Adam Kalkin isn't the only architect to make homes out of shipping containers . A handful of architects, including Jennifer Siegal and Lot-Ek , began using them ten years ago as a gritty reaction against the tidy white surfaces of modernism. But nobody has employed shipping containers more inventively than Kalkin , a New Jersey architect and artist who has used them to design luxurious homes, museum additions, and refugee housing.
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Today is the day - time to make the market grow up. Next week I am going to be making a visit to a container maker/modifier in Tampa Florida, a division of TAW who creates specialty shelters based on the ISO standards for inter-modal transport, otherwise known commonly as shipping containers. You have to realize that there is a whole industry revolving around this, and its not run of the mill shipping containers that they are daily involved with.
modular living element house Addis shipping container house design area: 102 sq m (1070 sq ft) footprint: random
There is growing interest in the use of shipping containers as the basis for habitable structures. These "icons of globalization" are relatively inexpensive, structurally sound and in abundant supply. Although, in raw form, containers are dark windowless boxes (which might place them at odds with some of the tenets of modernist design...) they can be highly customizable modular elements of a larger structure. The projects below are sorted alphabetically (by company or designer's name). In addition to the container-based projects listed below we offer links to useful web sites and relevant books . Selected projects utilizing shipping containers.