A house made out of recycled shipping containers doesn’t really seem like the type to blend in well into a suburban area from New Jersey and yet that’s exactly the case here. This is a container home designed and built by architect Adam Kalkin back in 2008. He used a total of nine 40 foot long containers which were organized into two wings connected by a courtyard and a bridge on the second floor. Large windows, glass walls and numerous skylights allow natural light to enter the spaces and panoramic views to be admired.
The house is organized into two separate wings connected by a bridge and a large courtyardOne of the volumes embraces the sloping terrain, maintaining a symmetrical lookThe wings share a long terrace which comes in the continuation of the central bridge structureThe primary living spaces occupy the ground floor of the West wing and feature large windows
The West wing contains the primary living spaces which occupy the ground floor and three bedrooms and two bathrooms on the upper floor. The kitchen opens onto the living room, featuring a large stainless steel countertop island. The East wing is smaller due to the sloping terrain and was designed to serve as an entertainment volume. It houses two offices, one of which can double as a guest bedroom. The fact that this container house blends so well into its natural surroundings is a bit surprising but in a very positive sense. the corrugated steel facade plays an important role in this sense.
A cozy breakfast nook with banquet seating completes the social area and occupies its own little section of the floor planThe interior design is not at all what you’d expect from a container home, featuring very few industrial-looking elements
The interior space is maximized and optimized, featuring a series of multifunctional areasThe entire house is a harmonious mix of industrial and modern elements which complement each otherWooden floors, warm, neutral colors and layered textures and patterns balance the cold nature of the corrugated steel facadeAlthough small, this office has a lot of character and direct access outdoorsThe kitchen has its own door which leads directly outside while also letting in lots of natural lightThis house is very welcoming and charming even though its shipping container structure may suggest a modest and rugged lookA glass walk-in shower and a skylight prevent this bathroom from looking tiny and clutteredThe master bathroom is even more impressive, featuring full-height windows and a very airy and bright interior