Shipping Container Architecture

Photo: Peter Aaron / Esto - via Architecture and Hygiene

It's hard to believe that those ugly cargo shipping containers can make beautiful homes, but they do. WebUrbanist has a neat post about homes, offices, shopping malls and even hotels built from cargo containers:

There are plenty of benefits of to the so-called shipping container architecture model. A few of these advantages include: they are plentiful, they are easily transported, they’re stackable, relatively inexpensive (as little as $900 for a used container), they can be prefabricated, and they’re extremely durable. Residential applications are also becoming a popular topic of conversation among green supporters.


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Even if all the "green" hype is just that, some of the projects emerging like this are astounding. I recalled a company called Lo-Tek (seen here perhaps) that had a similar design. Hit their site and go to Residential, CHK-Container Home Kit for pics & a short vid. Sorry, it's flash-based so I can't link directly.
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