Don’t be deceived my friends… what looks like a rusty old shipping container is in fact something else.  Something lurks from the inside…. like a man made geode, Adam Kalkin’s Quik House is an incredible concept showing what can be possible when tapping into an abundant resource: shipping containers.

Initially used as a coffee stand by Illy at the 52nd Venice Biennial in Italy, the structure has made its way to the states, being featured at New York City’s Columbus Circle during Christmas season.  It is scheduled to return to the Big Apple in October for the Food and Wine Festival.

Adam Kalkin is renowned for pushing architectural boundaries and shipping containers have been a key component to his portfolio… and why not?  They’re crazy cheap, with used containers ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 based on size and condition.  They’re also structurally bomb proof and are extremely abundant… Hundreds of thousands of containers currently sit vacant on U.S. docks.

Let’s take a quick peak at a couple of Kalkin’s other projects… the Push Button House:

And check out Kalkin’s personal residence…. incredible!

This might be his most recognized project… the Bunny Lane residence.  Not quite sure if anything like this has ever been done before…. it’s basically an industrial shed built around an existing traditional two story home in New Jersey, making it difficult to define what’s indoors and what’s out.



About Joshua Foss

Joshua is a leading voice for transformational change. He is the editor of Metro Hippie, co-founder and director of development of the Ecala Group, and adjunct faculty at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He is also an ambassador for the Living Building Challenge and is a frequent speaker at national conferences, trade shows and summits.