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Containers of Hope / Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture

  • 01:00 - 7 July, 2011
Containers of Hope / Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture
Containers of Hope / Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture, © Andres Garcia Lachner
© Andres Garcia Lachner

© Andres Garcia Lachner © Andres Garcia Lachner © Andres Garcia Lachner © Andres Garcia Lachner +16

From the architect. Gabriela Calvo and Marco Peralta dreamed of living in their fantastic property 20 minutes outside of the city of San Jose, Costa Rica; where they could be with their horses and enjoy the natural landscape. They made the very bold choice of exploring with me the possibility of creating a very inexpensive house made out of disregarded shipping containers that allowed them to be dept free and live the life they always dreamed of. It was important for me to provide them with the sunrise, the sunset, the spectacular views, and overall try and create a feeling of comfort and home.

© Andres Garcia Lachner
© Andres Garcia Lachner

A roof between the two containers, made from the scrap pieces of metal taken to make the windows, not only creates an internal sensation of openness but also provides a cross ventilation which is surprisingly sufficient enough to never have to turn the air conditioning on.

© Andres Garcia Lachner
© Andres Garcia Lachner

The final cost of the house (40,000USD) is lower than the cost of social housing provided for the poor in Costa Rica. Perhaps this project begins to expose the importance of design as a tool to provide beauty and comfort with a very low budget in the 21st century, whilst using creativity to not only redefine a scrap material such a disused shipping container, but perhaps to even show that there are viable, low cost, passive alternatives of temperature control to adapt to a very intense tropical climate.

drawing 02
drawing 02

Already this proposal has began to spark a great deal of interest and could become one alternative to solve the issue of disposing of disregarded shipping containers in developing countries, as well as begin to solve the large gap which first time buyers encounter when purchasing a home.

Cite: "Containers of Hope / Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture" 07 Jul 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/143332/containers-of-hope-benjamin-garcia-saxe-architecture/>
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84 Comments

Luka · April 08, 2012

40,0000.00 Usd ! o lo que es similar a 20 millones , barato no es !, el calor en ese espacio reducido debe ser insoportable, no me gusta ni la forma ni como se ve ni nada , es un bunker, feo con ganas, con ese dinero mejor se compra cualquier lote en cualquier provincia alejada del area metropolitana y se hace una bonita y tradicional casa , sin irse a los extremos

Centor4 · November 18, 2011

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Bucki Rogers · August 27, 2011

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Nikola Strezovski · August 26, 2011
Oscar Gonzalez · July 26, 2011

Very nice I love the whole concept but I think this was more about the place than a house

Gaby · July 26, 2011

Ésto es creatividad http://t.co/IGbLubf #containersofhope

ChickyTL · July 23, 2011
Dennis · July 16, 2011

Hi, nice work, but yo say its 100 sqm? I see 2 containers that are about 2,5m x 12m = 30m2 * 2 = 60m2 + (1,5m * 12m)= 78m2 ? where are the other 22m2.- If that is so, your project cost 512 sqm?

Michael Emjay Johnson · October 19, 2014 07:10 PM

The narrow corridor between the 2 containers should account for the balance of 22sqm.

Odrade Saenz · July 16, 2011

La maison du 4e petit cochon ... en containers recyclés ...
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redtype · July 13, 2011

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James Ballard · July 12, 2011

Recycling Badassery : Fun With Shipping Containers : http://t.co/icCNaxI

Jennifer Henderson · July 11, 2011

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jw_molina · July 11, 2011

Muy bueno. Nos puedes explicar como realizaron la aislación térmica.

Juan Walter Molina · July 27, 2011 01:06 AM

material that was used for thermal insulation.

Martha Downs · July 11, 2011

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Nicholas Patten · July 09, 2011

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David Kenton · July 09, 2011

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The Outpost · July 09, 2011

This is extremely cool. “@mapmap: i want one! http://t.co/0d0bWGT”

Brian B. · July 09, 2011

Less than social housing, but you probably didn't have to pony up the payola, pocket lining, and bureaucracy that the public housing infrastructure does.

