Eco-Pak: a new take on container housing – Eco-Pak combines the skills of a British aircraft structural engineer and a U.S. architect in an effort to create a new type of sustainable house made from shipping containers. It differs from conventional container houses, say its creators, by not only being a structure but also a vehicle for all the building's components.
The boxes provide space and strength to the house which is encased in a steel frame. All parts can be transported to site in the containers and erected on site in a matter of hours, say its creators. A three-storey prototype will be completed by spring 2013. One and two storey versions of the house are also planned for use as emergency shelters and affordable housing.
Structural engineer James Green filed a patent for the design in 2008 which was recently granted. Here is a prototype which he is building in Fethiye, Turkey.
Green and Seattle-based architect, Matthew Coates have been working together on the design for around 12 months and hope to sell three-storey versions for around $80-100,000.