I’ve been somewhat shipping container-obsessed as of late and although I mostly have Andrea Shapiro’s container studio/retreat in the Hamptons to blame for this, there’s a home in Brittany, France, that’s also contributed to my lust for boxy modular dwellings.
 
Get a load of CrossBox from CG Architectes. It’s difficult to tell from the photos, but the home is composed of four units (not two XL ones) stacked crosswise on top of each other … two on the bottom (where the living/dining areas are) and two up top (where the bedrooms are). The configuration of the containers allows for petite green roofs (a much different approach than another Gallic green roof I recently blogged about) on each end of the bottom containers; the overhang from the top containers provides covered space to chill out in — check out that swing!— or park a small car. Here’s the thing: the jury is still out if the building blocks that define CrossBox are actually reclaimed shipping containers or prefabricated boxes. Either way, I think CrossBox is bold and beautiful. What do you think?
 
 

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) reports on design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.