August 23rd, 2009

THE BURIED CONTAINER

Since Painting the Doors for Camoflage the Storage Container Blends with the Broader Landscape

Container Doors Have Since Been Painted to Blend in With the Broader Landscape

This 8X8X20 steel shipping container is only visible from the north side of the hill, which faces the house site.

Just Tucked into the Notched Hill, the Container Awaits its Earth Covering

Just Tucked into the Notched Hill, the Container Awaits its Earth Covering

When approaching from the road, the container is invisible–you see only the grassy hills, one of which is crowned with a small ventilation chimney, eventually to be crowned with an ornamental weather vane.

Roof Vent, Eventually a Weather Vane Stand

Roof Vent, Eventually a Weather Vane Stand

The shipping container has been buried in the hillside to create a hidden…and temperature-controlled unit for storage. The door and chimney ventilation allow a through flow of air to prevent condensation and doors are insulated with 1.5” rigid foam.

The interior temperatures vary by just twenty six degrees year round (ranging from 48 to 74 degrees), while outside temperatures range from 10 to 105 degrees. This fluctuation can be narrowed by creating shade  on the exposed metal doors: either by planting a tree or a trellised vine



On This Day it was Warm in the Container

On This Day it was Warm in the Container.

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Two Earthen Berms Built from Excavated Materials, Work to Harvest Rainwater. The Upper Vehicle- Width Berm Also Serves as Access to the Storage Container

The buried container is an experiment in the investigation of the potential for energy efficiency in earth-sheltered structures. Currently the unit houses antique furniture, art work and seeds. Future uses may include storage for grain grown on site, curing cheeses, root cellar or mushroom cultivation. It can also serve as a safe place in the event of a wild fire.

The material removed to create space for the container was used to build an access road that doubles as an earth-work for harvesting rainwater.

A Catch Basin, Upslope From the Road Berm Collects & Holds Rainwater During a Storm

A Catch Basin, Upslope From the Road Berm Collects & Holds Rainwater During a Storm

Berm & Vehicle Access Revegetated Rapidly with the Onset of Summer Rains

Berm & Vehicle Access Revegetated Rapidly, Stabilizing the Soil

The soil covering the container was rapidly revegetated with native plants to prevent erosion and to blend in with the surrounding area.

 Native Flowers & Grasses, Seeded & Mulched in Time for the Onset of Summer Rains

Native Flowers & Grasses, Seeded & Mulched in Time for the Onset of Summer Rains

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