ARQtainer: liray house, chile

ARQtainer: liray house, chile
‘liray house’ by ARQtainer, santiago, chile
all images courtesy of ARQtainer

the ‘liray house’ in santiago, proves that you can achieve an aesthetically pleasing structure at a low cost with minimal construction time.
the 115 m2 residence designed by chilean practice ARQtainer is composed of corten steel shipping containers. using the modularity of the large
crates, the home is organized on two perpendicular axes, the shorter one containing the social spaces and services – living room, kitchen,
dining area, laundry and two exterior balconies – the longer containing the private bedrooms organized linearly along the north face with a
corridor to the south. the entire building was built offsite and transported into place, sparing noise pollution and construction impact on site.
the five containers that make up the dwelling site 50 centimeters off the ground on a system of stilts that allow the necessary space to conceal
the plumbing. the interior is covered in plasterboard panels, filled with cellulose insulation to combat the intense heat gain the metal volumes
are prone to, and add considerable mass that also improves the otherwise hollow acoustics.

sitting on a field with views to the andes mountains

containers are fitted together with voids taken out of the masses to create balconies and windows

balcony at the end of the private area

front elevation

shading louvers wrap the roof of the structure

exterior walkways bring people to the house and up to the rooftop terrace

living room

long hallway connecting the social spaces to the private bedrooms

(left) restroom
(right) exterior balcony

large deck

(left) kitchen and long hallway
(right) entrance ramp

bird’s eye view

floor plan / level 0







concept sketch

project info:

architecture and construction: project arqtainer
architect: ruben rivera peede
engineer: julio oyarzun flores
location: fundo liray, subdivision la copa, colina – santiago
country: chile
surface area: 6775 m2
project area: 115.01 m2
project year: 2010
construction year: 2010
main building material: corten steel shipping containers, steel frame, thermal pane window, internal coating plasterboard and projected
cellulose insulation.


2 responses to “ARQtainer: liray house, chile

  1. This project looks really interesting. Thank for this update! Do you know something about foundation? They seem to be made of cast in place concrete… Am I right?

  2. Is it? sorry i didn’t read this article yet. I posted it because the shadow on the corrugated elevation was awesome. Thanks for your concern on my blog. =)

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