The new Shipping Container Home Design is based around one forty foot container and four twenty foot containers. It features a large sun room built on top of the forty foot shipping container. The lower level is a two car garage, workshop and gust bedroom with a single bath. The second level up is the main living room and Kitchen that opens up into the sun room. The top level is the master bedroom and bath with a large porch. The roof of the top container has been shown as a hot tub area with tree top heights. The main porch has a portion that overhangs the lower containers and a sitting area surrounds the tree that protrudes through the decking.
I was helping a friend move the other day and while unloading the storage space I noticed this beauty sitting in the back of the lot that we were working in. To me, The Airstream represents the American dream that almost became a reality.
Spirit of the Airstream
For almost a decade the Airstream captured the hearts and adventuresome spirits of so many in this country. One trip after another (from the storage space to the Uhaul) I kept thinking how ironic it is that I was loading up a Uhaul to drive across town to unload the Uhaul into a house about 3-4 times the size as this box on wheels. The Airstream has just a little bit more space than an average Uhaul although from the inside it seems exponentially more inviting and welcoming than a Uhaul interior.
Why the Airstream
What is it that draws us towards something like the Airstream but not the Uhaul? For me, it’s the bullet like design and porthole style windows that give it that space aged look. I hope to one day own one of these beauties myself but until then I’ll continue to dream and imagine myself cruising up the east coast with a much better drag coefficient than a Uhaul truck.
The web site design business is booming at Big Boom Design so it’s been tough to break away and work on any other projects. However, I recently jumped back into some Shipping Container Home designs for a few hours. The screen shot to the right is from a 3D modeling program called Rhino. Similar to Google SketchUp but used more for product design and industrial design rather than architecture.
The container home design shown to the right is called The Tetris House due to the overhead resemblance to a Tetris block. It features a pop-top sky light mechanical widows for ventilation. A bank of Photovoltaic and Solar Thermal panels for creating power and heating water. The dining room and living room are lit by a large floor to ceiling window on the front of the house. My favorite aspect about this design is the cut-out in the roof to allow for the adjacent tree to become a part of the home.
Placed on a gravel slab with concrete pillars for support, these shipping containers are adjacently placed to create one large community area inside the house.
This ISBU Home is built on a 20 foot long used shipping container frame. This particular rendition is modeled after a hunting cabin or a nice little getaway home in the woods. It features a spacious loft with pop-up skylight for star gazing and ventilation. Located below the bed is a workshop with a mini kitchenette and sink. In the center is a small living room with a pull out couch for guests. In front of the couch are a set of double doors cut in the side of the shipping container that open up to a small porch. At the front end of the container where the main bay doors are located you have a fold down office area. When not in use the desktops fold up and out of the way. Lastly we have a rooftop porch. With the containers solid steel frame, a second container can easily be stacked on top as well.
The first picture is a screen shot from the 3D modeling program I use to design these container homes. The following three are renders with some simple textures applied. The last two have the front and back walls removed to show the detail and layout.
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Sun Microsystems has created a truly Bomb-Proof server system. They’re taking 20ft ISBU shipping containers and turning them into semi-portable web servers. The first application in the public eye is at Sanford School where they’re using it to run part of their particle accelerator. The server container houses 242 servers and is connected to a 4 mega watt power supply. Maybe one day Big Boom Design websites will be housed in a giant steel server container but at $500,000 it probably won’t be purchased from Sun Microsystems.
Sorry, no photo’s on this one. Check out this link for more info.