Skip to content
Travis Price, a Washington D.C.–based architect, recently explored the challenge of tuning shipping containers in an exciting 24-occupant apartment building in the Brookland neighbourhood.

Speed is what convinced Grace and Joiner, the client, of eschewing traditional construction in the first place. “The big driver was building 8,000 square feet during summer vacation,” Travis Price Architects associate Kelly Davies explains of the enthusiastic response. Price adds, “Assembly means cutting out all slow, weather-dependent steps. The really important thing is that efficiency translates to ecological benefit.”

The construction process of the SeaUA, that’s the name of the development, took only few months.

Besides plucking existing resources from the waste stream, the SeaUA design adapts them with sustainable-building strategies in mind, chief among them super-insulation (four inches of closed-cell spray foam) and natural ventilation. “Cross-ventilation occurs in the common space, when low operable windows on the dining room side and high operable windows on the living room side are opened,” Travis Price Architects associate Davies says. Daylight penetration as well as installation of ductless mini-splits, boost energy efficiency.

Via GreenSource + Travis Price Architects


On Key

Related Posts

How to incorporate sustainability and well-being in restaurants

A number of entrepreneurs in the hospitality sector is fine-tuning their businesses to promote sustainability and wellbeing. Angie Pajak tells us about her ongoing project with Reif Othman. Let’s learn what Reif is doing to transform his restaurant in safer and environmentally-friendly spaces for his customers and his team

Read More »

LEED Rating System | 5-minute guide

LEED® – Leader in Energy & Environmental Design – is the world’s most widely used green building certification program. Developed by the US Green Building Council, LEED® is a voluntary rating system.

Read More »