patrick partouche: maison container lille
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feb 08, 2012
patrick partouche: maison container lille

‘maison container lille’ by patrick partouche, lille, france
image © manuel djamdjian
all images courtesy of patrick partouche

french architect patrick partouche has recently completed ‘maison container lille’, a single family residence created from
eight shipping containers within the countryside of lille, france. the stacked units combine to generate 208 square meters of living space
which overlook a field with cows through a facade of glazed panels. the original doors on the ground and upper level may be opened
or closed from the outside for privacy or to protect from direct sunlight. resting upon reinforced concrete foundations,
the dwelling was installed within three days on-site. the maritime containers were transported by truck and placed during construction
with a crane.

image © manuel djamdjian

large polycarbonate and glass bay windows with low-e coating and argon gas infill clad the front and rear elevation,
serving as a thermal bridge and providing plenty of natural light. the removed corrugated sheets were introduced
as decorative elements within the living spaces. the exterior complies with local regulations while the interior material palette
of galvanized steel, poppy red columns and wood generates an industrial atmosphere as desired by the inhabitants.

upper level
image © manuel djamdjian

(left)  facade detail
(right) oprning the shipping container doors

images © manuel djamdjian

(left) living area
(right) kitchin

images © manuel djamdjian

hammock suspended within the living area
image © manuel djamdjian

living and dining area
image © manuel djamdjian

(left) dining area
(right) spiral stair to upper level

images © manuel djamdjian

(left)  top of stair
(right) downward view of galvanized steel stairs

images © manuel djamdjian

upper level steel grate catwalks
image © manuel djamdjian

(left) children’s play area
(right) bedroom

images © manuel djamdjian

image © manuel djamdjian

children’s bedroom
image © manuel djamdjian

(left)  polycarbonate windows produce privacy for the bathroom
(right) partial solid facade screens the bathtub

images © manuel djamdjian

delivery of components to site

containers rest upon concrete foundations

a crane stacks the upper level into place

placing upper level  container into its final location

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level 1

roof plan




project info:

program: single-family
year: 2010
area: 240m ²
duration of studies / work duration: 6 months / 6 months
specific materials used: recycled and managed eight containers, terracotta, metal, wood, polycarbonate, glass

design-aerobics 2012: POP-UP course
january 17 – march 17, 2012

this online design course will take a look at temporary structures,
from living quarters and exhibition stands to container stores and market stalls,
exploring the concept of ‘pop-up’ architecture.
for more information on design-aerobics courses and how to enroll click here.

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