Shipping container home in Ecuador dismantles like a clock for easy transport

Daniel Moreno Flores
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Architect duo Daniel Moreno Flores and Sebastian Calero built this industrial-chic home using seven repurposed shipping containers. Located on a green flat area in Pichincha, Ecuador, the "RDP House" reflects the client's passion for mechanics, motorbikes and cars, but its rough and ready utilitarian style is interrupted by wooden interiors and glazed walls that connect the interior with the outdoors.

When the owner of this home was a kid he wanted to decipher the mechanisms of old clocks; as he grew older, his passion for mechanics continued with motorbikes and landrovers. So it’s natural that he wanted a utilitarian home he could also dismantle just like the elements of a clock. The whole house is designed for disassembly, meaning it can be broken into modules and transported to a different location if necessary.

To highlight the containers‘ legacy, and with it their scratches and dents, the architects removed the factory paint from their exterior skin. In contrast, the interiors were painted sanitary white or clad in light wood, making them more habitable. These design decisions, along with large windows everywhere, indoor-outdoor patios, and a balcony on the top floor, fill the industrial home with natural light, air circulation while enhancing its connection with the peaceful Ecuadorian outdoors.

Shipping container home in Ecuador dismantles like a clock for easy transport

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