24 Jun '11, 7pm
Build this beautiful shipping container house for only $40K
There's been a small vogue for houses and buildings made of shipping containers, which are cheap, plentiful, and often end up tossed in the sea (either on purpose or otherwise ). This airy two-container dwelling is one of the prettiest we've seen, and it only cost $40,000 to build. Architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe removed most of the inward-facing walls from the two containers and placed them about a hallway's width apart. The material from the walls then became a roof and clerestory window for the hallway, which keeps the interior bright and cool, while the slightly expanded footprint keeps the whole thing from feeling too cramped.