In these rough economic times, we are always looking for ways to renovate and innovate while remaining on a budget. This was the thought process behind Benjamin Garcia Saxe’s recently completed Containers Of Hope project.
Proving that design can still be done on a budget, this San Jose, Costa Rica based residence was constructed using only two 40 feet used shipping containers, and a rather modest $40,000 budget. As we previously mentioned the dwelling consists of two used shipping containers raised off the ground spanning a cozy 1,000 square feet. A note from the Saxe can be found below revealing the true objective behind this amazing project.
” It was important for me to provide them with the sunrise, the sunset, the spectacular views, and overall try and create a feeling of comfort and home. A roof between the two containers, made from the scrap pieces of metal taken to make the windows, not only creates an internal sensation of openness but also provides a cross ventilation which is surprisingly sufficient enough to never have to turn the air conditioning on.
The final cost of the house ($40,000) is lower than the cost of social housing provided for the poor in Costa Rica. Perhaps this project begins to expose the importance of design as a tool to provide beauty and comfort with a very low budget in the 21st century, whilst using creativity to not only redefine a scrap material such a disused shipping container, but perhaps to even show that there are viable, low cost, passive alternatives of temperature control to adapt to a very intense tropical climate.”
Photography by Andres Garcia Lachner