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Ship-shape construction.

Sven Pirkl of Redondo Beach, Calif. has literally built on the idea of reuse, using shipping containers as the foundation for his family's home.

In partnership with Manhattan Beach, Calif., architecture firm DeMaria Design Associates, Pirkl has set out to build an environmentally friendly home with a construction bill that comes in at roughly half the cost of a traditional home, which is estimated at $200 per square foot in Southern California.

The home also takes advantage of other unique construction materials, including acrylic sheet products from CYRO Industries/Degussa of Parsippany, N.J., that were used in a number of interior and exterior applications from windows to noise-absorbing walls. The modern home has a final price tag of $135 per square foot.

The home is built from eight shipping containers that have been painted white. To further lighten the space, the Pirkls and DeMaria wanted storefront windows in the 8-foot-by-8-foot container openings. Because of the oddly sized container frames, stock windows could not be used and a custom option was needed. The architects chose CYRO's Acrylite FF acrylic sheet for the openings, which would provide UV-filtering capabilities as well as shatter-resistance.

More information on the project is available from DeMaria Design Associates at
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Date:Feb 1, 2007
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