Like oversized building block pieces, shipping containers can be reused as an inexpensive and stronger-than-average building component. The versatile and precise engineering of containers has captured the imagination of designers and architects who’ve found new life for them as high rises, rustic cabins, studio space and just about anything else you can imagine.
Recently featured at Sunset® Magazine’s Celebration Weekend 2011, the cargotecture c192 made its debut to the delight of more than 20,000 visitors. In partnership with Seattle’s HyBrid Architecture, Sunset created a studio cottage using a 192-square-foot converted shipping container. It features a kitchen, bathroom, living space, built-in Murphy-style bed and an outdoor deck. Andersen® A-Series hinged patio doors were specified for the project with exteriors in sandtone and white interior color.
Because of its small size, every component of the cottage has to work efficiently. Joel Egan, HyBrid Architecture designer and principal, said the Andersen patio door package was top notch.
“Andersen made this easy for our installers. The frame came complete with the unit and was easy to level and square in the rough opening. There were no scuffs, no scratches when it was received. And, the tolerances it was built to were within 1/16" of the shop drawings, so there were no surprises,” said Egan. “This is a great outswing door that will be durable for many decades* with little maintenance. The handle and lock controls have an operation that is very logical and easy for anyone to understand.” For more information on the project, click here.
*See the limited warranty for details.
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