Shipping containers inspire a light-filled musicians home

September 4, 2018 by  
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When a couple tapped Coates Design Architects to design a house that could accommodate their baby grand piano, they were also intrigued by the idea of using shipping containers to do the job. In response, the American architecture studio researched cargotecture  and settled on a cost-effective solution that combined traditional wood framing with a “container-like” design. Located on Washington’s Bainbridge Island, the Musician’s House features a layout optimized for acoustics as well as natural ventilation and daylighting. Completed in 2014, the Musician’s House spans an area of 2,775 square feet across two floors. “The couple was intrigued with the idea of building a container house from real containers ,” said Coates Design Architects in a project statement. “We researched the idea — searching for a ‘sweet spot’ that could utilize containers in a manner that required as little alteration as possible, taking advantage of their natural structural integrity. The alternative was to force them into a different role that requires significant alterations. Considerable research was spent on the topic … only to arrive at the more cost-effective solution of traditional wood framing.” Despite their findings, the architects designed the home with a “container-like” aesthetic using industrial corrugated metal cladding combined with natural materials , including a variety of timber and even a green roof above the entry vestibule. Inside, the Musician’s House comprises a spacious master en suite on the ground floor along with a kitchen and a double-height living and dining area. The upper level houses a guest bedroom suite, workshop, covered outdoor decks and a loft/music room with a connecting studio space. Related: Architect turns four shipping containers into an affordable and eco-friendly home In contrast to the industrial cladding, the interiors are bright, colorful and playful. Full-height windows, particularly around the double-height living space, stream in natural light, and select art and furnishings add bright pops of color to the modern home, from the yellow accent wall behind the stairs to the multicolored seating in the eat-in kitchen. + Coates Design Architects Images via Coates Design Architects

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Recycled Blue Jeans Insulate Recording Studio

August 3, 2012 by  
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Baltimore-based Musician Dan Deacon knows all about blending old with new. He consistently mixes his own classical compositions with modern electronic interest into dichotomous, beautiful sounds. Considering his genre of choice, it’s no shock that…

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Nashville Musician Re-Uses Vinyl Records as Roof Shingles

November 9, 2010 by  
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According to Jazz.com , Nashville-based musician Matt Glassmeyer has been known to create his own instruments. This time, however, Matt has fashioned a roof for his porch using 350 damaged records . In lieu of traditional shingles, this newly fashioned roof features a set of records aligned in a uniform, overlapping pattern.

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Nashville Musician Shingles His Roof With Records

November 8, 2010 by  
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Nashville Musician Matt Glassmeyer is, according to Jazz.com , a bit of an inventor.

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Paul McCartney Takes on NASA, Ewan McGregor Needs Your Help, and More

September 3, 2010 by  
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Photo via OneThirtyBPM.com Musician Paul McCartney isn’t shy about taking a stand for animal rights — the vegetarian superstar has talked about his journey to a meat-free diet and supported Meatless Mondays — and now he’s speaking up for another group: the monkeys that NASA uses to predict how space travel will affect humans. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Wyclef Jean Raises $2 million for Haiti, 24 Saves the Planet, and More

January 15, 2010 by  
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Photo via Gather Musician, rapper, and record producer Wyclef Jean founded the Yele Haiti organization in 2005 to raise funds and support projects in his home country, with a focus on education, health, community development, and environmental issues–especially reforestation . But this week’s earthquake brought the organization into the spotlight as Jean and his team joined up with AmeriCares, Friends of the World Food P… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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