Thursday, May 14, 2009

Would you live in a shipping container?

You know those ubiquitous corrugated metal boxes you see on trains and around industrial centers?  AZCentral ran an article this morning about a local architect, Lorenzo Perez, who's planning to build studio apartments out of them!

My first thought was "come on, give me a break."  But a little more research changed my mind.

Turns out this isn't the first project of its kind.  In fact, there are several residential and commercial projects around the world using shipping containers.  Check out this home in Manhattan Beach, CA (a VERY expensive area!)

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image courtesy of Zach Smith's Shipping Container Architecture website:  http://firmitas.org/, a great place to learn more about this topic.

The containers are almost 9 feet wide & tall, come in 20' and 40' lengths, and are virtually indestructible.  They reduce our environmental impact by reducing the use of other materials (that recycling thing we keep talking about), and at a cost of $2,000, how can you NOT be a fan?

Your learned something new today Realtor,

Chris Butterworth