Cool, modern house, right? It's not just that. It's made from shipping containers, and is "infilling an empty lot overlooking a regional park in the eastern hills above San Francisco Bay."
Leger Wanaselja Architecture took two refrigerated shipping containers (instant structural frame, exterior siding, and insulation), stacked them, and added a third one, cut in half and stacked on itself. Voila! A 1,350-square foot two-bedroom house. Then they created a two-story atrium living room, added bay windows to the upstairs bedrooms, and connected the two upper containers to the space below with stairs and a bridge through the atrium. The result is compact, yet airy.
Green materials include blown cellulose insulation for the roof and floors, 50% fly ash/slg in concrete foundation and piers, “green seal” paint on the interior, wool carpets and bamboo flooring, Solar Tubes for day lighting, Energy Star appliances, a high efficiency water heater, and dual flush Caroma toilets.