Janice P. Warren House December 29th 2018, 07:34:13
Near California’s Joshua Tree stand a hybrid house dubbed as The Tim Palen Studio at Shadow Mountain. This hybrid house is the first shipping container house to ever be built in the Mojave Desert. Built by the Ecotech Design, the house is the second generation prototype of the sustainable design of a residence/workplace building constructed by the Ecotech Build, which is the design/build subsidiary of Ecotech Design and collaborator in the building of the house.
With six containers and components from pre-engineered steel used in the making, the hybrid house was turned to be a 2,300 square foot building housing one bedroom and one and a half bathroom. The architects stated that the house, with the foundation included, cost approximately $200 per square foot. The efficiency of a Prius engineering concept was used as the base design of the house resulting in a house (building) with cost savings and maximized efficiency while still offering flexibility and variation in the architectural design.
Among the features that are offered by the hybrid, house is the hybrid technology, obviously, all steel constructions, solar home shading system, living roof, water conservation, and massively reduced costs. The “kit-like” house is for homeowners who seek more than what the first generation has to offer. As Walter Scott Perry, architect and principal of Ecotech Design put it, combining high efficiency with mass-produced construction methods allowed the architects to develop sustainable and low-cost housing system which can be transported and erected quickly anywhere on earth.
The hybrid house is built from cargo containers and steel building components that are pre-engineered allowing it to be built and combined on site in less than an hour as often happens. While the typical house in San Bernardino County usually takes up to three months undergoing entitlement and permitting, contractor Eric Engheben stated that the hybrid house required only one week. Check out our photo collection below to see this amazing sustainable architectural innovation.