Modular, Modern, and Container Homes
For several years now I have been a big fan of modular modern homes, and then when container homes began to grow in popularity I found I liked them too. I never know if I will own one, but the industrial aesthetic appeals to me. So finding that one of my favorite producers of modular homes, Hive Modular, is also designing container homes like the one bellow:
While I don’t find this particular building to be the best container home/cabin I have ever seen it definitely fulfills the criteria it was designed to. Simple and functional. While simplicity finds a place in my ‘good design’ criteria, I have some high hopes from this firm to post some more pictures of completed projects that will really wow me. Surprisingly a container house that has done that, while remaining simple in concept, was found in a movie. Tron: Legacy in fact. Bellow is a picture of Sam Flynn’s house in the movie.
Despite knowing it is a movie prop and was designed to look like it hadn’t been, I like the unchanged exterior of the containers and simple creation of open space in the home inspire me. Perhaps it could be the base of future designs to actually be built. Checking out a list of container homes at ContainerBay I found some that were similar, like this one by Adam Kalkin, called the Quick House:
On a more sophisticated note I found this house bellow on another WordPress blog. The post by Jody Forehand, titled Ship Me a Building: Used Shipping Containers as Architecture lead off with the house bellow. While there were little details on the project it points to a more creative use of shipping containers.
Jody’s post is worth a read for its short synopsis of various container projects, not all of which are homes.
I also liked Jetson Green’s 15 Shipping Container Projects of 2010. The post covers some of the smaller and more affordable projects. These ideas could make an impact in both urban areas as well as those recently struck by disaster, but the post also happens to mention a container building in my home town of Milwaukee.