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.
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.
“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;
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