Cargotecture: Would You Live in a Metal Box?comments (12) June 21st, 2011 in Blogs
Cargotecture, a term that was apparently coined some years ago by Robert Humble and Joel Egan over at www.hybridarc.com, refers to homes that are made out of shipping containers. I’m sure you’ve seen a few of these projects, but have you ever considered them to be a viable building option? I’ve been stumbling upon more and more of these homes lately, and so I’ve been wondering:
Do shipping containers make great homes, or are they just weird? I’ve decided my answer is...yes.
Yes, I think they make good homes (look at the projects pictured here) and yes they are rather weird and unconventional, which is a major part of their allure for me. To me, living in a converted metal shipping container demonstrates an open mindedness and a sense of creativity that seems to be severely lacking in a lot of homes. While shipping containers can be used to build larger homes, they seem like a great way to build an affordable, small home.
Of course, I’ve got questions. I wonder what my local building department would say of a plan to build with shipping containers (or how quickly they’d put the brakes on my project). I wonder what electrical and plumbing rough-in would be like. I also wonder if I have the design sense to make a shipping container look, feel and function like a real home, and not like some metal box that was plopped behind a mailbox.
Has anyone looked into this? If so, please share your insights, because I'm tempted to go shopping.
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