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Nederland, Colorado – Studio HT

Built Area:     1,500 sq. ft. (139 m2)
Year Built:     2010
Photography: Braden Gunem

How much space do we really need to live?  How often do we discuss ‘needs vs wants’?  This project questions the need for excessive space and instead challenges occupants to be efficient. Designed and built to offer sustainable living, the project is planned to be off-the-grid using solar orientation, passive cooling, green roofs, pellet stove heating and solar power.

Shipping Container House - Studio HT
Shipping Container House – Studio HT

Two shipping containers saddlebag a taller common space that connects local rock outcroppings to the expansive mountain ridge views. The containers house sleeping and work functions while the centre area houses the entry, dining and living spaces. There is also a loft above this central space with a deck extension inviting the occupants to roll their platform bed out-doors blending the definition between internal and exterior living.

Studio HT is actively perusing the options of container and modular prefab housing:

“Our practice, while fundamentally concerned with issues of space, light, and texture, is underpinned by an exploration of “how to build.” Construction technology is hundreds of years old, and while other industries have rapidly adopted new fabrication technologies, the fields of architecture and construction have been averse to exploring similar possibilities. In our own small rebellion, we have explored modular prefabrication with shipping containers and wood-frame boxes, panelized prefabrication with sips and German eco-panels, and are currently reviewing opportunities to utilize cross laminated timber panels in multi-family construction. Our explorations have materialized into actual built works rather than mere theoretical musings, and with the variety of lessons learned, we continue to research the opportunities inherent in new construction technology.”

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