Five in a Row
Roger Black is a lucky guy. He's also pretty clever. When he decided to set up his vacation home in a remote West Texas location, he decided to take a linear approach to its construction. Five cabins in a row, made from shipping containers and connected by a walkway. Brilliant.
Camp Cinco, as it is known, is a home divided into five units: one for a kitchen, one for living, one for storage, and two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. Each is kept pretty spartan and entered through sliding glass doors which keep critters out while human inhabitants watch the sunset.
It's remote, 200 miles from the nearest airport and only accessible by four-wheel-drive, but the storage cabin is wired to the hilt, so Mr Black is never out of touch with the rest of the world.
The cabins were realized by architect Mark Wellen, using whole shipping containers placed on hand-dug piers. The project cost about $200,000, double what it would have cost had the location not been so remote.
Earlier this year, Black's cabin won a 2009 Residential Architect Design Award for small custom home. Well deserved. RM