One could be forgiven for thinking that shipping container-based architecture may have reached saturation point. After all, Gizmag has previously reported on student digs, a passively-cooled home, and a cruise ship terminal, to name just a few examples. However, Georgia-based Dachi Papuashvili has produced a charming cross-shaped tiny house concept called the Skit that proves the continuing ability of the useful boxes to inspire.
The Skit is designed as a one-person home that will be built from two shipping containers, arranged in a cross formation. The residence comprises three very snug floors which measure just 4 sq m (43 sq ft), and a fourth, relatively larger floor, which measures 12 sq m (130 sq ft) and takes up the entire horizontal shipping container.
There's no room for stairs in such a cramped space, so access to each floor is gained by ladder, and the interior includes a bedroom, combined lounge and study, kitchen and dining room, and a prayer room right up at the top of the home. There's also a bathroom with composting toilet and shower, and some storage space. The first floor is wholly reserved as a store for food, captured rainwater, and to house a battery array.
Papuashvili states that his tiny home would be prefabricated before being transported to its eventual destination, and that standard metal shipping containers would be covered with a wooden cladding. It will operate completely off-grid, relying exclusively on roof-bound rainwater collector and solar panels. A small wood-burning stove will provide all heating.
Though the Skit remains on the drawing board at present, Dezeen reports that Papuashvili hopes to construct a working prototype next year.