Kurz Container Residence

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Although the increasingly popular shipping container home seems to be inspiring a number of people to inquire about their own, we’ve noticed that the strong modular nature of the container does little to hinder creativity as we find new opportunities with each successive client. Mr. Kurz came to us with an idea already brewing and a prototype plan ready to go. From there, it was a matter of making an extensive number of tweaks, each one opening new doors, and in some cases closing others, as we designed a home tailored to his needs and desires. A barge worthy 7 containers large, this home has no shortage of interesting features.

Family Courtyard – A large screened in area is framed by the main house and a smaller guest house. Part of the overhead will be made of a tarp material which provides ample protection from the elements but will really glow under the sun.

Solar Panels – There is potential here to produce more energy than one uses.

Skylights – These chimney like openings peak just high enough so they don’t interfere with any solar panels and provide the interior spaces with plenty of natural light.

An Interactive Cladding – This is the most unique feature of the home. Inspired by the client’s physical disability, we designed a facade made of slats which peel out at hand level, directly addressing mobility issues by providing a rail to grab by doors and other areas outside the home that may be frequented. Above this rail is also a shelf, extending the function beyond mobility and supports the client’s desire to entertain by providing a place to rest your drink.

Render 1 resizedRender of the courtyard space.

Levy Container Residence – Rad Cladding

Not just for the “Ooo” factor, but for the cool factor, literally. The cladding forms a shading layer for the containers to reduce direct solar gain and allow convection to cool the surface of the residence.

Using flitch cut cypress lumber siding, we can clad the exterior of the containers to camouflage them. Our cut of choice has 2 rough sides, 1 finished side and 1 raw side (peeled bark profile of cypress tree). This raw side exposes the diagonal profile of a cypress tree’s taper. We take advantage of this diagonal shape to create geometry in the facade which breaks the rigidity and horizontality of the containers and provides a more natural materiality to the exterior. This cladding also provides a protective skin against direct solar heat gain from sunlight.

In addition to the cladding, green walls will be used to further camouflage the containers and provide thermal protection. In most locations, these will be flowering vines adding color and scent to the exterior. At the ground level and other accessible areas, these could be planted with edible varieties.