What is it about shipping containers? From innovative downsizers, to grand designers, the humble shipping container has become a popular, unique choice of material to fashion remarkable properties.
Last year we saw this stunning Brisbane property made of 31 shipping containers wide eyes and make headlines. Now a design competition has invited architects to create a vacation home created entirely from shipping containers – and the winner is another stunner.
Czech architect Ales Javurek won the AC-CA (Architectural Competition – Concours d’Architecture) with his plans for a stunning and sustainable holiday home overlooking Sydney’s Bondi Beach made out of steel shipping containers and wood panels.
The two-storey home draws on and complements the natural surrounds of Bondi. It features an open concept living space on the entrance level, bedrooms on the upper floor and a roof garden (which also acts as insulation). Wooden slabs are used to define spaces and create zoning throughout the home, while wooden pergolas protect from solar exposure. The design makes use of natural ventilation and light to regulate internal temperature, while glazing adds an additional layer of sustainable support.
“I believe that internal connection between spaces and users’ circulation is absolutely essential. That is why I provided clear, straight connections between platforms with barrier-free entrance and corridors which are orthogonal to the main axis,” explained Javurek.
Shipping containers are appealing not just because of their distinctive design aesthetic, but their stackability, which can mean quick and efficient construction.