Double Storey Container House

This double storey container house in New Jersey designed by Adam Kalkin upcycles unused cargo containers in a modern and stylish home.  Rather strangely known as the ‘Old Lady House’ the design is modern and clean without being overly industrial or sparse.

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Upstairs living space in two storey container house

Image courtesy of Inhabitat


Visible Container Volumes

The exterior does little to excite, and is rather stark. Surfaces have deliberately been left raw, with dents and original branding in place, a dark rust colour providing the main colour palette.

It is the full height doors and windows which provide uninterrupted views out to the surrounding forest and to the opposing 'pods' of the home that provide the spacious and welcoming feel that is evident from the inside of the space.

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Image courtesy of Inhabitat


The two pods are joined by a steel walkway, which hangs off the edge of the buildings and runs the full width of the project, thus also acting as a balcony for rooms which face onto it.

In the space between, a patterned courtyard area ties the two volumes together and acts as an outdoor room from which to enjoy the natural surrounds.  

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Image courtesy of Inhabitat


Internal spaces are all clad with traditional finishes including fir and mahogany (and even some carpet) so the home does not have a hard industrial feel.

In many parts of the house the sense of being in a container home disappears under traditional claddings and vast open spaces (three containers wide). Walk into the laundry, dining alcove and some of the other service areas however, and you can immediately spot that you are entering what is the end corner of a container (see below).

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Image courtesy of Inhabitat


Adam Kalkin has been involved in some other container projects which we hope to bring you soon...


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