Are Shipping Container Homes The Future?

You may be wondering yourself are shipping container homes the future? in reality its not far from the truth as we are looking at huge population growth world wide and possibly starting to have to think seriously about food sourcing and land use.

kowloon, Hong Kong, skyscraper

Hong Kong is the best example I can think of where shipping container homes would be an acceptable use of construction for housing as many of the properties there already fit into the criteria dimension wise. Land is expensive due to being regulated to specific areas which for me makes a lot of sense as long as the density doesn’t get out of control.

Living in a shoe box as some people would phrase it may not be the way most people want to live but at the same time I have found I would rather have larger outdoor spaces than indoor. Give me a garden over a porch any day!

It takes me back to school when someone asked a teacher of mine why they have a small bag and his response was because its full, if I had a bigger bag it would still be full but this way I make sure I have what I need with me at all times and anything else isn’t that important.

He was right and this is how people live in many ways with a big bag, we have lounges, dining rooms, hallways, conservatories,porches,games rooms etc. etc. in reality do we need them?

Personally I think its led to social decline as I would much rather play pool (billiards!) in a bar than in my games room which may mean half the time I play alone. I would much rather have a communal pool that has a life guard than a private pool especially after living in a country that has a strong divide between rich and poor. The community spirit got zapped over the last few years as we got into this economic mess and consumer culture. We lost sight of the fact we don’t need most of this stuff and in fact we let many things fall into decline like community swimming pools and libraries things that once were and should be the backbone of a society.

So are shipping container homes the future? I hope so as it brings in a new phase of responsible living. It brings in a new society that functions and wants to be together, building bonds together and concerns for each other. The demise of “hello” being the only word you spoke to your neighbour and instead a game of cricket with the kids in the evening as a community. We need at least the concept of the modular space of a shipping container to be the home of the future with its outside spaces being utilized properly to form up real communities. Alienation of sub groups has created many of the problems in society yet we have a solution that could work at our finger tips.

2 thoughts on “Are Shipping Container Homes The Future?”

  1. How do we get started. I am from New Zealand, from the Ngati Whatua tribe based in Auckland City. We want to develop low cost housing for our people or tribal members. So, container housing looks really good to me so if you can help me I or we would really appreciate you advise.

    Kia ora / Thanks

    Phil Davis
    Ngati Whatua Orakei Trustee

    1. Hi Phil,
      the first thing you need to look at is the distance from your nearest container supplier as well as transportation costs of the units to you as depending on these factors it may be more viable to build timber framed homes.

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