Manhattan Beach, California based architectural firm, DeMaria Design, is creating gorgeous cargo container homes and mixed use buildings.

DeMaria Design Assoc. is combining architectural, planning, branding and interior design services with product fabrication and general contracting. This concoction results in unique spaces that help clients define and present their creative business culture or personality through architectural environments.

I’ve recently discovered their home designs with cargo containers. One project in particular, a Redondo Beach home, won an Excellence in Design Innovation Award.

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Made from prefab assemblies, traditional stick frame construction and a recycled steel shipping container, this modern home rethinks modern living. For a fraction of the cost of conventional construction, this Redondo Beach residence is environmentally-friendly, well-built, stylistically pleasing and virtually indestructible.

DeMaria states on their website:

The modified containers are mold proof, fire proof, termite proof, structurally superior to wood framing and along with various other “components” come together to create a system/kit of parts that is predicated on cost savings, construction timesavings, and energy/environmentally conscious priorities. Seventy percent of the building is efficiently created/assembled in a controlled shop environment where quality construction and fabrication are the highest priority. This project has been published and exhibited internationally and has given birth to a pre-fab shipping container based residential product line called Logical Homes.

Logical Homes in particular is seeking to “provide a home for every person, and family, on the planet” according to architect Peter De Maria. The company is daringly pursuing an answer to the question of whether anyone can construct affordable, comfortable housing that will solve the world’s homeless problem. As housing costs continue to rise in every city from Los Angeles to London, the answer is becoming more urgent every day.