Simple, practical apartments created from metal shipping containers nearing completion

A busy Washington D.C. neighborhood is looking for a fast and affordable way to construct and house people in a popular student-housing area.

Their solution? To build four levels of apartments made out of repurposed, metal shipping containers.

The long, boxy containers are expected to be their own private apartments, but remodeled to feel less claustrophobic and industrial.

According to the Washington Post , the project architect is hoping to make each apartment feel open and outdoorsy with big windows, greenhouse materials and wooden floors and accents.

Each floor will have six apartments, each with a bedroom and bathroom.

The Washington Post says anyone can live in the container apartments once they're completed, but that many of the units are already spoken for and will be rented out by students.

Construction of the complex is expected to be finished in August, but  many surrounding residents aren't happy with the construction.

Many neighbors are complaining about the disturbances and the idea of living next to a tower of metal boxes, saying they will have to eventually leave.

The project creators are hoping that once the project is finished, they will pave the way for more simple and practical housing ideas in the highly populated area.

Other areas outside of Washington D.C. are also utilizing shipping containers as a means of innovating and constructing new properties.

Buzzfeed created a list of gorgeous properties constructed from containers featuring modern architecture, rooftop gardens, tall ceilings, fireplaces and more.

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