I have always been fascinated with living spaces.  

The tiny home movement is extremely interesting, especially shipping containers.  ..that is until they look like the same old tree fort that I have seen on HGTV a dozen times already.   So here is a pass at a 'bungalow' container home.  This design embraces the material, expands on the geometry of the space and completely breaks the silhouette of expectation without being overt or taking itself too seriously.

Shipping containers pose a fascinating opportunity for dwelling design solutions.

Shipping containers pose a fascinating opportunity for dwelling design solutions.

Patio and deck shaded in the summer months.

Patio and deck shaded in the summer months.

Every shipping container holds a blank pallet for design.  Here is a simple, but visually intense idea.  This bungalow is suited for a rocky terrain or perhaps a vertical forest.  The 'pop outs' would house a small closet, and appliances.  The pillar on the deck also doubles as a fixing point for a triangular sun shade that connects with the bungalow.  The idea is to sit on your deck with a glass of wine for most of the day, so find yourself the perfect view first.

While on the road, I am always left with the fact that my 5th wheel provides nearly every moment of comfort as home, but does it on just a few solar panels, very little propane, and very little water.  The 5th wheel is extremely efficient compared to my home.  It is time to make more efficiency something beautiful.  Conservation does not have to arrive in a bland or uninteresting package.  Thinking about new building conventions like shipping container homes, is good way to figure out how to make it doable, but also make it desirable.

If you find yourself one day at a loss for design inspiration while thinking about building a shipping container home, write me a note, or use this design.  I would love to see it built.

Cheers.