At the corner of Charles and Washington Street in New York’s West Village sits a little house. It’s not just its size that sets this abode apart from the buildings around it, though at 320 sq.ft it is a touch smaller than anything else one could set eyes on in the vicinity. What make this house special is that it is a single storied prefabricated house that has been made from shipping containers.
Needless to say, the MEKA Home is quite the eco-friendly abode, and is sustainable and durable as well. The architects Jason Halter and Christos Marcopoulous were successful in providing users with the option of enjoying modern living inside an unassuming construction.
The idea of the MEKA home initially blossomed in the mind of Michael de Jong, who specialized in building luxury homes for a living. He encountered many home owners who wanted to get a house, without having to go through the hassle of waiting, encountering hidden costs that come with traditional construction etc. He hired the architects to design the low cost house. With the MEKA home, there is no chance of your plans of having a home being sabotaged by price rises or bad contractors.
Best of all, more than 70% of the materials used for the house are recycled – bringing the cost of one square foot to a mere $100!
The shipping containers that form the house are individually paneled in cedar wood over a steel frame shipping container. The windows are doubled glazed and filled with argon. The bathroom is slate and interiors bamboo.
An innovative addition is that one side of the module can be opened up to make a deck for the house. The house arrives almost 95% prefabricated, and can be set up with all of the necessary installations in less than two weeks.
The MEKA Home can be used in a variety of environments, can be transported without much trouble and can be expanded according to the needs of the user.
It also has provision for solar power integration for the greener folks. The architects of the MEKA modules have designed them so that they can be modified to fit any budget.