Architect turns four shipping containers into an affordable and eco-friendly home

July 2, 2018 by  
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Architectural firm  Matt Elkan Architect has unveiled a beautiful home on Australia’s south coast, with a unique twist: it’s made out of four shipping containers. In addition to constructing the home out of repurposed containers , the firm included a number of sustainable features in order to make the shipping container house as environmentally friendly as possible. From the beginning, architect Matt Elkan worked with the homeowners to create a design that would reflect their vision of an eco-friendly family home . He also wanted to prove that great design doesn’t have to break the bank. According to Elkan’s project description, “This project was always about economy, efficiency and how to do as much as possible on a very limited budget. However, the scale belies the efficiency of program and generosity of the outcome. The client’s conviction from the outset was that good architecture does not need to be expensive, and this project attempts to prove the theory.” Related: Stunning shipping container home can be yours for $125k Although keeping the budget as low as possible was a priority, minimizing the home’s environmental impact was of utmost importance as well. There was no excavation on the landscape and the four shipping containers were laid out strategically to take advantage of natural lighting and passive temperature control. The architects used natural wood insulation on the flat roof, and they did not include any VOC finishes in the building. Additionally, the home has Low E windows and recycled HW doors. For water conservation, 500 liters of water can be stored on-site. The result of this strategic design? A beautiful 1,000-square-foot home that sleeps up to ten people. Unlike some shipping container homes , the design proudly shows the shipping container aesthetic throughout the exterior and interior. The home’s exterior was painted in a dark grey, and the doors were left in their original state with script that marks their weight and shipping details. The interior also proudly shows its industrial origins. The container walls were painted in a glossy white with a few accent walls made of blonde wood, which was also used for the ceiling and flooring. Sliding farmhouse-style doors give the home a modern touch. An abundance of windows throughout the home flood the interior with natural light and also provide a strong connection to the home’s gorgeous surroundings. Many of the floor-to-ceiling windows can be concealed by the large shipping container doors. The living space opens up to a wooden deck, further blending the home’s interior with the exterior. + Matt Elkan Architect Via Dwell Photography by Simon Whitbread

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Solar-powered Sustainer Homes give you the freedom to live anywhere

August 18, 2015 by  
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Container Solutions Unveils India’s First Shipping Container Home in Bangalore

October 8, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of Container Solutions Unveils India’s First Shipping Container Home in Bangalore Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , Cargotecture , Container Solutions India , green design , India , India green building , india’s first shipping container home , Indian Shipping Container House , kameshwar Rao , Prefab Housing , Recycled Materials , recycled shipping container , shipping container , shipping container architecture , shipping container house , shipping container housing        

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Calculator Shows How Many Potatoes it Would Take to Power Your House

October 7, 2013 by  
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You’ve probably heard of cars that run on used cooking oil – but what about an entire house powered by potatoes ? Apparently it’s possible – and Movoto just launched an online calculator that shows exactly how many spuds it would take to power your house. Simply enter in your square footage and a length of time and it’ll tell you how many potatoes you’d need! + Power Your House With Potatoes The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy efficiency” , alternative energy , calculator , energy use , green design , green energy , infographic , movoto , potato power , potato powered house , renewable energy , sustainable design        

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Couple Moves into Cool Shipping Container Home in New York City

March 11, 2013 by  
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Michele Bertomen and David Boyle set out the achieve the American dream by building their own home in Brooklyn, New York . But the house they chose to create is undoubtedly a little different from the typical, white picket-fenced version that may spring to mind. The couple built the four-level residence out of six stacked shipping containers over the past few years, and were finally able to move in just a short while ago. Check out our photo gallery to see all that this truly unique residence has to offer – from cool upcycled furniture ideas to cut-out balconies to a sweet spiral staircase . READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 351 Keap Street , bethex credit union , brooklyn shipping container home , Cargotecture , David Boyle , Department of Buildings , eco design , green design , Michele Bertomen , shipping container home brooklyn , SHipping container home Williamsburg , shipping container homes , shipping container house , shipping containers , sustainable design , williamsburg shipping container home

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Italian Green Frame Home Explores Sustainable Container Housing

September 30, 2010 by  
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Chinese Train Smashes World Record for High Speed Rail Travel

September 30, 2010 by  
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In another triumph for green transportation , Shanghai’s latest bullet train has obliterated the previous record for the fastest high speed train in the world by 21km/h. The lightning fast train was able to reach a speed of 415km/h , and come late October it will service lucky commuters traveling from Shanghai to Hangzhou (which are approximately 202km apart)

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