Seeking more cost-effective housing, Sven Pirkl of Redondo Beach, Calif., teamed up with Manhattan Beach, Calif.-based architecture firm DeMaria Design Associates to turn unwanted shipping containers into a foundation for environmentally friendly homes. The team decided on acrylic sheet products from Cyro Industries of Parsippany, N.J., for a number of interior and exterior design applications, from high-clarity windows through which sunlight streams to translucent stairwell walls that absorb noise. The result is a recycled, contemporary, modern home with a much lower cost than a traditional house, according to a Cyro news release. Inset: In another style application, airplane hangar doors were crafted from abrasion-resistant Cyro's Acrylite AR acrylic sheet. The bifolding sheets provide an alternative to the conventional hinge door, and also double as windows.
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