Stacked cargo containers in New Haven’s “LEGO” apartments

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Christian Salvati of Marengo Structures thinks shipping containers make great building blocks, and in time, he hopes it will become an affordable and quick method of building homes.

As full-scale R&D, in 2012, he built Connecticut’s first shipping container homes: a two-story duplex built from six containers. Two years later, he stacked higher using 27 containers to build a 6-unit apartment complex he hopes to rent to students in the New Haven area (the building is wedged between Yale and University of New Haven).

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While containers are uniform, modular and easily sourced (Salivati buys from a depot in Newark, NJ), the building process is still slower and more expensive than it should be given the lack of codes for this type of building.

Salvati thinks that by sharing information, architects and builders can help improve both zoning issues and the currently steep learning curve that prevents containers from becoming a more universal modular alternative.

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39 thoughts on “Stacked cargo containers in New Haven’s “LEGO” apartments”

  1. Please bring this concept to North East India. The Hill People with little space and heavy rainfall would be glad to buy your Container Homes. I will be the first. I like Container Houses.

  2. I think they'd be much more acceptable by the community if you had a greenwall or creepers growing on the side of the building, or even hire local artists do murals idk

  3. I designed and built homes for 30 years and I find these homes totally acceptable and quite possibly longer lasting and possibly much sturdier than conventional homes. I love the idea and the thought of easily going off grid using modern technology. I know and experienced the difficulties of presenting new forms of construction to conventional building departments for approval and it can be exasperating depending on the knowledge of the components of each building department. Great job and thanks for sharing.

  4. Hi Firstly i like your house and Lego building can really be a hostel so i'm very very interesting !!
    I think sincerely to live in Container House like this. No cold as really house !
    Please question for you much is it containers built with 3 bedroms, living, kitchen, garage car, 2 bathroom, Toilets. I live in France. I will love you built my futur house it will be this great challenge . See you soon

  5. What started as a much more affordable housing plan turned into becoming much more expensive or as expensive as a normal home, very costly as home builders, realtors, home flippers, etc. All run the prices through the roof for profits..

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