When I posted a video of a beautiful home built from salvaged car parts, the tour also included a brief visit to the architect/owners Karl Wanaselja and Cate Leger's backyard studio built from a disused shipping container.
Now here's a closer look at that awesome structure.
Built from a refrigerated shipping container that was bought for $1800, Karl explains that the unit was already designed to be insulated, durable and water-tight. By opening it up and putting in huge windows, and slicing the unit and rearranging it into a T shape, the pair have also humanized it into a more airy, sunny and less rectangular living space.
Lloyd may have questioned the validity of shipping containers in architecture as being too toxic, too inconvenient and too small. But there are a number of things going for the Wanaselja/Leger design. Firstly, the unit was already insulated—reducing the need for another major material input. Secondly, the unit was an oversized 40ft—so lent itself easily to a radical reconfiguration. And thirdly, it's food grade metal on the inside at least—so I am presuming this would reduce some of the concerns around paint toxicity.
Yet another great video from Fair Companies—the same folks who brought us the video of Wanaselja and Leger's recycled car home; a great story about a 16-year-old who built a tiny house for a mortgage-free future; and an old garage turned stunning tiny house.