Light-filled shipping container home is an artistic triumph in the French countryside

Industrial chic meets country living in this contemporary shipping container home in Meuse, France. Spray Architecture designed this two-container home, named Un Dernier Voyage (French for “a final journey”), for writer and sculptor Gabrielle Vella-Boucaud who wanted to settle down after years of traveling. The 1,184-square-foot French countryside home is filled with natural light and a beautiful collection of the artist’s sculptures.


Set above pier foundations and a bed of white gravel, the Un Dernier Voyage house comprises two all-black metal containers: a larger unit for the living quarters, and a smaller volume that serves as the artist’s workshop. The main unit overlooks the pastoral landscape through a large wood-lined outdoor patio that spans the width of the home and multiple large glazed openings, the majority of which double as doors, according Inhabitat.


Like the facade, the interior is kept minimalist and maintains an industrial chic vibe. The corrugated metal is left exposed on the ceilings and supported by black metal ceiling beams, while long metal ducts and naked bulbs are suspended from above. The walls are painted white to reflect the natural light and provide a neutral backdrop to the colorful sculptures that punctuate the space.


The bedroom is located near the middle of the building and opens up to the north-facing outdoor terrace and views of the outdoors. An open plan kitchen, living, area, and dining room are located on the east side, while a smaller study is placed on the west. A secondary covered patio on the south end serves as the point of entry.

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One thought on “Light-filled shipping container home is an artistic triumph in the French countryside

  • December 30, 2015 at 3:59 am

    What is price of container home?


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