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.

exterior 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

corridor 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.

  • So, what was the sq footage cost compared to “normal” construction? It looks to me as if there might have been some problems fitting the puzzle together?

    savannahjones says:
  • I dunno about this. Seems pretty toy-like and cold on the inside. There is something kind of slap-dash about the whole interior, as though it was not planed for any permanence- like playhouse we ended up living in as grownups, because somehow we couldn’t make the transition to a real house.
    I love the potential cost effectiveness, re-purposed materials, color, outside structural details and swiftness of putting up the building, and can see many uses as dwelling space, but…

    Q says:
  • Incroyable! J’ai dessinee une maison tres proche de se design. Tres Tres cool!!! Bravo! Combien $$ pour la construcion?

    Incredible! I also designed a house very close to this layout. Very very cool!! Bravo! How much did it cost?

    Manu says:
  • Thumbs up. Interesting use of materials and should be cost effective. With double glazing and shutters in winter, should be a warm residence d;-)

    Jetwax says:
  • Un rêve! Merveilleuse!

    Vania/Brazil says:
  • que bkn 😀

    Claudia says:
  • What is this obsession with shipping containers ? Although it’s nice to see something so utilitarian transformed into something ‘beautiful’ (depending on taste)… I also sometimes wonder if the underlying symbolism is that humans are just objects to be stored. This widespread desire to make houses out of containers seems to have a post apocalyptic fatalism.

    Finlay says:
  • I love shipping container homes, and I’ve seen some great ones, but this one does not convince me. The exposed galvanized pipes in the kitchen, etc kill me, and the grated walkway just looks cold to me- also, murder on bare feet.

    jen says:
    A QUEL PRIX ,?

    GOSSET says:
  • I really find this concept and design very much thinking outside the box. Fantastic use of old shipping containers! I wonder if some small scale designs could be done and then put through wind tunnel and also on the Earthquake simulation tables. The results would be interesting. With so many of our close nation neighbors still living in 3rd World conditions a group of these type of structures might help these people to get off the dirt floors and tin sheets as roves. In 2013 countries with money are throwing money at this global problem without making any head way. If a project to help get these people out of very bad conditions and it would provide jobs for the local people also! It has to start somewhere, why not a shipping container community! GREAT DESIGN! 🙂

    Scott QLD Australia says:

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