Containers of Hope

Overview

Created on an incredibly small budget, this house made of two shipping containers allowed the Peralta family to fulfill their dream of living outside of San Jose, enjoying the natural landscape and being close to their horses. The Containers of Hope project was an experiment for both client and architect but it paid off and has become an internationally-renowned example of the creative beautiful design using shipping containers. 

Concept

The containers are staggered and offer dual aspect views, meaning that the owners can enjoy the sun rise and sunset. A roof between the two sections of the home is made from the scrap pieces of metal taken to make the windows; this not only creates an internal sensation of openness but also provides a cross ventilation which negates the need for air conditioning. The adventurous spirit of this project means that the owners are able to live debt-free in a beautiful landscape.

Design

Project Data

Location
San Jose, Costa Rica
Area
Aprox. 100m2
Client
Peralta Family
Date of Completion
2011

Project Team

Architecture Team
Studio Saxe
Design Director
Benjamin Garcia Saxe
Project Architect
Benjamin Garcia Saxe
Project Coordinator
Benjamin Garcia Saxe
Builder
Self Built

Publications

2011
2011