Now that we have moved the studio out of the shipping container compound it is time to breath new life into the containers.
Lars Fisk and his girlfriend Betil are visiting from NY to help mastermind a buildout of two little guest cabins in the the central container – the units will be minimal, like the inside of a van, and just right for an overnight stay when it is too hot or too cold to sleep in the Wagon Stations.
By the end of Friday Lars has the container all insulated and framed out – ready for plywood sheeting which will happen next week.
These are the shipping containers that Lars built out as his own home, installed in a secret location in NY – they are incredibly well thought out… After using my own three containers as a studio for seven years, I’ve come to have a love/hate relationship with these structures. But after checking out the living compound that Lars made, I started to believe feel that there might be a way find love for them after all.
His five 20′ containers are configured in a way that feels both spatially complex and surprising roomy. Part of this success is because he didn’t attempt to use the ultra long 40′ containers so his rooms are small, but the proportions feel really good. (which is why we are splitting up my long unit into two separate apartments) And they are tucked full of “special features” like the rooftop greenhouse and circular skylight, hand crafted for the upstairs unit.
After my second visit back to check out his progress (it seems like things were always completely new and different each time I stopped by) we started talking about my container compound in the desert and Lars suggested that he could come out for a visit and do a consultation. That was last year. Now this year he is back for phase one which feels like the begining of a whole new life for this small compound. I’ve given the project a two year window (all projects at AZ West have prescribed timeframes so that nothing is left dangling too long) so there is a lot yet to come!