Five shipping containers are the primary components of the Kansas City home of industrial designer Debbie Glassberg.
The 40-feet-long by 8-feet-wide containers are either 9.5 or 12 feet tall (most containers are only 8 to 10 feet tall), giving the 2,600-square-foot residence a more expansive feel. Several decks, light-colored finishes, and large expanses of glass add to the airy atmosphere. Two bedrooms and one full bathroom sit upstairs; the kitchen, living area, small guest bedroom (where the pink-ish wall can be seen above), two full bathrooms, and an office are located on the ground level.
Glassberg (a former Mattel employee whose background includes dollhouse design) designed the home via her current firm, Home Contained, in association with BNIM Architects; she has occupied the residence since 2010.
Various post-completion photos, including several showing the project’s exterior, are posted here. Video here, filmed during construction in 2009.
Lovely results, no?
I love the idea of an open space for your home or work place.
I recently did a trial membership to a local gym by my home “24 Hour Fitness”. It may be funny to compare the architecture of a gym to my idea for a home but I love the way that they laid out the spaces of this gym. Everything looks onto everything else whether it be another level, glass, or partitions. The cardio area are in tiers (this gym was refurnished from a movie theater complex) and they over look the basketball court. The weight area is an open area behind a partition containing the reception area. From that area you can see the dance studio, spinning room, pool, and squash courts.
It makes the whole place look so big! Yes, it is a giant gym to begin with but the space opens up even more that there aren’t a lot of hallways and opaque walls.