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Thinking Outside the Box and Inside the Container: During turbulent economic times and the pressure to live sustainably, the home buying market must welcome new solutions with an open mind. Alina Kulesh explores the concept of container homes and their fit in modern society. (The Genteel)

I, akin to you, couldn’t help the skepticism trickle into my mind at first introduction of the container concept. I realized that my initial skepticism and perhaps discomfort with this idea came from the very fact that a container home challenged conventional housing norms.  I quickly caught myself falling into the trap of conventions and decided to focus on its brilliance.

People, as a species, are so talented. Not only did our kind get the idea to reuse such a hideous and simple structure, but our powerful minds and talented hands are able to create a space that is humbly beautiful.  The container home is a small example as to why we should be in awe of our society.

On a personal note, I think a container home would make the perfect cottage. Steel, as an ancient resource, is both a juxtaposition and a compliment to natural surroundings.  The clever design of a container home is built on the premise of making the most of natural elements, such as light and physical location.

The biggest question is: where do I put it? 

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One thought on “BTW: Thinking Outside the Box and Inside the Container

  1. Alina,
    Shipping containers are an exciting new opportunity for the design world. I’d say those used in larger homes like your picture are a smaller portion of the current investigation. Where these things shine is the small home arena–just one or two containers for single bedroom homes. Your mentioning of cottages is spot on. They also have great opportunities for pre-fab applications. Since they can be shipped on a truck, large amounts of work can just be done in a protected shop environment before being shipped to the site and set down on a foundation.

    They do have some drawbacks as well. Noise can be a problem as sound travels throughout the entirety of the structure since it is all welded together (think rain on a shed roof). Since they have no inherent wall depth, running utilities along with insulation can be a bit of an issue–not insurmountable by any means, but certainly in need of a plan.

    Like you said, I think it’s biggest hurdle is overcoming the stereotypical image of “house” in the minds of regular folks. Then again, architecture in general suffers from this in most of its endeavors.
    -Tyler

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