Modular construction was one of the biggest fads of 2013, and that won’t change anytime soon. The 5,000-square-foot single-family home made of shipping containers that’s been rising on Williamsburg’s Richardson Street is apparently done getting stacked. Photos sent by a tipster look a lot like the renderings of the angular building. The website of architects LOT-EK explains that the corner lot at 2 Monitor Street is made of 21 containers and includes an outdoor space at every level of the house. Past descriptions have included a private drive-in garage, a family room with bleacher-style seating, a lap pool and barbecue pit, and an open shower in the master bedroom. Perhaps this project isn’t as large-scale as Atlantic Yards’ B2 or Inwood’s Stack of rentals, but it’s pretty neat nonetheless.
Here are some more details from LOT-EK:
– 21 steel containers are collected and stacked. The stack is then cut diagonally along both the top and bottom, creating a striking profile that invokes Williamsburg’s industrial past, while providing a sculptural nod to the rapidly changing neighborhood. The house is located in a typical corner lot in Brooklyn, measuring 25×100-feet. Transforming the containers’ assembly into a single-family residence, the diagonal cut generates a very enclosed and private monolith from the surrounding streets. The diagonal also modifies the conventional ground-floor rear yard type and use, allocating private outdoor space at each level of the house. Large glass doors allow access to each deck, offering light and cross ventilation at all levels. A steel stair along the north wall connects all outdoor spaces.