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Move Over Art Deco: Shipping Container Architecture is Moving into Indianapolis

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Indianapolis’s Art Deco architectural style is pretty much everywhere you look – from apartments to homes, tall buildings downtown, plus educational and public structures. But there is a new construction trend catching on in the city and throughout the state. 

In communities like Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Terre Haute, Bloomington, South Bend, and Muncie, private business owners, commercial developers, community organizations, and residents are choosing to use old shipping containers to anchor their building projects. They are attracted to these unconventional building materials because of their durability, security, and unique look. 

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This blog will provide examples of how this building trend is emerging in Indy and other parts of the state. You’ll learn about projects like townhomes, low-income housing, Habitat for Humanity projects, and professional and retail development. 

Developer Creates Shipping Container Townhome Community in Northern Indy

Container Builders, a developer in Indianapolis, invested about $5 million to develop a three-story townhome using 32 shipping containers on vacant property in the north part of Indianapolis.

The units are expected to have about 1,975 sq. ft of living place, each individual with a two-auto garage on the first floor. Every home is expected to have a rooftop deck, and all garages will be accessed from the rear. 

The homes will be in the Kennedy King neighborhood and just a five-minute walk from West Fork Whiskey, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, and the Monon Path. The project is expected to be finished by mid-2022. 

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Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County builds shipping container home

In Indiana, Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County recently took on a historical project - converting a shipping container into a home.

Wendi Goodlett, president of Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County, said one of the most challenging things about building a shipping container home is designing it to maximize the tiny space for quality living.

The 320-square-foot shipping container will be customized into a one-bedroom, one-bathroom home with a living room and combined kitchen/dining space. Goodlet said they expect this home to provide a long-term housing solution that is especially beneficial to low-income households on a fixed income.

The shipping container is being built at Habitat’s new neighborhood, Osage Place, directly east of RCA park on the southwest side of Bloomington.

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Maple Leaf Crossing in Munster, Indiana, Showcases Shipping Containers

A developer in Indiana put cutting-edge shipping container architecture to work recently when he made plans for Maple Leaf Crossing, a commercial space located at Calumet Ave. and 45th Street in Munster, Indiana. 

The project’s initial phase included several commercial buildings, including professional offices, retail, medical, restaurant, warehousing, and container architecture. Maple Leaf Crossing will consist of six buildings with more than 120,000 square feet of office and retail space.

According to a news story in the Times of Northwest Indiana, Maple Leaf Crossing offers unique local shops, professional space, and an extension of the Monon Trail path through the middle of the campus, providing bikers, walkers, and businesspeople with a new place to meet for lunch, shopping or a night on the town. 

The new Maple Leaf Crossing development in Munster will bring cutting-edge shipping container architecture to the region — a School of Rock music school, a Hyatt Place hotel, a four-story office building, and new retail shops and restaurants.

Munster’s Maple Leaf Crossing will be the most effective implementation of container architecture in the Chicagoland area to date. 

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