Containers of Hope

Sep 18, 2017

Gabriela Calvo and Marco Peralta dreamed of living in their fantastic property 20 minutes outside of the city of San Jose, Costa Rica; where they could be with their horses and enjoy the natural landscape. They made the very bold choice of exploring with me the possibility of creating a very inexpensive house made out of disregarded shipping containers that allowed them to be dept free and live the life they always dreamed of.

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It was important for the designer was to provide the clients with the sunrise, the sunset, the spectacular views, and overall try and create a feeling of comfort and home. A roof between the two containers, made from the scrap pieces of metal taken to make the windows, not only creates an internal sensation of openness but also provides a cross ventilation which is surprisingly sufficient enough to never have to turn the air conditioning on. 

 

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The final cost of the 100 sq ft house (40,000USD) is lower than the cost of social housing provided for the poor in Costa Rica. Perhaps this project begins to expose the importance of design as a tool to provide beauty and comfort with a very low budget in the 21st century, whilst using creativity to not only redefine a scrap material such a disused shipping container, but perhaps to even show that there are viable, low-cost, passive alternatives of temperature control to adapt to a very intense tropical climate. 

 

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Already this proposal has begun to spark a great deal of interest and could become one alternative to solve the issue of disposing of disregarded shipping containers in developing countries, as well as begin to solve the large gap which first-time buyers encounter when purchasing a home. The house was designed by Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture and constructed by the clients itself, that is, Marco Peralta and Gabriela Calvo.

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Photography Credits: Andres Garcia Lachner