The BoxHaus architectural design is ecologically smart. The US imports more of the containers than it exports, so the abundant supply of these insulated and waterproofed mega-Lego building blocks, structurally sound and relatively inexpensive, have attracted attention here at home as well as in Europe and Japan for the development of creative permanent and portable Award-winning architectural projects. These include live-work housing, hotels, artists’ studios, residences, vacation homes, showrooms, emergency shelters, prefabricated home kits, rooftops dwellings, container cities.
Anywhere where there’s a need for additional space, the cargo container adds a great potential and immediateness. They can be modified in about any imaginable configuration. The military has used containers for portable or emergency shelters and offices and there are many varieties to choose from. Some have parts that telescope out, parts within parts that can be easily transported and when set in place expand to new space configurations. The box is made of heavy duty steel tubing, corrugated corten steel and marine-grade wood for flooring. They don’t need to be placed on a foundation, but concrete or even wood footings are a good idea. They are water and air tight and are designed to withstand harsh conditions as well as serious weight loads as they generally stack many rows on cargo ships. The containers can be welded together or attached by bolts. Bolting them preserves the “portability” aspect that is very attractive as they can actually be moved and placed somewhere else.