Storage Container Homes in American and England continue to be built with a bias towards sustainability, spatial efficiency, and contemporary aesthetic architecture.
Colorado Home Setting the Bar
A wooden paneled refurbished container home is perched off the grid in Nederlands, Colorado.
The wooden panels blend the two units naturally into their majestic brown rock surroundings. The home features the simple and stylistic architecture of Studio:HT. The portable storage containers were craned into the site and positioned for optimal solar orientation. The home is solar powered by solar panels on the flat roof. Other sustainable features of the Colorado home include pellet stove heating, passive cooling ventilation, and a green roof. This house holds bedrooms, and office, kitchen, living room, bathrooms, and a loft deck that opens up to the gorgeous mountain surroundings.
More Places than just Colorado
The Colorado home allows for serene appreciation of nature, but is in a pretty isolated location. A container city has been built in a more populated area: east side of the city of London, England. The steel structure can house 70 people, and is made of shipping connex boxes stacked two deep and four stories high. The structure also has a restaurant, office space, and a performance space within. The recycled units are painted bright hues of red, yellow and white. Urban Space Management, the company that built the mini city, purchased the steel units after they arrived in England from China.
Guesthouses Go Green
Perhaps living in a modular home is too daring of a full time commitment. Poteet Architects have made a guesthouse in San Antonio, Texas. Continuing with the sustainability of the recycled building material, the architects used recycled telephone poles for the home foundation. Plants cover the roof of this home, which help with natural home cooling and circulation.