Suburban New Jersey may seem an unlikely place for shipping containers, yet architect Adam Kalkin has designed and built a cargotecture home that looks surprisingly compatible with its leafy surroundings.
Completed in 2008, the 4,000-square-foot home was constructed from nine 40-foot-long shipping containers that were split into two wings and connected by a large bluestone courtyard, as well as an exterior steel-and-wood bridge on the second floor.
Adam originally designed the four-bedroom, three-bath property as a demonstration project for his "Quik House" initiative—prefab kit homes built from upcycled shipping containers.
To take advantage of the privacy afforded by the three-acre site, Adam inserted walls of glass into the containers that let in ample natural light and views. Multiple skylights also bathe the interior with light from above.
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Welded together with Corten steel beams, each wing measures three shipping containers wide by two shipping containers tall.
The West Wing houses the primary living spaces on the ground floor, with three bedrooms and two baths stacked atop.
The East Wing is currently programmed for media and entertaining, and also includes two offices, one of which can be converted into a bedroom.
An industrial modern aesthetic has been applied throughout as noted by the corrugated steel facade, concrete floors, and exposed beams. Timber materials, however, such as mahogany framing and fir floors, help soften the overall look of the home.
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