Check Out This Brooklyn Townhouse Made From Shipping Containers


On a corner in Williamsburg, you’ll spot a unique house: A townhome built from the ground up using 21 shipping containers that were sliced to give the dwelling its unique shape. The project has been in the works for three years, but now we get our first look inside the quirky space.

Dezeen shared images of the place last week and chatted with the design studio, LOT-EK, about the opportunities and challenges of the project.

Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano, experts in using the industrial vessels, were asked by a family of four (plus two cats) to design and build the home—called Carroll House—on a vacant lot, a rarity for NYC.

“For New York, to be able to build a ground-up, single-family house is very special,” Tolla told Dezeen. “We were excited to change the typical typology of the townhouse, forming a relationship between indoor and outdoor.”

Particularly interesting was LOT-EK’s decision to slice the stacked containers, which when the extra piece was added on top, created a sloping profile—and a bonus: “When we thought about cutting the stack, we realized that we created terraces at every level, and a lot of privacy along the 100 feet,” said Tolla.

Inside, the 5,000 square foot space starts out with a garage and storage in the basement, while the kitchen and dining spaces are separated with a stone fireplace from the living and media space one floor up. The next floor hosts a library and study space, the kids’ bedrooms, and a guest room. The top floor is the master suite that, along with the two floors below, has its own terrace.

If you’re in New York, you may be able to peek inside the space for yourself. The house is part of Archtober, and although tickets are currently sold out for this tour, you can add your name to the waitlist.

Check out more photos of the space and info from the designers over on Dezeen.

h/t Curbed

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