You may have read about Adam Kalkin’s container architecture previously, but what you might not know is that Mr. Kalkin is a New Jersey resident whose work is inspired by the endless stacks of shipping containers that sit in Port Elizabeth, visible from the I-78 approach to the Holland Tunnel into Manhattan. Recycling the steel containers into functional components of a domestic architectural vernacular is the thrust of Mr. Kalkin’s work; he manufactures the container homes himself from a small New Jersey airport hangar.
One of Mr. Kalkin’s projects- Bunny Lane (pictured) – is currently for sale in Bernardsville, New Jersey at an asking price of $2.8 million. The project was completed back in 2001 and completely encloses an existing two-story 19th century clapboard house in industrial steel. As you can see in the images below, the contrast between old and new presents an interesting juxtaposition that takes the container concept one large step forward.
Not all of Kalkin’s work is so expensive; his firm’s Quik House aims to fulfill emergency or temporary housing needs and costs between $150,000 and $175,000 ($75 – $90 per square foot, compared to $200 per square foot for comparable new construction).
- Adam Kalkin’s Contained Approach to Architecture (BD)
- Adam Kalkin’s Bunny Lane House (Apartment Therapy)
- Containing a Home (Vassar College)
- Bunny Lane (Architecture & Hygiene)