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Shipping Container Art Studios in Houston


Check out this Houston art studio “colony” created from used shipping containers.

The folks at Independence Art Studio in Houston have created a 4 unit art studio space using old 20-foot shipping containers. The building is located on a half acre of land with lots of trees, horses, a fire pit, and even a tree swing.  The builder (a graphic designer by day) wrote an interesting post on the studio blog describing his experience with the conversion.

Houston Shipping Container Art StudioNow that the containers are up on their blocks in the right places, it’s time to cut one side off of each of them. Plasma cutters are probably the easiest way, but the cheapest machine I can find is $1,000 and I’ve heard that welding of any sort can damage your eyes so that you lose color perception. This is much too high of a price for a graphic designer to pay.I look around the shop to see what else might do it. I settle on using a SawzAll that came with a loft we rented in NYC a few years ago.

As you may have gathered, this project was not exactly LEED certified, but it is a neat and the design is über hipster. Basically, It’s another interesting example of using shipping containers as buildings.

What?  The use of shipping containers isn’t even green you say?  Save it for the forums…

May 10, 2012 |

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