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Benjamin Garcia Saxe unwraps shipping containers house

[First look + plans] London-based Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture has completed this £24,500, 100m² home in Costa Rica, built from two shipping containers

The scheme features glass and aluminium doors and windows, wood flooring and plasterboard partitions.

A statement from the practice said: ‘This proposal has already begun to spark a great deal of interest and could become one alternative to solve the issue of disposing of disregarded shipping containers in developing countries. It could also fill the large gap which first time buyers encounter when purchasing a home.’

The studio’s bamboo home in Costa Rican rainforest won last year’s best house award at the World Architecture Festival.

Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture's shipping container home near San Jose, Costa Rica

Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture’s shipping container home near San Jose, Costa Rica

Readers' comments (2)


    wow looks great, how much in the UK?

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  • yes I love it, what would it be in the UK?

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  • The architect says:

    "I have been getting that same question quite a bit... specially from people in the USA. I believe that the cost of materials is around 20-25% more expensive over here in the UK as compared to Costa Rica (disused shipping containers could even be the same most people just want to get rid of them)...If people do the work themselves then manual labour is not a point of comparison.

    "Overall I think the house could cost around 20-25% more here than in CR if people do the work themselves (that is, using the more inexpensive kitchen, bathrooms, fixings, fixtures, the market)."

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