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Shipping containers turned into green-roofed weekend retreat

Shipping containers turned int...
House 28 comprises three 20 ft (6.1 m)-long containers clad in galvanized steel
House 28 comprises three 20 ft (6.1 m)-long containers clad in galvanized steel
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Studio Edwards offers an interesting take on the shipping container house with this project, named House 28
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Studio Edwards offers an interesting take on the shipping container house with this project, named House 28
House 28 is clad in galvanized steel sheeting
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House 28 is clad in galvanized steel sheeting
House 28 comprises three 20 ft (6.1 m)-long containers clad in galvanized steel
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House 28 comprises three 20 ft (6.1 m)-long containers clad in galvanized steel
House 28 juts off the edge of the hillside on supports
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House 28 juts off the edge of the hillside on supports
House 28's shipping containers are covered in external insulation, which is in turn covered in galvanized steel
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House 28's shipping containers are covered in external insulation, which is in turn covered in galvanized steel
House 28 is made from three shipping containers
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House 28 is made from three shipping containers
House 28 features a small deck area
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House 28 features a small deck area
House 28's northern face has fixings for planting wires to encourage native plants to grow over the home
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House 28's northern face has fixings for planting wires to encourage native plants to grow over the home
House 28 is topped by a green roof
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House 28 is topped by a green roof
House 28's interior is simply furnished in marine-grade ply
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House 28's interior is simply furnished in marine-grade ply
The interior is very utilitarian 
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The interior is very utilitarian 
House 28 is kept warm by a wood-burning stove
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House 28 is kept warm by a wood-burning stove
House 28's plywood furniture includes a kitchen area and two toilets
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House 28's plywood furniture includes a kitchen area and two toilets
House 28 is used as a vacation home
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House 28 is used as a vacation home
View towards House 28's kitchen area
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View towards House 28's kitchen area
One of House 28's two bedrooms
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One of House 28's two bedrooms
One of House 28's two bedrooms
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One of House 28's two bedrooms
This bedroom opens to the deck area outside
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This bedroom opens to the deck area outside
House 28's interior is simply furnished in marine-grade ply
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House 28's interior is simply furnished in marine-grade ply
One of House 28's two bedrooms
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One of House 28's two bedrooms
House 28's deck area
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House 28's deck area
Studio Edwards offers an interesting take on the shipping container house with this project, named House 28
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Studio Edwards offers an interesting take on the shipping container house with this project, named House 28
House 28 is clad in galvanized steel sheeting
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House 28 is clad in galvanized steel sheeting
House 28 comprises three 20 ft (6.1 m)-long containers clad in galvanized steel
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House 28 comprises three 20 ft (6.1 m)-long containers clad in galvanized steel
House 28 juts off the edge of the hillside on supports
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House 28 juts off the edge of the hillside on supports
House 28's shipping containers are covered in external insulation, which is in turn covered in galvanized steel
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House 28's shipping containers are covered in external insulation, which is in turn covered in galvanized steel
House 28 is made from three shipping containers
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House 28 is made from three shipping containers
House 28 features a small deck area
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House 28 features a small deck area
House 28's northern face has fixings for planting wires to encourage native plants to grow over the home
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House 28's northern face has fixings for planting wires to encourage native plants to grow over the home
House 28 is topped by a green roof
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House 28 is topped by a green roof
House 28's interior is simply furnished in marine-grade ply
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House 28's interior is simply furnished in marine-grade ply
The interior is very utilitarian 
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The interior is very utilitarian 
House 28 is kept warm by a wood-burning stove
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House 28 is kept warm by a wood-burning stove
House 28's plywood furniture includes a kitchen area and two toilets
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House 28's plywood furniture includes a kitchen area and two toilets
House 28 is used as a vacation home
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House 28 is used as a vacation home
View towards House 28's kitchen area
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View towards House 28's kitchen area
One of House 28's two bedrooms
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One of House 28's two bedrooms
One of House 28's two bedrooms
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One of House 28's two bedrooms
This bedroom opens to the deck area outside
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This bedroom opens to the deck area outside
House 28's interior is simply furnished in marine-grade ply
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House 28's interior is simply furnished in marine-grade ply
One of House 28's two bedrooms
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One of House 28's two bedrooms
House 28's deck area
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House 28's deck area

Studio Edwards recently completed an interesting take on the shipping container house with this project in Wye River, Victoria. Dubbed House 28, the home is used as a weekend retreat and features a green roof and rainwater collection system.

The Melbourne, Australia-based firm's House 28 comprises three 20 ft (6.1 m)-long shipping containers connected together. The exterior is covered in insulation and clad in galvanized steel sheeting, lending it a distinctive appearance.

The home juts out from a hillside on steel stilts and its northern-facing facade has fixings attached for plants to grow. The idea is to encourage native vegetation to grow over the exterior of the home and partly cover it in greenery. Additionally, a green roof with local plants has been installed.

Inside, the containers are finished in marine-grade plywood. The look is simple and utilitarian, which isn't a bad fit for a container house. A pair of joined containers serve as the main living space, which includes a couch, toilet, laundry room, and entry area. A small kitchenette contains an oven, cooktop, washing machine, kitchen sink, and fridge, while heat comes from a wood-burning stove.

House 28 is used as a vacation home
House 28 is used as a vacation home

The third container is home to two bedrooms, both opening onto a deck area. They share access to a second bathroom with toilet and shower, too.

House 28 gets drinking water from a rainwater collection and filtration system, while water for irrigation comes from a septic tank and treatment system buried underground. The firm told us that it did consider adding solar panels for electricity too, but went for a grid-based electricity hookup as it's more affordable.

Source: Studio Edwards

3 comments
Martin Hone
I assume that this was built to a tight budget, and looks like plenty of work to be done, at least outside, so how much did it cost ? Also, the 'wood burning stove' is actually a slow-combustion wood heater.
Erwinecosmart
Still don't get it...These shipping container homes... You buy a metal box, then you cut it up to fit windows, doors, electrical and plumbing then insulation? And then interior finishes and exterior finishes... A SIP panel home made of concrete and foam is faster faster faster...
Lisa4Insofast
Containers are ideal for shelters, low income housing crisis and are all the rage when it comes to the tiny living move! Recycling containers is a responsible way to respect the plant and people.