Residential : Special Construction

Green Container House – Scheme 2

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This version of a small Vacation House on a large wooded lot near Pagosa Springs, Colorado is created from a grouping of four 20 foot Storage Containers. The Containers are oriented toward the views of two Rocky Mountain Peaks that dominate the view to the north of the property.

Two central containers are connected to form the Main Living area of the Project which includes Living, Eating and Meal Preparation functions. Two additional containers straddle the Main Living grouping, one to the northwest and the other to the southeast. Each of these containers serve as Sleeping Pods and include a Bathroom and Closet. The Sleeping Pods have been shifted along the view axis towards the peaks and together with the Living Pod and a generous raised wooden Deck form a protected courtyard oriented toward the view.

The Interiors are minimally appointed and decidedly rustic to celebrate the natural setting and promote a camp-like experience for its inhabitants. Efficiency and Sustainability were paramount factors in the design. The two bedroom project has an area of 640 square feet and features a pre-fabricated compact kitchen unit. Half of the Roof is equipped with photo-voltaic panels which provide supplemental power for the Project while the other half features a “Extensive” Green Roof with Native Grasses that help insulate the Project. In addition, wall mounted heat-pump units help enhance the passive heating and cooling characteristics of the project.

Design was completed in 2011.

All contents © 2012 George Daniel Wittman / architects, pllc