Grand Designs: A Home with a Twist

Self-employed architect Patrick Bradley's decision to design a bespoke state-of-the-art home from shipping containers was one of vision and necessity. Patrick’s vision came from a passion for sustainable architecture, and he veered in the direction of shipping containers due to cost of a conventional build.
Situated at the family farm, Patrick ventured where no architect had gone before by designing a 1,200 square foot residence - rather than an office or business premises - from four 45 foot recycled shipping containers that sit in a cross-formation placed in such a way that they would overhang. The containers are welded together to create a stunning two-story perpendicular structure. The shipping containers had to be precisely placed on the concrete pad foundations to ensure the structure wouldn’t buckle.
Patrick’s vision for a sustainable home resulted in his decision to use Kingspan Insulation in the floor detailing of the project for the low u-value properties if offered. The end result was a warm home with high-spec detailing.
The project catapulted Patrick into the limelight where he appeared in Channel 4’s Grand Designs programme. At the time of release, it was most watched episode ever in the history of the show.

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