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Cordell House Shipping Container Architecture

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Developers Katie Nichols and John Walker have focused their careers on creating affordable, sustainable, design-intensive homes for creative, urban people.  To achieve that goal, the duo tapped into an inexhaustible resource in the port city of Houston, Texas– shipping containers.  In a partnership with architect Christopher Robertson, Nichols and Walker created the Cordell House shipping container home a few miles north of the city.

The Cordell House is built upon a framework of four individual shipping containers– three 40′ units and one 20′ unit.  The large units house the bedrooms and living rooms of the home, while the 20′ unit is dedicated as a kitchen.  These pieces were fused on a 5,000 square foot lot, taking up 1,858 square feet for the living space itself.  This complex also features a guest house separated by an 800 square foot breezeway patio (shown below).  Altogether, the Cordell House is sustainable in material, progressive in design and vibrant as a habitat.  We hope that the duo at Numen Development see much more business in this direction in the very near future. [numen development via dwell, photos by jack thompson]

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  • magnacare

    Love this design, but I do not see the price to build it. Also can the design be changed a bit?

  • imtheone

    More like a proper home. I look it that way than a container. http://www.azteccontainer.com/