8 Shipping Containers Equal 1 Family Home

8 Shipping Containers Equal 1 Family Home

Julia Brenner
Feb 22, 2012

Like deep dish pizza, prop comics, and nude beaches, there seems to be no gray area when it comes to shipping container homes: some people truly love them while others despise them. Maybe it's the setting or the cherry red exterior, but I find this one compellingly livable. What do you think? Is this home a compelling example of adaptive reuse? Or is it the Carrot Top of sustainable architecture?

Constructed by architect Patrick Partouche, this 2,200 sq. ft. single family home in the countryside of France is comprised of 8 shipping containers that have been adapted to comply with local building regulations. Much of the corrugated sheeting was removed from the exterior of the containers and replaced with polycarbonate and glass bay windows with low-e coating to provide maximum natural light. The exterior doors, which span the upper and lower levels, can be opened and closed to customize the amount of privacy and light desired by the homeowners.

According to Designboom, the interior is a mix of "galvanized steel, poppy red columns and wood" that work to create an "industrial atmosphere" preferred by the home owners. They also chose to re-use the corrugated sheets as decorative elements throughout the home.

Aside from the grate walk featured in the upstairs portion of the home (walking barefoot on that = ouch!), I love the suffusion of natural light and loft-like feel. It's also hard to knock the concept of taking something like unused shipping crates, which create environmental hazards when left abandoned, and repurposing them into something functional. But I still don't like Carrot Top.

Read all about the construction of this home on Designboom

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(Images: Patrick Partouche via Designboom)

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