Sunset Magazine requested HyBrid Architecture to design the Sunset Idea House for 2011. The c-series represents a series of pre-designed, factory built units that can be combined or customized as desired. The house was debuted at Sunset’s annual Celebration Weekend in Menlo Park As you can see from the home its simple but functional. The added features such as the ramp also lend the idea towards elderly users as the house is mainly on one level. Add to that a practical but functional garden this home pretty much has it all in a tiny footprint. The sleeping capacity of the home is a maximum of four and the home is powered by its solar panels.
Its one of the best examples I have seen with a single container unit especially utilizing the sitting room sofa as a fold out bed. It maximises space at the same time allowing the home to seem bigger than it is. But then again when you leave your bedroom in the morning how often do you return there? Makes sense for it to become the sitting room and this is how you manage to maximise the space available for this design.
Its also good to see that the concept is starting to go mainstream although I do think the recession is also getting people to look more practically at their housing needs especially with rising fuel prices and no doubt taxes on land/homes. Hybrid Architecture has been busy developing a series of shipping container modular systems for which they coined the name Cargotecture®.
The unit above starts at $59,000 and comes complete for more details contact Hybrid Architecture.
1st place has to go to D3 Architects for this unique home design that is not only functional but very modern.
2nd place goes to Blue Brown for their modern home design utilizing a second roof as well as maximizing their floor area.
3rd places goes to this Restaurant and home in Thailand that puts practical and functional to the test. Small floor area but the added spaces and canopies make this place look a lot bigger than it really is.
4th Place goes to Port A Bach in New Zealand mainly down to maximizing the containers usage and space. Best use of space I have seen yet.
5th place goes to Cove Park’s artists retreats as they blend in with their surroundings as much as possible at the same time very functional homes.
6th Place goes to Seattle for the C320 home by Hybrid Architecture for this modern retreat.
7th Place goes to the U.S.A. with this modular home that is ideal as a holiday retreat or for those loving the outdoor life.
8th Goes to Queensland Australia for this very functional and practical building that puts usage before anything else every part of the container is utilized to the needs of the research site.
9th Place goes to Texas for this artists home/work area which is cozy by design as well as offers a pleasant home that doesn’t leave a blot on the landscape.
10th Place goes to Sri Lanka for this retreat maximizing local materials to form up a second level as well as offering a practical weekend retreat.
Cargotecture as Hybrid Architecture describes it offers large low-cost prefab housing solutions based on a vision of sustainability and a modular approach. Which to be honest i agree with. This building called the c320 Studio is ideal for a weekend retreat or a small home. It has a bathroom and separate sleeping area as part of the 2 x 20ft container home. While still managing to not stick out too much even though bright orange in this riverside location.