Spiritual Spaces

3 Jul

People ask me all the time if it’s really possible to live in a shipping container home.

They just can’t seem to wrap their heads around the idea that space is based on how you USE it. They think that people using ISBUs are trapped in long narrow rooms, as the walls slowly close in.

People don’t usually build homes using single containers. They combine them to create open, airy spaces wrapped securely in steel.

In fact, it should be noted that  we very rarely get involved in Single ISBU builds.

When you do that… you’re talking about “shotgun” spaces that can be very defined and even claustrophobic, unless you are VERY careful with design.

We’ve all heard about “Micro Homes”. We’ve all seen the photographs of ridiculously small Hong Kong and even New York Apartments.


But wait, there’s MORE:

The Japanese have almost turned small footprint homes into an artform. 

In fact, some would say that is exactly what they’ve done.

A reader sent this to me and asked if it could be reproduced using containers.

Atelier Tekuto architects have pushed what some would call “ridiculous” to a whole new level. They’ve built an incredible “small house” in Tokyo, Japan. They’ve embraced that narrow footprint.


In their own words:

“With its ten feet wide and three stories tall design “Lucky Drops” fits perfectly into the Japanese micro-home movement.

The house is built on a extremely narrow and long lot, giving main architect Yasuhiro Yamashiita the huge challenge to design a house that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

He used flexible translucent walls and perforated floors to provide the building with as much daylight as possible and, according to the architect, the house is as open and airy as possible.”

Okay, it’s certainly not ISBU’s. It’s 10 feet wide, after all.

But what if you did the same thing by stacking (2) 48′ ISBUs on top of each other? You’d have an 8 1/2 foot wide home, 3 stories tall (2 stories plus the “attic”).  AND, you’d accomplish it in minutes. Like about 15 of them. You can easily stack an ISBU on top of another one in 15 minutes time – even with a rookie crew.

We’ve seen examples of this before;

Remember this?

Now think about how many of these little steel sanctuaries you could place on a small piece of property without anyone feeling like they were packing into subdivisions like sardines.

Granted,  the Atelier Tekuto house isn’t for everyone. But…

I like this… The home is almost “spiritual”.

It’d make a wonderful studio…

Image Credits: (ny apt) Google Images and

(Lucky Drops) courtesy of tekuto.com

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10 Responses to “Spiritual Spaces”

  1. Kim Swearingen July 3, 2011 at 8:48 am #

    I love how things come into your life just when you need them. I am building a straw bale vault on my property. Picture a gothic arch with bales on the outside. I also have a container I want to turn into an art studio and I have been wracking my brain trying to think of how to make the two structures have a visually unified theme. Thank you!

    • Renaissance Ronin July 3, 2011 at 11:40 am #

      I’m pleased to aim…

      Wait that’s not it.

      I aim to please… 🙂

      Glad you liked it. I do draw some inspiration from it, myself!

      Please aim some photos at us, when you get further along! 🙂

  2. Madrigorne July 6, 2011 at 6:52 am #

    its not a container house, but it could be…look Ronin…
    http://all-that-is-interesting.com/post/4956385434/the-first-zombie-proof-house

    • Renaissance Ronin July 6, 2011 at 2:20 pm #

      I LIKE the Zombie House.

      Or rather, the “Anti-Zombie House”.

      Okay, it’s a bit “monument” for me… but all in all, I like it a lot. 🙂

      But it looks like they missed one. If you scroll down the photos you can see a Zombie standing on the porch.

      Braaaaiiiiiiiins! Braaaaaiiiiiins! 🙂

      • Madrigorne July 7, 2011 at 6:52 am #

        Mine will have a moat, full of hungry ill tempered zombie eating piranha. They will keep the zombies off my porch.

        • Renaissance Ronin July 7, 2011 at 10:38 am #

          Only YOU could take a “reverent spiritual space” post and turn it into a “Zombie Apocalypse”. 😉

          But yeah, I agree, that BIG concrete block of a house needs a serious moat. I’m thinking maybe flamethrowers built into the ground level walls, just about waist high, too! Hey, if you used composting toilets, you could scavenge off the methane to power them! 🙂

          I wonder if Zombies could be considered “a secondary source of protein”? What kinda BBQ sauce do you use with that? Hmmm… 😉

          • Madrigorne July 8, 2011 at 4:59 am #

            no no no, you can’t use them as protein, the risk of infection is too high… as a matter of fact you can’t even eat the piranha who snacked on them – but you can render them for biodiesel, which you can then use to power the flame thrower and your zombie-squashing snowplow-tankgirlmobile…

            • Renaissance Ronin July 8, 2011 at 11:43 am #

              But I can’t drive our TankGirlMobile! My wife won’t give me the keys! 🙂

              • Madrigorne July 11, 2011 at 6:04 am #

                Guess you’ll just have to pilot the Ronin-copter…

                • Renaissance Ronin July 11, 2011 at 5:52 pm #

                  More like the Go-Go-Gadget_Skateboard…

                  If I can get it away from “the kid”… oy!

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