Jan 6, 2014
11:49 AMStyle & Design
Shipping Container Housing as Latest Connecticut Architectural Style
NEW HAVEN--Christian Salvati views it as the wave of the future.
The architect is using the appropriate metaphor since his basic building block is a shipping container.
The city will soon have at least two examples of this unique modular approach that he says will cut the time and eventually the cost of housing, while still providing the amenities that people want.
Tucked into a side street in the Hill, the first example of a home constructed from these steel containers was dropped into place in 2011.
It’s pretty clear from the side that you are looking at gray-painted shipping containers.
But Salvati, from Marengo Structures of New York, put a red painted wooden facade and small porch on the front of the 56 Vernon St. house to help it blend with the multifamily homes on the rest of the street that are typical housing stock in the city.
For the thousands of drivers who pass by the area of Kimberly Avenue and Ella Grasso Boulevard daily on Interstate 95, the latest Marengo building project (shown at left) is pretty arresting with its nine-foot pilings that support 16 steel containers on their way to being converted to six apartment units.
Approved by city planners in March, with construction begun this summer, it could be finished by the spring.
In a video of the construction of the Vernon Street project, which Salvati continues to own with one floor rented out, the architect gives a floor-by-floor description of the process and his thoughts on the construction method.