Architecture

Architecture

Container Madness!! Massive House Built With 31 Shipping Containers

Few words come to mind that would appropriately describe a home that was built with an astounding 31 recycled shipping containers, but I’ll do my best. Australian architects ZeiglerBuild shocked the architecture community when they conceived this grandiose experiment, evoking the curiosity of a child who was just given Legos for the first time. The home is spread out over three interlocking stories and features a salt water pool and some impressive exterior graffiti art.

The exterior of the home was treated as if they containers had been left in the open to the devices of urban hoodlummery and vandalism. It’s a unique approach that in an odd paradoxical way calms the massive scale of the building. A structure of this size has every opportunity to appear as a wart on the landscape no matter where it is situated, but the celebration of the container’s facade gives the building an innate sense of place. The playful juxtaposition of new and old is evident everywhere, cohesively binding the interior to the exterior.

This Sleek Shipping Container Studio Hides Among The Trees

In the last 10 years we’ve seen a massive influx of structures being designed and build using recycled shipping containers. Take for example this forest studio, which transforms the rugged steel boxes into sublime interiors, all the while celebrating the rough aesthetic of the corrugated steel exterior. Large glazed openings insert into the open ends of the container allowing for sweeping views of the surrounding foliage.

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The interiors are minimal and white, allowing the surrounding forest to be the star of the show.

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Multiple containers are fitted together to extend the limited footprint that a single container can occupy. The studio was designed by Maziar Behrooz Architecture as part of their Insta_Houses series of pre-fabricated homes.

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Photos by: Dalton Portella & Francine Fleischer

Tiny Polish Apartment A Stunning Display of Simplicity

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Who knew particleboard could look so elegant? In this consumer age where we feel so pressured to buy new things and flaunt conspicuous consumption, it’s nice to see the opposite side of the spectrum, where people value simplicity and minimalism but don’t sacrifice style and comfort. There’s a certain refreshing air of freedom that a lack of possessions, and far from seeming drab and confined, the simple and cost-effective arrangement of this apartment brings a higher sense of aesthetic beauty. The tiny apartment clocks in at just 312 square feet, yet it feels much larger. They manage to fit a loft with a bed, a nice kitchen, great storage options, and even a workspace and living room. By combining the natural wood colors with clean white, some exposed brick, and a dash of colors they layer a perfect amount of style into the space. I mean, who knew particleboard could look so great? Now you know…

20+ Backyard Sheds Turned Into Private Speakeasy Pubs

The tiny house craze continues to grow, and with it comes a variety of different styles an purposes. You see, not everyone wants to build a tiny house to live in. Sometimes they have other plans, like wanting a private writing studio/office, or as we see here, a mini-speakeasy to share some drinks with friends. Folks in the UK have been modifying their backyard sheds for years, and each year Readersheds UK holds a contest for the best new construction. These are a few of the past winners.

A $300 Chill Cabin For Sexing And Reading. You Decide.

Deek of Relaxshacks.com is like a tiny house renaissance man, with a talent for building tiny dwellings in the wild, sometimes constructing one in a matter of hours. This one could be for reading as he claims, but I think I know what the real reason is, a sweet love shack. Just throw a little day bed in there, and replace the books with a few bottles of whiskey and maybe box with some adult smoking materials. Or leave the books. That’s great too.

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The Multipurpose Cube Inside This Home Is Pure Genius

On the outside this home appears to be your everyday little cottage, but inside things have changed quite a bit since it was originally built. A young family of four occupies the space, which saw a dramatic remodel. They removed the back half of the home, replacing it with an open living/dining room area and then added a totally unique cube/pod system in the center.

The pod may seem a bit odd at first, almost a waste of space, until you understand what it’s used for. Inside its walls you’ll find a bathroom, powder room, and pantry. It also serves as a wall to separate the playroom from the main living and dining area.

Photos by: Lauren Bamford

This Seattle Home Brings Together Sustainability, With A Rustic Modern Edge

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This beautiful home comes to us courtesy Dwell Development and is found in Seattle, and was built using a mixture of sustainable and reclaimed materials. The look and feel bring together a decidedly modern and contemporary lines with the rustic warmth of reclaimed woods, and a dash of sustainable features.