Still, I like it. A brand-new shipping container can't be cheap, and I don't imagine that there are a bunch of unused containers lying around. Kinda like biodiesel, when no one knew and fuel was cheap it was a great idea, but finding free used cooking oil is probably not that easy these days!

Señor Frio · July 09, 2011

i want one! http://t.co/MJT0VwT

m fischer · July 09, 2011

i want one! http://t.co/MJT0VwT

Shane Boulos · July 08, 2011

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Shipping Containers · July 08, 2011

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levihenry · July 08, 2011

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Hire Containers · July 08, 2011

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youngday · July 08, 2011

beautiful home designed and built around old storage containers - and built for only $40,000 to boot! http://t.co/bDNc2B2

Ji?í Jánský · July 08, 2011

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Myles Martin · July 08, 2011

#passive alternative of temp control created in well designed resused shipping #container #architecture http://t.co/oIIlg4E for 40k

Mikey H · July 08, 2011

shipping containers are our Eco/MadMax future, with a splash of modernism http://bit.ly/qTd8N0

Supernatural Fan · July 08, 2011

This is an awesome example of #greenliving and #reuse http://t.co/aROuB6g It makes me want to find two containers

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Giovanni Mostert · July 08, 2011

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christian gautier · July 08, 2011

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Mark Simpkins · July 08, 2011

cool shipping container house http://www.archdaily.com/14333...

Val Mores · July 08, 2011

40k? wow, u can build a nice house in the philippine with a nice floor plan

eM · July 08, 2011

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Containerliving · July 08, 2011

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linetrio · July 08, 2011

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Chris Lee · July 08, 2011
Marivic Valencia · July 08, 2011

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thomas foral · July 08, 2011

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Nathan Van Driel · July 08, 2011

I&#39ve been inspired to live in a reclaimed shipping container. I&#39m not crazy, look how rad they are. http://t.co/YDatsg9 #yeg #design

bryan allott · July 08, 2011

http://t.co/3jtRkSL a very stylish low-cost housing solution

Christian Eberle · July 08, 2011

Spectacular design: http://t.co/QjUIEMs

#trash can be #beautiful

John Vanhara · July 08, 2011

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Van Ram · July 08, 2011

40000 it doesnt cheap, anyway whatever you want or believe. Could be cheap in Dubai. But not for Latinamerica.

LUIS DIAZ · July 08, 2011

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Sean · July 08, 2011

hmm, I still think the AbleNook idea is better, but I may be slightly biased...

Marcos Barjola · July 08, 2011

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Rodolfo Franco · July 08, 2011

jajajajaja se parece mucho a un proyecto que puse en marcha hace como 2 años... pero tiene su toque personal muy interesante... muy buen proyecto!!! :D

Edith Vargas · April 06, 2013 11:19 PM

estimado senor estoy haciendo una busqueda de casas container en Costa Rica, pero de bajo presupuesto, todo lo que he encontrado es para la clase media alta o alta. Usted indica que tuvo un proyecto similar, sera que todavia tiene el proyecto y es accesible para gente con bajos ingresos? gracias,

Simone Ressler · July 08, 2011

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Chris · July 08, 2011

40k translates to 40 bucks a square foot - that's far below dirt cheap here in the states and would seem about right for CR.

Nicely finished, looks very livable. Kinda wondering why the windows are oriented to let in western light? Hmm

Erik Joya · July 08, 2011

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Jorge Gomez Triana · July 08, 2011

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iRIO · July 08, 2011

40,000USD!? just for a couple rusty high cubes.. and you call it cheap construction.. ha-ha

iRIO · July 08, 2011 02:01 AM

nice project anyway

Patryn Hyeronimus · July 08, 2011

great idea to change low cost concept into a design one .

love it.

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