constructed using 21 shipping containers, carroll house is a single-family residence located in brooklyn’s williamsburg neighborhood. sited on a typical 25×100-feet corner lot, the dwelling was designed by LOT-EK, a new york- and naples-based firm led by ada tolla and giuseppe lignano. the shipping containers were stacked on top of each other, and cut diagonally along top and bottom to generate what the design team calls ‘a monolithic and private volume within the urban fabric’. furthermore, the construction method optimizes material usage by recombining all leftovers generated by the diagonal cut.

LOT-EK carroll house
all images by danny bright

 

 

LOT-EK’s design results in generous outdoor space at each level, with a series of four terraces cascading down the rear of the house. these four private decks are adjoined by large sliding glass walls that create a continuity between indoor and outdoor space. the diagonal cut of the shipping containers not only modifies the nature of the residence’s floor plans, but also helps ensure seclusion with the outdoor terraces remaining private and unobserved by passersby.

LOT-EK carroll house
the single-family residence is located in brooklyn’s williamsburg neighborhood

 

 

at ground level, the diagonal cut carves out the building’s entrance and provides access to the sunken cellar and garage. the home’s primary living accommodation, including the kitchen, dining and living room, is found on the first floor. at the front of the house, above the garage ramp, the cut forms a media room — complete with bleacher seating and projector — that can be partitioned from the rest of the house. the next level contains the children’s spaces, including secluded bedrooms and an open play area, while the uppermost storey houses the master bedroom and en-suite facilities.

LOT-EK carroll house
the building has been constructed using 21 shipping containers

LOT-EK carroll house
the home’s primary living accommodation is found on the first floor

LOT-EK carroll house
the kitchen leads into the dining and living rooms

LOT-EK carroll house
narrow slots in the walls offer glimpses of the passing street

LOT-EK carroll house
the children’s spaces include secluded bedrooms

LOT-EK carroll house
a series of terraces cascades down the rear of the house

LOT-EK carroll house
the home is sited on a 25×100-feet corner lot

LOT-EK carroll house
the construction method optimized usage by recombining all leftover material

 

 

carroll house under construction
video courtesy of LOT-EK

LOT-EK carroll house
sectional diagram illustrating the home’s layout

 

 

 

project info:

 

type: single-family residence
design: LOT-EK, ada tolla + giuseppe lignano, principals, virginie stolz, project architect
commission: kim and joe carroll
location: brooklyn, new york
size: 5,000 sqf / 464.5 sqm
completion: 2016
structural engineer: SILMAN
MEP / sustainability: dagher
photography: danny bright

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