Oh, for tiny boxes to hide in… from the kids… :)

30 Jul

Yeah, it’s ME again…

That insufferable jerk who’s designing and building a house out of shipping containers, so that when we fall asleep, the neighbors can load it on a big truck, and have it hauled out of their neighborhood, and across state lines… 🙂

As I toil away on this weeks post project “Everything you Never wanted to Know about Geothermal Anything!”…

A friend of mine in Napa California contacted me, looking for “a desk away from home,” to allow him to work without interruption.

Being the father of a young child about to shatter the record for “terrible two’s,” I understand completely. Many is the day I wish I’d buried a container to use as a bomb shelter, and then welded myself into it!

(Remember kiddies: Don’t try this at home. Burying a shipping container is a feat best left to professionals. And I’m NOT talking about Bob Vila, this time…)  🙂

Anyway, this guy, we’ll call him Jules, he was thinking about dropping a 20′ container in his backyard, and the hiding it behind creative shrubbery, and screens made from perforated steel (which would rust over time to display a wonderful earthen patina). Add a few left over rafters from one project or another never completed (at least that’s what his wife says…) and you’d have a covered patio, too!

But he lives in Wine Mecca, at least in California.

At the same time, I was browsing the web, looking thru the shelters already entered in a Guggenheim Shelter Competition and I thought this one was just perfect for his task…

Why not put a huge wine barrel in your back yard? You can tell all your pals that you made if from the Sam’s Club sized Merlot cask you just emptied…

wine shelter1

wine shelter2

wine shelter3

wine shelter4

Hiccup! 🙂

What do YOU think?

FYI: The Guggenheim/Google Competition is open to people from almost anywhere in the world and you don’t have to be a student to enter, both of which make this the most open design challenge they’ve ever held.

All you have to do is design a small structure for a precise location somewhere on the planet – no bigger than 100 square feet (9.3 square meters), and no taller than 12 feet (3.6 meters).

You can read about all the design parameters on the Guggenhiem website.

And, I’ll point out that they do manufacture 10′ shipping containers… 🙂

Stay tuned!

The Renaissance Ronin