140.000 € Two Story Shipping Container House, Spain

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ArchitectsJames & Mau
Area190 m2 (2045 ft2)
LocationEl Tiemblo, Spain
Budget140.000 €
Building time6 months
Furniture / DecorationBecara
PhotosPablo Sarabia

This two story shipping container house consists of four 40' High Cube shipping containers assembled in L-shape structure. There are living room, kitchen, bathroom and area for visitors (with a small living room and two bedrooms for guests) on the ground floor and study, bathroom and master bedroom on the second floor.

The location of the site is above an altitude of 1,100 meters, so it is a cold place in winter and ecological biomass heating system is used for heating. The main facade oriented toward the south on the stunning views of the valley and nearby mountain while receiving direct rays of the sun in winter to heat the main exterior facade. Two trees located near southern wall, so sun radiation is gradually absorbed by the vegetation, which creates an outer green skin to protect the house from heat in summer. The organization of doors and windows allows a refreshing natural ventilation. The inner enclosure is made of cellulose fiber insulation from recycled newsprint and cork in some places. The house achieves a 70% (measured by weight) of recycled and reused components. Taps and sanitary equipment have low water consumption.

The construction system operates on a modular design, with some prefab details to reduce transport costs and pollution on site. The modular system suggests the full realization of the house integrating possible rapid and consistent space expansion in case the client needs change over time.

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About James & Mau

JAMES&MAU is an international architecture firm based in Spain and Poland with associated offices in Chile and Colombia.

The company brings together the expertise in several areas such as architecture, construction and real estate development in order to offer a full service support for the development of the projects both for individuals and enterprises.

JAMES&MAU is widely experienced in design, work on-site and building permits, with a strong focus on modular industrialized architecture and shipping container construction, applying bioclimatic and sustainable concepts.


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140.000 € Two Story Shipping Container House, Spain