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Redondo Beach Container Home, Redondo Beach, CA, United States

Monday 15 Sep 2008

Container for life

Copyright of Andre Movsesyan 
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09/08/12 David, Vancouver
One of the more important components of this project was the utilization of our ceramic insulation coating, SUPER THERM to the exterior surfaces to prevent this structure from loading with heat. The use of steel building materials presents challenges in therms of thermal control. Steel is a great conductor of heat, and with standard insulations which absorb heat which is not what you want in a hot climate. SUPER THERM can be applied to both sides of the steel substrate to effectively control heat transfer. For more information contact me at coatings(at)shaw.ca for a dealer near you.
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22/04/09 Cor, West Hills
It looks great. Does it have the same building permits and requirements as a stick-built home?
05/01/09 DJ, Los Angeles
This architect is winning design and innovation awards here in LA and you should cover his other container projects as well. I believe he has five projects that are now complete or nearing completion. The container debate is alive and well in the States and DeMaria is fueling the fire. Admire his determination, depth of design skill and his daring to venture into unknown territory. His lecture at Woodbury University inspired me to no end and I'm hoping his work is covered and discussed more so in an international forum.
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Single-family custom residence utilizing recycled ISO cargo containers. 

Container architecture is on the rise – the basic structures offer a simple and environmentally conscious solution to room creation and the competition seems to be underway to use the structures to their best potential. This container-home is one of the latest to utilise this technique, using 8 cargo containers varying in legth. By embracing its humble beginnings to stylish ends, WAN find it worthy of House of the Week status. Christian Kienapfel discusses the Redondo Beach Container Home in its wider context…

The redeployed containers are a critical element of the transportation infrastructure that facilitates global trade and with the ongoing trade imbalance; millions of containers remain in ports around the USA. Combined with technologies from the neighbouring aerospace industry, the containers have been brought together with a traditional stick frame construction to create a hybrid home. The use of materials and methods from other industries, non-related to residential construction is part of the architect’s philosophical approach.

Airplane hangar doors open the family room to the courtyard where a subterranean cargo container swimming pool is located. The recycled containers, the ceramic based insulation (same that is used on NASA’s Space Shuttle), the prefabricated metal roof panels, the multi-skinned acrylic sheets employed on greenhouses, the formaldehyde free plywood, the tank-less hot water heaters, etc. all add up to a home that is innovative, affordable and environmentally conscious.

The affordability of this building system, in addition to the containers being virtually mold proof, termite proof, fire proof and nearly indestructible, will enable the mass of society to realize the dream of creating a quality custom home at an affordable price. Study the methodologies of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Textile Block homes, Andy Warhol’s Prints, or McDonald’s Hamburgers, and you’ll find that the Architect is simply reinterpreting and re-presenting the best of these processes in a different medium. This project is the torchbearer for a new, more affordable, method of design and construction - Architecture as a Product.

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DeMaria Design Associates Inc.

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