Greetings from Costa Rica once more! 🙂

If you thought the first shipping container home I showed you from Costa Rica was awesome, this one just wows!  This shipping container home is made from 8 shipping containers named ‘Casa Incubo,’ designed by architect Maria José Trejos. The residence is not only surrounded by the nature of the country, but also surrounds it as the structure encloses a large cedar tree.



The central module, with its double height space, acts as a lung with crossed ventilation and the west façade is glazed to let in natural light so that during the daytime it is unnecessary to use electric fixtures. The central area, used for both social and work purposes, is enclosed by two rows of containers.

The home also is used as a workplace for the owner, a professional photographer, who needs open spaces with a sufficient amount of light; a space that coincides with the ‘work and play’ philosophy while aiding creativity. ‘The house dresses and undresses according to what you want to use it for,’ explains the architect, ‘be it a living room, an audiovisual space, a photographic or advertising studio.’













Reusable 40’ high cube containers were used for Casa Incubo. The first floor acts as an area for social activities, with a volume to the right of the main living room that provides a photo gallery. To the left, several other pieces present an office, dining room, and kitchen that open towards a patio that presided by a cedar tree. So as to not break the continuity of the kitchen, it was fitted with the line-L in white from the Spanish kitchen manufacturer Santos, a quartz tabletop, and a breakfast bar made with wood.

On the second floor, one of the containers has been strategically placed to create a terrace on top and a porch below. Inside are the private spaces of the bedrooms and a studio. An outdoor pathway that leads to the stairs and the rooftop garden on the third floor that can be used as a sun deck for relaxation and has a rooftop garden.
















The coolest part is that it is possible to go from the first floor to the ground floor by sliding down an original steel bar!


Project info:

  • Name: Casa Incubo (incubo house)
  • Location: Escazú, San José, Costa Rica
  • Completed: September 2012 – February 2013
  • Site area: 544,97 m2
  • Built area: 400m2
  • Architect: Maria José Trejos
  • Structural engineer: Mauricio Carranza of AESA Ingenieros Consultores
  • Electromechanical design: Sergio González Rodríguez
  • Lighting design: Estudio 27
  • Interior design: Maria José Trejos and Sergio Pucci
  • Photography: Sergio Pucci ( )
  • Collaborating companies: Santos Costa Rica (kitchen), Extralum (windows), Sonus (audiovisual equipment), Bambú y Maderas S.A (bamboo floors), Bambutico (moveable bamboo panels)



Information & Photo Credit: Designboom



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