Lise Harwin
Aug 4, 2008

We love seeing new words enter the modern lexicon. Today, it's "cargotecture," used to describe live and work spaces made out of the same shipping containers that arrive at our nation's ports every day.

Back in June, such a container touched down in NE Portland, fashioned into a workshop by Seattle architecture firm Hybrid. It was installed, plugged in and hooked up that very same day.

The c384w is made out of two 24' cargo containers, with their adjacent long walls removed, which creates an open space of 16'x24'. Considered a "workshop," the new owners are permitted to move it along with them in the future, in Oregon or beyond.

Hybrid says that the c384w could be used as an accessory dwelling unit, with room for a shower-bathroom, galley kitchen and a bed nook with built-ins. The price for the modifed space? About $87,000.

Sure you'd have to pay for the land to put it on, but we like the idea of converting old containers into new usable spaces. Would you give cargotecture a try?

Via: Portland Architecture

Images: Portland Architecture, Hybrid

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