I love shipping container houses, and I have seen some creative ways of making space with them. But with this home, I wanted to make a modern home that would fit into almost any neighborhood. A simple rectangular volume, to maximize the usage of the shipping containers. This home is designed to be affordable, with a hybrid model of shipping containers and dimension lumber with prefab trusses for the gable roof. The current gable roof is not only to match common existing houses you might find in an urban neighborhood, the gable roof can provide for good solar access, as long as you are working with an “east-west” lot. With this concept in mind, we are using the gable roof as a solar-ready angle; I thought this would be a great way to create a solar ready prototype that has a 40 degree roof pitch that coincides with the latitude, making it a truly solar-ready home that is built to catch some rays.
It uses 8 shipping containers. This would be approximately 16′ x 40′ or about 1200 sq. ft. with 3 bed 2 bath. There is an option to have the Master on the ground floor to accommodate aging in place.
This a collective food market, a place where local farmers can bring produce and goods to sell, local people can cook and there is more room to socialize provided than at regular super-market. This makes it a more civic place, instead of solely commercial. Having more social space allows for higher sales and creates a culture of ‘regulars’ who hang out at the market.
Initial studio for the alley flat initiative.
Cohousing: communities balance the traditional advantages of shared common facilities and on-going connections with your neighbors. These cooperative neighborhoods, both inter-generational and for elders, are among the most promising solutions to many of today’s most challenging social and environmental concerns.