Designboom's Summer Live/Work Complex in Sardinia

Designboom's Summer Live/Work Complex in Sardinia

Trent Johnson
Sep 12, 2011

This summer, Designboom began work on a shipping container living/office complex of their own in the seaside city of Sardinia, just off the coast of Italy. While it's still a work in progress, it's already some place I'd love to be.

Three used bright orange shipping containers were purchased to build the complex. Not only did this help their goal to be low impact and use recycled materials, but it also allowed them to bypass extremely rigid building permits that provide temporary permits for modular housing structures.

The buildings were crane lifted onto natural stone pavement and fitted with non-standard sliding door frames, measured and cut prior to delivery. For flooring, original stone from the site was used and placed directly on sand and mortar. Two buildings are used for sleep and work, while a third contains a fully equipped bathroom, shower, washing machine, sink and composting toilet. Further improvements however, will have to wait until next summer when the Designboomteam returns to Sardinia.

Read More: Container Summer Residence at Designboom

(Images by Designboom)

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