Shipping Containers As Home — A Low-Cost Recycling Housing Concept

Benjamin Garcia Saxe’s latest project, “Containers of Hope,” transforms two disused shipping containers into an aesthetically pleasing and reasonably sized private home.

Located in San Jose, Costa Rica this residential project situates two containers side by side, utilizes sections of recycled metal to make an adjoining roof, and offers a sense of openness inside while providing cross ventilation that eliminated the need for air conditioning.

The architect states:

“Perhaps this project begins to expose the importance of design as a tool to provide beauty and comfort with a very low budget ($40,000) in the 21st century, whilst using creativity to not only redefine a scrap material such a disused shipping container, but perhaps to even show that there are viable, low cost, passive alternatives of temperature control to adapt to a very intense tropical climate.”




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