A Beginner's Guide to Container Architecture: 5 Books

A Beginner's Guide to Container Architecture: 5 Books

Aug 5, 2011
Welcome to Adam, who's trying out for a spot on our editorial team. Enjoy!

So you want to live in a less than 400 sq. ft. box? The thought of inhabiting a former sea-faring Corten steel box excites you? You want to be able to brag to all of your friends that your home has crossed the ocean more times than the Concord? Excellent! Rejecting societal norms is half the battle! Of course, designing, outfitting and furnishing your new home is the other (more difficult) half. But have no fear. For help with the latter, these five books on container architecture are some of the most definitive tomes on the subject , covering everything from concepts to construction details. These books are sure to be a useful addition to your soon to be "contained" library!

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1 LOT/EK: Urban Scan by Ada Tolla, $25.00 from Amazon: Last, but never least, a walk on the wild side with LOT/EK (pronounced Low Tech), an architecture firm producing some of the most innovative container architecture out there today. This one definitely requires an open mind and is worth a browse.
2 Container Architecture: This Book Contains 6441 Containers by Jure Kotnik, $34.95 from Barnes and Noble: With plenty of background on the prolific container and the growing proliferation of container projects, this is a great place to start. Search for ideas and inspiration for your project here.
3 Prefab Modern by Jill Herbers, $18.24 from Amazon: If you don't feel up to tapping your inner-architect, not to worry! There are plenty of ready-made, prefab options in container architecture available too!
4 Intermodal Shipping Container Small Steel Buildings by Paul Sawyers, $19.98 from Amazon: For help with everything from where to buy containers to how to stack and insulate them, this book is a must have for your container architecture project.
5 Container Atlas: A Practical Guide to Container Architecture by Han Slawik, $49.14 from Amazon: Not to be argued with, this book is a practical guide for all things 'container architecture.' Prof. Han Slawik even has real world experience on numerous container projects.

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