Thursday, December 27, 2007

haute haus l.a.: sea train house: design mobile prefab shipping containers

The Sea Train House by Jennifer Siegal's design firm Design Mobile is an amazing example of how you can change the natural environment. The home built in downtown Los Angeles, is 3,000 sf on a 300 loft live-work artist community by the Brewery. Storage containers and steel found on-site in downtown LA were used in the construction and a private garden oasis with grain trailers transformed into Koi fishpond and lap pool. (The Design Mobile site cannot be missed-great aerial photo). The storage containers are used to create and separate the dwelling spaces within the house. Each storage container has its own individual function, one is the entertainment and library area, another is a dining room and office space over looking the garden below, another serves as the bathroom and laundry room and yet another is the master bedroom.

Design Mobile offers two simple modular homes assembled at the factory. Buyers can choose from 10 floor plans and two sizes, depending on their needs and budget; a 12-foot-by-40-foot unit costs $79,000, and a 12-foot-by-60-foot unit goes for $125,000. The Swellhouse, on the other hand, is a customizable residence made up of panelized walls on a steel frame—components are shipped and assembled on site. It costs about $180 to $200 per square foot to build the Swellhouse in the L.A. area, but costs vary depending on the location and the client's choice of materials.

Photo by Undine Prohl

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