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Adam Kalkin's ABC of Container Architecture

Cheap, transportable and recyclable, Adam Kalkin's container homes may be the next wave of prefab. Here is a look at several examples of his shipping container architecture.

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The architect Adam Kalkin built Bunny Lane on his family's property in Bernardsville, N.J., by encasing an 1880s farmhouse in a cavernous prefab aircraft hanger. 
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The interior of Bunny Lane is a mix of industrial hanger, loft and Victorian front porch. The house is on the market for $2.8 million. 
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 Adam Kalkin hired Albert Hadley, the 88- year-old society decorator, to design the interiors of Bunny Lane. The result is a pleasing contrast of gritty industrial shell and comfortable traditional furnishings. 
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The Quik House is a three-bedroom prefab made from six shipping containers. It can be delivered by flatbed truck and installed within three months. Cost: $150 a square foot. 
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The Kalkin House on the grounds of the Shelburne Museum in Vermont has a two-story outdoor curtain that creates a patio space. It's used as a gallery for contemporary art and design. 
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The two-story Kalkin House at the Shelburne Museum is made from an industrial shell and three steel shipping containers.  Oversized glass-and-aluminum garage doors create an indoor/outdoor space. 
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Push Button House is a living room that unfolds like an elaborate Murphy Bed to reveal a room furnished with a George Smith couch and a lacquer chandelier.  
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The Push Button House was adapted by Illy for use as a temporary café at the Venice Biennale in June of 2007, and at the Time-Warner Center later that year. 
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Adam Kalkin created the 4,000-square-foot Adriance House in northern Maine by stacking a dozen orange shipping containers in a T-shape, and he replaced some steel panels with windows overlooking Blue Hill Bay. 
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The Adriance House is formed by two stacks of six shipping containers topped by a prefab roof. The result is a surprisingly welcoming interior courtyard. 
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Working with students at the Pingry School in Martinsville, N.J., Adam Kalkin created a plan for a refugee village with a modular arrangement of shipping containers and courtyards spaced between them. 
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  • 01 /11

    The architect Adam Kalkin built Bunny Lane on his family's property in Bernardsville, N.J., by encasing an 1880s farmhouse in a cavernous prefab aircraft hanger.

    Read more

  • 02 /11

    The interior of Bunny Lane is a mix of industrial hanger, loft and Victorian front porch. The house is on the market for $2.8 million.

    Read more

  • 03 /11

    Adam Kalkin hired Albert Hadley, the 88- year-old society decorator, to design the interiors of Bunny Lane. The result is a pleasing contrast of gritty industrial shell and comfortable traditional furnishings.

    Read more

  • 04 /11

    The Quik House is a three-bedroom prefab made from six shipping containers. It can be delivered by flatbed truck and installed within three months. Cost: $150 a square foot.

    Read more

  • 05 /11

    The Kalkin House on the grounds of the Shelburne Museum in Vermont has a two-story outdoor curtain that creates a patio space. It's used as a gallery for contemporary art and design.

    Read more

  • 06 /11

    The two-story Kalkin House at the Shelburne Museum is made from an industrial shell and three steel shipping containers. Oversized glass-and-aluminum garage doors create an indoor/outdoor space.

    Read more

  • 07 /11

    Push Button House is a living room that unfolds like an elaborate Murphy Bed to reveal a room furnished with a George Smith couch and a lacquer chandelier.

    Read more

  • 08 /11

    The Push Button House was adapted by Illy for use as a temporary café at the Venice Biennale in June of 2007, and at the Time-Warner Center later that year.

    Read more

  • 09 /11

    Adam Kalkin created the 4,000-square-foot Adriance House in northern Maine by stacking a dozen orange shipping containers in a T-shape, and he replaced some steel panels with windows overlooking Blue Hill Bay.

    Read more

  • 10 /11

    The Adriance House is formed by two stacks of six shipping containers topped by a prefab roof. The result is a surprisingly welcoming interior courtyard.

    Read more

  • 11 /11

    Working with students at the Pingry School in Martinsville, N.J., Adam Kalkin created a plan for a refugee village with a modular arrangement of shipping containers and courtyards spaced between them.

    Read more

The architect Adam Kalkin built Bunny Lane on his family's property in Bernardsville, N.J., by encasing an 1880s farmhouse in a cavernous prefab aircraft hanger.

Read more