up with when you mention shipping container homes to them but what if I could show you something with an even smaller floor area?
This Pod styled building has height to its advantage but obviously not a lot of width. Doesn’t mean its not practical and in fact with house prices so expensive in most cities how easy is it to find such a piece of land that others overlook completely?
Inside its not exactly expansive of space but it is using the best of its available room and making it functional as well as practical. Lower level offers the bathroom,kitchen and dining facilities as well as a seating area while the second level gives you a desk and bedroom area. The top small space is designed for storage. This isn’t a concept by the way its being constructed by Polish architects Centrala. It has been designed as a studio apartment for Israeli writer Etgar Keret as well as open to other artists and writers.