daniel flores and sebastian calero build rdp house from repurposed containers
image © lorena darquea schettini
all images courtesy of daniel moreno flores

 

 

 

 

located on a relatively flat grassy site in la tomeca, ecuador, just outside of the hectic city environment, local architect daniel moreno flores in collaboration with sebastian calero has recently completed the rdp house from reclaimed shipping containers. the client’s particular penchant for mechanical assemblies and metal as a material led to the decision to design a house using recycled metal containers which are affordable and in great abundance. it was clear that all the connections and materials the form the structure of the home were to remain exposed, indulging the client in his desire to live in a machine whose function and construction were easily understood at every angle and level of detail.

 

take a virtual self-guided tour through the structure here.

daniel moreno flores rdp house
image © lorena darquea schettini

 

 

seven 20-foot containers as well as one 40-foot container were used in the project, maintaining the worn weathered nature of each module, allowing the dents and scratches to tell the story of each piece’s history. the containers were placed on the site so as to contain the enclosed spaces such as the bedrooms, bathrooms, storage areas, and living room, with very little done to physically modify the look or function of the containers as they exist in the original form. only calculated modifications were made so as to improve the ventilation or integration of electrical or mechanical systems.

daniel moreno flores rdp house
image © lorena darquea schettini

 

 

 

the construction was executed over four phases that gradually built the structure as a whole. first, the concrete platform foundations were poured to supports the metal crates, whose positioning made up the second phase. next, steal beams span between the containers to support the roof system, and lastly pulleys, and tensile cables were installed to support the secondary roof systems and storefront glass walls that span the voids between the containers. wooden planks were used to define walkways, cladding material, and eaves, providing a warmth and rhythm to the aesthetic which is otherwise primarily characterized by glass, corrugated metal, and concrete.

daniel moreno flores builds rdp house from repurposed containers
image © lorena darquea schettini

daniel moreno flores builds rdp house from repurposed containers
image © lorena darquea schettini

daniel moreno flores rdp house
main entrance into the structure, a concrete plinth provides the base for an outdoor patio
image © lorena darquea schettini

daniel moreno flores builds rdp house from repurposed containers
the dining area opens directly to the exterior through sliding glass panels
image © lorena darquea schettini

daniel moreno flores builds rdp house from repurposed containers
central living area
image © lorena darquea schettini

daniel moreno flores builds rdp house from repurposed containers
exterior covered patio
image © lorena darquea schettini

daniel moreno flores builds rdp house from repurposed containers
image © lorena darquea schettini

daniel moreno flores builds rdp house from repurposed containers
wooden walkways span between the containers opening to exterior spaces
image © lorena darquea schettini

daniel moreno flores builds rdp house from repurposed containers
image © lorena darquea schettini

daniel moreno flores builds rdp house from repurposed containers
image © lorena darquea schettini

daniel moreno flores builds rdp house from repurposed containers
image © lorena darquea schettini

daniel moreno flores builds rdp house from repurposed containers
a trap door opens to reveal a sunken bathtub in the master bathroom
image © lorena darquea schettini

daniel moreno flores builds rdp house from repurposed containers
bedroom
image © lorena darquea schettini

daniel moreno flores builds rdp house from repurposed containers
frosted glass panels provide privacy
image © lorena darquea schettini

daniel moreno flores builds rdp house from repurposed containers
exposed mechanical connections exist throughout the structure
image © lorena darquea schettini

daniel moreno flores builds rdp house from repurposed containers
image © lorena darquea schettini

daniel moreno flores builds rdp house from repurposed containers
image © lorena darquea schettini

daniel moreno flores builds rdp house from repurposed containers
image © lorena darquea schettini

daniel moreno flores builds rdp house from repurposed containers
image © lorena darquea schettini

daniel moreno flores builds rdp house from repurposed containers
image © lorena darquea schettini

 

 

 

drawings

 

 

project info:

 

 

architecture: daniel moreno flores y sebastian calero
design: 2014 – 2015
construction: 2015
budget: $170.000
interior area: 251.75 m2
exterior area: 123.55 m2
cost per m2: $542
structural design: jorge vintimilla – colaboración: elvis escudero
construction: esteban romo  
platform construction: iván cevallos / víctor sánchez / maestro: leoncio lanche / eléctrico: rodrigo tipan / plomería: fernando heredia
structural metal assembly: freddy lópez / jinson romero   
collaboration: luis fernando taco, roberto alban, gustavo aguirre, mateo torres, santiago egas, gabriela loaiza, josé lópez, tatiana chávez, lucia gómez
clients: familia esteban romo y fernanda del pozo
photography: lorena darquea schettini