Mansfield Container House, a small two-container house designed for independent living

The Mansfield Container House is a tiny L-shaped house made up of two unused shipping containers that are joined together to form a small, self-contained cabin.

Container homes have redefined modern architecture. Designers and architects around the world have turned to disused shipping containers as isolated little homes. Economical, ecological and modular, shipping containers are the ideal model for designers and architects to unleash their creativity.

In the foothills of the Australian Alps, Melbourne-based architect Robbie Walker has merged two disused shipping containers to form a small, self-contained cabin for family vacations and solo retreats.

Nicknamed the Mansfield Container House after the town in which it is located, Walker’s Tiny House is made up of two 20-foot shipping containers totaling 30 square feet. Coated in tough paint, Walker hoped to retain the industrial personality of the shipping container on the exterior.

Inside, the walls are clad in polished natural plywood, which helps to enhance the rugged look of the exterior.

Forming a right angle, the two shipping containers are connected by a hydraulic outer cover that folds out from one of the two containers. Directly in front of the retractable terrace, residents and guests can enjoy the outdoor space with a large fire pit that can be used all year round.

Behind the folding cover, the inhabitants of the small house have enough space for a living room, a bathroom and a kitchen, which is equipped with a folding table and a folding bed for guests.

In the other container is the master bedroom, in which there is a double Murphy bed and a triple bunk bed with self-inflating mattresses.

To save space and avoid unnecessary clutter between the two containers, a toilet and sink are also accessible from the container in the bedroom.

Equipped with everything you need for off-grid living, the Mansfield Container House is fully equipped with solar power and water treatment systems. Photovoltaic panels were placed on the roof to generate and store solar energy, while water tanks were built on the roof to store 1,000 liters of rainwater.

Plus, a built-in steel screen provides some shade for those sunny days when Tiny House residents want to rest on the patio.

Since the cabin is not connected to the power grid, it has its own catalog of operational tasks, as Walker explains: “It’s similar to the way a sailor has to maneuver a yacht: you have to open a window to catch the breeze and close it at the right time to avoid insects. But that’s part of the fun. Brings you closer to the elements and nature in this beautiful part of the world“.

Designate: Robert Walker

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