Wednesday, September 24, 2008

A house that's easy to move

McCarthy, 30, and three partners, Pablo Nava, 22; Kyle Annen, 23; and Mackenzie Bishop, 22, have made a prototype out of a standard shipping container that hauls goods worldwide — a 320-square-foot home with a kitchen, bath with toilet, sleeping areas, windows and a bright blue door. The exterior is painted with a white epoxy coating that has light-reflecting properties to prevent the sun's heat from penetrating.

Each small house includes hookups for air conditioning, ventilation, electrical and water systems — and the units ideally could be set up in small communities to make accessing utilities more efficient.

Young firm wants your new home to be a shipping container

The answer to how we can fit a million more people in the city by 2030. How long before these are in Corona somewhere?


Frank Lloyd Crap said...

I'm working on a development right now which will stack hundreds of these, just like they do on the deck of a cargo ship. Human warehousing at its finest.

I was hoping to build this project on the St. Savious' site. Does anyone have the phone number of the Parkside Group?

Anonymous said...

hey frank, you just gave me a great idea, we could actually stack these on the deck of a ship and house illegals there. Then, in the middle of the night we can just set sail for south america.

Anonymous said...

At first I was like "Wow, that's tiny"

Then I realized my 1br apartment is only 300 sq feet.


Anonymous said...

When can I move in?

Anonymous said...

What the hell are you people bitching about? It's beautiful. All it needs is a flowerpot in the front. You're all just so jealous of the genius behind this sort of architecture.

Anonymous said...

Folks get serious! The people that would be happy to live in one of those (and there is at least a billion out there) are the people that you are competing against for housing.

Unless you are wealthy, this is the housing of the future.

Zero population growth!

Anonymous said...

Where is the Bricklayer and Callous Carolyn?

We need this in Astoria.

Anonymous said...

25 years from now Peg Breem will come out to Queens and give a speach that it should be landmarked.

Anonymous said...

They have these in Puerto Rico, St.Croix and Trinidad in the poor areas. Clothesline goats and chickens is standard.

In St.Croix (what a crime ridden craphole outside the tourest area)
People live in airplane these fuselage's
(leftover wreck parts from Hugo)
I wonder what Bloomberg is thinking about all those Boing 747s being retired

Anonymous said...

Coming soon to your NYC favela.....excuse me......neighborhood!!!

Shipping container housing!!!!

No need to worry about those trite, superficial, yuppie concerns such as Landmark Preservation!!!!

Because there won't be any more landmarks!!!

Everyone will live in their very own shipping container home!!!!

And, if you get bored late at night, just put your ear next to the cardboard thin walls!!! You can hear the sounds of your next door neighbor undocumented guest workers engaged in the act of love making!!!! How's that for high brow entertainment!!!!

Act now!!! Units are going fast!!!

Send $999 to K-Tell today for your very own Shipping Container Home!!!!

Anonymous said...

I could enjoy living in a tiny house if it was very nice and contructed of fine materials. This is just, as others have said, the same as slum housing the world over under a different name. Yes, a person could live in one, I suppose, but why?

Anonymous said...

Dont let the vulture brokers see these large studio condos.Rich do nothing real estate shufflers always make me feel so small with their flat screens,mini SUVs, and big wallets, so I can fit in these anyways.
Neuvo classic americana for the tiny tims of the income bracket, soon to be many of us.

Jeff with one 'f' said...

How long before it's covered in stucco?

Anonymous said...

With the US economy crumbling
(it hasn't reached its crest yet)
and the specter of a Bush 3rd term
looming on the horizon,
we might all find ourselves
living in one of these!

Form does follow function
as demonstrated by the style of these sleek efficient looking
Recession Rooms!

It beats a tar paper shanty.

While I've still got some cash on hand I'm going to run out and buy 7 of these units so I can keep up with the Mc Cains.

John owns 7 homes.
I'm not gonna let him outdo me!

Or I could link 'em up and have myself a super avant guard looking Mc Mansion!

Do you think that the LPC will designate one of these 25 years from now?

Anonymous said...

Better than what
Bobby "the hairpiece" Scarano
has been littering
our New York neighborhoods with!

It's certainly would not be out of scale in an R1-2 zone.

faster340 said...

Wow that's the saddest looking POS I have seen! But you know what, even though they painted it up pretty and put curtains on it, it's still a turd! And like they say, a polished turd is still a turd!

Anonymous said...

I'mma wanna put a second floor
onna my house.

Do I need an alteration permit to stack one on top of the other?

Anonymous said...

It might very well become a viable urban solution to a little sod house on the prairie if Wall Street continues to resemble Fall Street!

Do some research.
Read "The Beautiful Bronx"
(a Bronx Historical Society book).

Shortly after the end of WWII,
long dome roofed corrugated steel Quonset huts (pictured in that book) were set up along the south side of (it was then called) Bruckner Blv'd. just west of Sound View Ave. to ease the housing shortage for returning veterans!

I remember seeing them as a very young child!