Ecuador’s Disassembling Shipping Container Home

  • Creative housing options have been a booming trend, especially in terms of re-purposing materials. This innovative shipping container home located in Ecuador, for example, uses re-purposed materials while creating a beautiful home. So what sets this project apart from others? What is most intriguing is that the entire home can be completely disassembled; allowing for each module to be transported to a new location.

    Architects Daniel Moreno Flores and Sebastian Calero have worked together to create this industrial-chic home by re-purposing seven shipping containers. The interior and exterior closely reflect the previous purpose of the containers, giving the entire project a very industrial feel. This closely reflects the passions of the home owner, who is a mechanic with interests in motorcycles and cars; along with a passion for clocks.

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    These passions led to an interest in a home that could be dismantled; where each peace is understood as a mechanism of the entire project. The architects took this desire to the drawing table, experimenting with seven 20-foot containers and one 40-foot container. The challenge was designing the house to disassemble like the parts of a clock.

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    The original factory paint was removed from each container and the interiors were painted white, or lined with wood paneling. This kept the overall industrial feel, while creating a livable, yet cozy space. Patios and large windows were also designed to allow for natural light and a connection with the surrounding landscape, where ever the home is placed.

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    When hearing that this home was made of shipping containers, we were not expecting this! The re-purposing and use of space created by Flores and Calero creates a home that embraces Ecuador’s natural landscape. The ideas and design behind this home clearly reflect the client’s wants and ways of living.