D.C.’s Shipping Container Apartments

Architect Travis Price started construction on the project, called SeaUA, in July, after Catholic University graduates Sean Joiner and Matthew Grace came to Price for help rebuilding a property they knocked down.
The apartments are designed as "shared housing." Each floor has a large common area with a living room and a kitchen, plus six 240-square-foot bedrooms, each with its own bathroom and study. Six containers constitute a floor of the building, and they are lined up in two rows of three.
The units have sustainable engineered wood interiors and incorporate other energy- conserving designs. The design is also an attempt to provide modern apartments to D.C.'s growing millennial population.
The units have sustainable engineered wood interiors and incorporate other energy- conserving designs. The design is also an attempt to provide modern apartments to D.C.'s growing millennial population.
The project initially attracted some criticism from residents living in the Northeast neighborhood, which is known for its traditional bungalows and Victorians.
The apartments are designed as "shared housing." Each floor has a large common area with a living room and a kitchen, plus six 240-square-foot bedrooms, each with its own bathroom and study. Six containers constitute a floor of the building, and they are lined up in two rows of three.
The units have sustainable engineered wood interiors and incorporate other energy- conserving designs. The design is also an attempt to provide modern apartments to D.C.'s growing millennial population.
The units have sustainable engineered wood interiors and incorporate other energy- conserving designs. The design is also an attempt to provide modern apartments to D.C.'s growing millennial population.
The apartments are designed as "shared housing." Each floor has a large common area with a living room and a kitchen, plus six 240-square-foot bedrooms, each with its own bathroom and study. Six containers constitute a floor of the building, and they are lined up in two rows of three.
The apartments are designed as "shared housing." Each floor has a large common area with a living room and a kitchen, plus six 240-square-foot bedrooms, each with its own bathroom and study. Six containers constitute a floor of the building, and they are lined up in two rows of three.
The inside walls of the containers are cut out to create the open common room; the ends of the containers constitute the bedrooms and bathrooms.
The inside walls of the containers are cut out to create the open common room; the ends of the containers constitute the bedrooms and bathrooms.
"We're doing all wood inside, these beautiful common spaces, tremendous windows -- like 9 ft. by 8 ft. of solid glass," architect Travis Price said in an earlier interview on the project.
"We're doing all wood inside, these beautiful common spaces, tremendous windows -- like 9 ft. by 8 ft. of solid glass," architect Travis Price said in an earlier interview on the project.
For Price, using sea containers in construction makes sense, ecologically. "There are over 700,000 sea containers sitting foul, going nowhere in the U.S. Remember, we imported all the stuff. All of your iPhones came in those containers, but we're not sending anything back," Price said in an earlier interview with WTOP.
For Price, using sea containers in construction makes sense, ecologically. "There are over 700,000 sea containers sitting foul, going nowhere in the U.S. Remember, we imported all the stuff. All of your iPhones came in those containers, but we're not sending anything back," Price said in an earlier interview with WTOP.
The project initially attracted some criticism from residents living in the Northeast neighborhood, which is known for its traditional bungalows and Victorians.
The project initially attracted some criticism from residents living in the Northeast neighborhood, which is known for its traditional bungalows and Victorians.
Price says he hopes to build a second, similar project in the area. He also envisions floating sea container homes on D.C.'s Potomac waterfront.
S:TPADrawingsGrace_JoinerDrawingsCDCD_Plan_First Floor Mod The apartments are designed as "shared housing." Each floor has a large common area with a living room and a kitchen, plus six 240-square-foot bedrooms, each with its own bathroom and study. Six containers constitute a floor of the building, and they are lined up in two rows of three.
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