Okay, so I’m a couple days late to the game considering the color scheme that prevails throughout this eye-catching project but it’s never too late to fall in love …
The creation of architect Patrick Partouche, Container House Lille (or Maison Container Lille, if you’d prefer) is a 2,238-square-foot residence in the French countryside — the home overlooks “a field with cows through a facade of glazed panels" — that was erected on a concrete foundation using eight 40-foot recycled shipping containers in just a matter of three short days.
As you can see from the photos of the home, Partouche opted to leave the original container doors on both floors completely intact, transforming them into massive, barn door-like shutters that can be opened and closed when the home’s inhabitants need privacy (the cows are watching!) or to shield the interior of the home from harsh sunlight. A pitched roof — most likely added to comply with local regulations — adds even more to the home's barn-y effect.
But despite its bucolic surroundings near the French/Belgian border, this three-bedroom home’s smart — but not stark — interior is anything but countrified, filled with “galvanized steel, poppy red columns and wood [that] generates an industrial atmosphere as desired by the inhabitants.” Check out all the exposed wiring and ducts, grate catwalks, and various decorative elements made from corrugated metal sheets re-purposed from the containers — it totally works (minus that hammock in the living room which seems a bit haphazard).
A French shipping container home that's just a little bit country
Located in the middle of the cow-filled French countryside, Patrick Partouche's Container House Lille is a shipping container home that celebrates instead of ob