Not the greatest of videos showing construction of shipping container homes but more to do with the fact its going mainstream and cost affective. Previously modular structure housing based on the same dimensions as shipping containers has been used for years for things likes classrooms,doctors surgeries,morgues,hotels but its only in recent years have we start to see it leaking into the general public developments and even more importantly starting to gain recognition for its viable use as low-cost housing.
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.