Inside a Whimsical Two-Story Home Built From Shipping Containers

published Feb 7, 2021
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Get ready for some major prefab house envy: LOT-EK, an architecture and design studio based in New York and Italy, has constructed a dreamy two-story prefabricated home using shipping containers. The studio combined four shipping containers about the length of a 320 square feet studio each to create a family home roughly 1,920 square feet in total. Located in Hudson, New York, the home—called the C-Home Hudson—has three bedrooms, an open layout, large glass walls, and a backyard terrace.

The first floor is a large communal space that houses the kitchen, a living space, a dining area, a wood-burning fireplace, and some pastel blue and yellow furniture. All of the private bedrooms are on the second floor. There are two bedroom suites and another room; the suites are accessible via their own staircases and each feature their own private bathrooms. Out in the backyard, there’s a deck area with string lights and patio furniture that provide additional space. 

Perhaps the pièce de résistance of LOT-EK’s C-Home Hudson is the exterior. All of the shipping containers are a uniform shade of dark brown, making the home blend seamlessly into its natural surroundings of trees and other greenery. On both the front and the back of the home’s exterior are large glass windows that assume a slit, diagonal form, allowing natural light to flow in during the day. 

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Above the second story of the home, there’s also a roof that allows for more outdoor revelries beyond the wooden deck. Swipe through the gallery above to tour the inside of the C-Home Hudson.

LOT-EK, founded by Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano, has established itself as quite the pioneer of shipping container architecture. The studio has dabbled in various upcycled shipping container projects prior to C-Home Hudson, such as Small Big Home and Lafayette Avenue. To learn more about the C-Home Hudson and all other projects, visit LOT-EK