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Shipping Container Home – a New Mobile House Concept [GIF]
One man’s inspiration found in trash resulted in one of the most interesting projects in the field of architectural design – houses made inside of shipping crates.
Forget about trailer parks – the way things are going with these mobile homes, we’ll be having storage parks! Architect and artist Adam Kalkin has an out-of-the-box approach to traditional forms and loves seeking inspiration all around him, which is how he got the idea for Quik House. Walking around his hometown in New Jersey, he saw a stack of abandoned old shipping containers and thought how they would make great homes. The idea was born and several months later Kalkin introduced his Quik House project to the world.
Every house is made inside of a shipping container, with a strong hydraulic system that transforms the crate into a fully functional home in only 90 seconds. Just like in one of those interactive 3D children books, walls rotate and furniture pops out, creating a neatly decorated living space with a living room and a bedroom. Kalkin wanted to take something rough, rusty and seemingly non-functional and turn it into the exact opposite – a warm, chilling-by-the-fireplace atmosphere of a traditional home. Tough on the outside and welcoming on the inside, his push button house is a huge success.
Not only does the idea of having a pret-a-porter house sound appealing but it’s pretty affordable, too. The total building costs for one of these crate homes are nearly as twice as low compared to a regular house, which is why Kalkin’s project could be sustainable in the future.