ContainerLove, a small modern house | LHVH Architekten
“ContainerLove” is a new modern home in a rural area of western Germany, standing out among more traditional gabled farm houses and barns. It was designed by Cologne-based studio LHVH Architekten.
The home was assembled from three modules, each 3 meters wide and with lengths of 7, 9 and 14 meters. Despite the name, the modules do not seem to be shipping containers; they are wider than the standard 8′ intermodal container and are also wider than the 2.55 meter maximum transport width in effect throughout most of Europe. The extra width is useful though. Even with walls that are thick enough for a good blanket of insulation, there is still plenty of room for furniture in the bedrooms. While many people like the idea of upcycling used shipping containers, the space inside them is just a bit too constricted for placing a double bed with sufficient room to walk around it.
The three modules are arranged in an L-shaped floor plan of approximately 90 m2 (969 ft2). The master bedroom and bathroom are at one end, a second bedroom and an open office are at the other end, the living space in the middle, and a wooden terrace at the inside corner of the L. The open office area could quite easily be walled off to form a third bedroom.
The modules were prefabricated over four weeks. It then took just one day to install them on site, hook up the utilities, and make the house move-in ready.
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