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Saturday 4/5 Edition: Hang Your Hat - Modern Home Built from 31 Shipping Containers

Beautiful Modern Home Built From 31 Shipping Containers

Todd Miller of the architecture firm ZeilgerBuild designed this three storey, 6,000 square-foot home built from 31 shipping containers complete with an outdoor saltwater pool. Both the interior and exterior are a nod to the industrial nature of the building’s materials.

The facade features a combination of corrugated steel walls and street art. Graffiti spans nearly the whole side of the house, like something you’d see on a container if it were docked at a port. Here, it’s a planned detail, and this aesthetic is carried into the decor of the home. The family room displays graffiti work on a large canvas as it lives among a leather couch and antique sewing table. A long hallway spans the width of the building, and galvanized pipes sit opposite to the contemporary art that’s on the wall.

Miller does a great job of balancing the home’s cool-feeling industrial elements with warm and comforting woods. The white and gray steel is offset by a harmony of brown hues that are flooded with natural light. He employs different textures throughout the space that complement both the metal and wood, adding another level of visual complexity. Considering that shipping containers value function above all, it’s incredible to see their transformation into a luxury home.


The front entry presents a reserved profile with visual interest being created by the textures of the containers as well as the additional wood detailing.


Stunning graffiti art creates a dynamic fa├žade on the side of the home that blends harmoniously with the street chic elements of the shipping container aesthetic.


The colours within the graffiti art are pulled from the deck rails above and pool just around the corner.


The saltwater pool performs double duty by offering a place to swim and also by cooling the air before it enters the home. While this side of the home does not feature any graffiti art, the interior zone does.


The family room adjacent to the pool features a large canvas of contemporary graffiti, creating an immediate connection to the art on the outside of the building. Even the colours within the canvas are similar to those used on the building art.


Just outside the family room a long hall spans the width of the home, connecting the side yard with the entry and the flight of stairs in the foyer that leads to the living, kitchen and dining areas as well as 3 bedrooms, a study and a washroom.


The combination of the galvanized pipes and corrugated steel walls create a unique industrial statement that creatively balances the wall of art. Additionally the repeat pattern within the ceiling of the wood cladding softens the overall scheme and creates a connectivity to the view beyond the door.

The stairs lead up to the social zone on the left and the private zones on the right.


While the lower level featured an industrial aesthetic within the shipping container surrounds, this second level offers a richer, warmer visual created with the deeper hued walls and while the walls are a very deep shade, the large expanses of glazing keeps the rooms light and bright.


The post and beam architectural details belie the container construction and the voids created by these details allows for double volume heights and large open plan living.


The white of the kitchen cabinets pop against their charcoal backsplash while the large hand pulls on the cabinetry play off of the shadow lines within the container surround.


Right next to the kitchen is the dining area, set within its own container that has most of its sides removed, the container texture on the ceiling is reminiscent of board and batten.


A hallway divides the social zone from the bedrooms and office while a stairway at the end of the hall leads to the Master Suite. The glitz of the lighting in the hallway is a fun contrast to the industrial surround.


Its amazing how many different textures have been used within this awesome home.


The bedroom zone of the Master Suite is huge and features a large walkin closet behind the headboard wall.


The private ensuite showcases an amazing wall mural that continues into the tub surround – absolutely incredible.

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