Stacked cargo containers in New Haven’s “LEGO” apartments




Christian Salvati of Marengo Structures thinks shipping containers make great building blocks, and in time, he hopes it will become an affordable and quick method of building homes.

As full-scale R&D, in 2012, he built Connecticut’s first shipping container homes: a two-story duplex built from six containers. Two years later, he stacked higher using 27 containers to build a 6-unit apartment complex he hopes to rent to students in the New Haven area (the building is wedged between Yale and University of New Haven).

While containers are uniform, modular and easily sourced (Salivati buys from a depot in Newark, NJ), the building process is still slower and more expensive than it should be given the lack of codes for this type of building.

Salvati thinks that by sharing information, architects and builders can help improve both zoning issues and the currently steep learning curve that prevents containers from becoming a more universal modular alternative.

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29 Comments

  1. leslie landberg
    October 12, 2017
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    Build anything you please, any way you want outside of city limits…as a general rule. Check with planning. And to the Libertarians who want to do away with code enforcement, do you suppose the Law of Hammurabi to be superior? Make it so…but make it safe!

  2. Xisting Future
    October 16, 2017
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    How much was the total build cost?

  3. Collette Magurno
    October 17, 2017
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    god forbid if he said 2000.00

  4. Mr BreakRAK
    October 20, 2017
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    I hear you say you're fighting, Me thinks you are gonna win. I wish I were younger, we (you plus me) would have a great time…

  5. Brunx Q1060
    October 21, 2017
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    The guy knows the container van.Corten Steel. This will be my vacation house.

  6. Derek Chan
    October 23, 2017
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    Cool

  7. AbsurdReality
    October 26, 2017
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    ppfff thats nothing we make student flats, and hospitals from these

  8. Artur Zuromski
    October 28, 2017
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    Как бомжи ! Из мусорных баков ! :))) Или из био туалетов !

  9. Artur Zuromski
    October 28, 2017
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    Америка такая бедная ? Что из мусора строят дома !

  10. Artur Zuromski
    October 28, 2017
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    Дешевле построить из строительных материалов !

  11. Laura Gadille
    October 31, 2017
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    Wow cool

  12. Laura Gadille
    October 31, 2017
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    What do you to prevent rust?

  13. Marie Murley
    November 3, 2017
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    If you used a heat resistant paint. That would help with the heat argument.

  14. TJ1501
    November 4, 2017
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    What was the total budget for this project and what is the rent for an apartment here?

  15. TheMilkyWayCitizen
    November 9, 2017
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    2:30 "We don't like to use the word cheaper…" But it IS cheaper. It is what it is.
    If to him if it signifies skimping, it is his personal problem.

  16. Ricardo Wagner
    November 11, 2017
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    Scale is interesting, but the design is terrible.

  17. Bob Anderson
    November 11, 2017
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    Very nice Kirsten.  Once again city government gets in the way with their outdated building codes, they don't have a clue. (Planning dept.) "Gee, I've never seen anything like this before" Duh!  I swear this is a nation of mindless Zombies.

  18. Susie Stokely
    November 12, 2017
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    Pioneer!

  19. Leigh Busby
    November 13, 2017
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    I pass by thier weekly and see no one living there ,who rents these and are there any opening at this point

  20. jennifer wilson
    November 14, 2017
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    I wish see more homes to be built by shipping containers!  Much better built than regular cheap home built now a day.

  21. jennifer wilson
    November 14, 2017
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    This country is full of regulations and surely is not freedom like what some of us think.  Government tax  you death and regulations on everything you do, no wonder many people are leaving the USA.

  22. TheGuruStud
    November 14, 2017
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    Fucking fire marshall. It's fire rated itself, b/c it's steel! What a jackass.

  23. Brenda McAdams
    November 18, 2017
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    I Wish You Would Come Build Me A Home, I Need one to Sleep @ Least 4 & 2 Bathrooms Pretty Opened,a few Barn Doors, & a few in the Wall, a Murphy Bed or 2 would be okay With Me !

  24. CaptainAwasome
    November 21, 2017
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    Sorry guys but the design looks like IKEA on drugs. Surface finish is non existent

  25. Christian Benny
    November 23, 2017
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    Very nice and so freely.

  26. Iwona Rudnik
    November 30, 2017
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    you can make it nice inside and out all you want ..but you can not replicate true feeling living in wooden house …its the best feeling and sleeping …no metal house and concreate house can compare

  27. Penny Giller
    December 1, 2017
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    fire suppression system? solar? is it off grid? is there even a rain barrell or watertank for back up water fire suppression system….or ABC fire suppression system? HIgh heat on metal means a buidling buckles and folds from vacuum effect when the fire gets to a certain temp….anything to prevent the fire safety issue?

  28. Penny Giller
    December 1, 2017
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    you could put a garden on top of the roof or solar…everyone shys away from solar in the north….its not cost effective….there are trees….there are buildings around you…..any solar is better savings in the long run if your off the grid…all public buildings should run on solar and public offices and government offices….d.c. should put their money where their mouth is..

  29. doug b
    December 1, 2017
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    They look nice

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