Think Inside the Box: Innovations in Eco Housing.

Via Saraswati J.
on Apr 1, 2009
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picture-41by Sarah Janelle Miller

Ever wished you lived in a box? What if it offered you all the comforts of your regular housing but was a lot “greener” and possibly more affordable? What if it could look like anything you wanted it to?

Well surprisingly, your answer might be a shipping container. Yes, you read correctly. A shipping container.

Ever seen those large, metal cargo containers being loaded on semis or stacked on trains? Sometimes they’re bright colors, but always rectangular and carrying a load of some sort.

Believe it or not, it is more cost effective for these shipping companies to buy new picture-31containers rather than re-use the old ones. So naturally (or unnaturally) they discard them. What to do with the old discards? Re-use them of course…

At first thought, living in a metal box that once shipped a car or furniture, may not seem all that enticing. But amazing things are happening to these containers, making them extremely home-worthy. Now, “Container Homes” are gaining popularity across the US and Europe.

Many savvy architects are jumping on the band-wagon and creating eco-chiq urban dwellings that boast luxury fixin’s and any eco-inspired trappings that you can dream up. Others have created innovative concepts that meet the needs of various lifestyles- like foldable houses that are ready to be transported to their next locale. Foldables have even been created that open with the push of a button.

picture-5The shipping cartons can be bought at a nominal fee (under $1,000) and placed in any location. They can be restructured by an independent mind or suped- up through a builder. Perfectly stackable, several can be joined to enlarge the living space. They can be fitted with solar panels or any other eco-minded concept that you can dream up.

Skies the limit it seems with the shell of an empty box.


About Saraswati J.

Saraswati J. is a Jyotish Coach and Consultant, bridging ancient Jyotish wisdom with Embodiment and Expressive Art Therapy resources. Her Jyotish work is especially well suited to the extra sensitive artists, mystics and healers—and those who need insights for their dharmic path and personal transformation process. Check out her website and find her on Facebook. You can join her newsletter for special astrological insights or register for her weekly Jyotish Basics classes for an extra dose of healing wisdom. Additionally, she creates unique adornments with the urban goddess in mind. Check out her jewelry at Swati Jr* Jewelry and also on Facebook.


4 Responses to “Think Inside the Box: Innovations in Eco Housing.”

  1. Valerie Eric says:

    Hey Way,
    This is a great post. In my intro architecture class we actually had to design a box like this! It had to be 7x10x7 and be stackable like these. I designed mine to be completely self-sustaining, with solar panels on top! 🙂

  2. sj* says:

    just want to mention "thanks ann miller for the lead on this one!"


  3. trish says:

    That is so interesting – I used to drive by lots full of shipping containers as far as the eye could see in Newark NJ. It would be great to put them to positive use!

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