Research and Creative Work

In the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado Denver, students and faculty engage directly with our vibrant city, dynamic community, and magnificent landscape by working on real projects that make a real difference. 

The Big Small Home

Photo of big small home model
Student Researchers: Robby Cuthbert Faculty Advisor: Julee Herdt

The Big Small Home: Eco Design Using Steel Shipping Containers

The Studio Competition Challenge: To design a small, 500 square foot or less, factory-produced home; one that plugs into an existing and larger, small home. The plug-in home, as the competition project, will be removable and transportable. It will also exemplify beautiful, affordable, low maintenance green design for healthier living. Shipping containers, modified and manipulated, are the project design and construction framework.

Robby Cuthbert's design fulfills this challenge expertly, showing design excellence and cohesiveness with the existing small home. 

Drawing of steel shipping container home

Computer rendering of shipping container home

Photo of big small home model

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