Constructing Shipping Container Dormitory Blocks–Manila Philippines

Concrete base being constructed by local workers with steel uprights.Initial concrete bases and supports being built

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Shipping containers arriving to site and being dropped onto the supports and into position.

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shipping container being unhooked and locked into place

Now the containers are in place work starts on turning them into a dormitory first job cutting all those windows.

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Next job is the internal framework of all the beds to be used in the dormitory as well as a few partitions going up for privacy.

steel bunk beds being made

Dormitory starts to take shape and the beds and walls become more recognisable as a workers home!

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Dormitory takes shape and starts to look good

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Outdoor sink areas made from concrete start to take shape.Outside sinks made from concrete being installedconcrete sinks being installed

Staircase now installed into position and its starting to look on the road to completion.

metal staircase outside shipping container dorm

Extra roof over the container complex helps reduce heat in the building.

shipping container dorm gets its second roof

Handrails are added not just as a feature but also to help the guard monitor people entering and leaving.

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shipping container building from the road looks very professional

Looking at the building from the road it gives a very professional finish to the property as it no doubt improves the look of the neighbourhood due to the amount of work gone into the design.

 

Shipping Container Worker Dormitory Manila Philippines

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Workers in Manila as other parts of the Philippines struggle to get low budget high quality rentals. This shipping container dormitory does seem to have the answer for cheap construction but also a better class of living for those with a small budget. Air conditioning and a bed as well as onsite restaurant for P1,500 a month is extremely reasonable and no doubt a big hit. A lot of cheap accommodation in the Philippines normally consists of a rundown room with no air conditioning or cooling system as well as possibly just access to a single bulb light. This on the other hand seems very geared to peoples needs and no doubt has a lot of extra services downstairs besides the kitchen such as charging stations for mobile phones. All in all I think its a huge step forward in quality for workers in the Philippines and look forward to seeing more of these types of building.

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The second set of photos are from the same place but a different building. As you can see they have traded the bunk bed dorms for more private cubicle styled beds. Not for everyone but if your on a tight budget with a limited salary I know more than a few Filipinos that would happily live in these compared to their current rentals. From a business point of view though is it viable? Counting all the beds up your looking at 98 just for the upper level and as you can see in the yellow one being constructed its beds lower side as well so roughly 200 beds at P1,500 per month giving an income of P300,000 per month even if you took out all the expenses because obviously the snack bar and other things on site increase the revenue I would easily expect to make P250,000 a month from this venture in the right location and obviously someone else seen the same vision.

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Shipping Container Fire Training Facilities

Although technology moves on in Fire Training Facilities are still needed to do the basics as well as develop teamwork. One of the problems is creating a unit you can train in again and again especially if setting fire to it! This is where shipping containers fill the gap as not only cheap to construct and also adaptable to different designs they are also hardy against fire for training.

Fire Training Facility

Although a lot of training is done in front of a computer screen and other training scenarios there are things you can’t get to work except in real world situations and the Fire Training Facilities offer the best way to develop these skills as well as overcome any problems that people may have in a controlled environment. For example someone may be great on paper but how do you know they suffer from a fear of confined spaces or heights without physically putting someone in those situations?

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Another advantage of using shipping containers is that the Fire Training Facility can be moved allowing smaller fire stations to gain access to localised training that they may not have otherwise.

Shipping container Fire Training Facility

Shipping container Fire Training Facility

The robust structure as well as its building block type system also means you can adapt the buildings for different scenarios or specific training that is needed. Generally like most things if an accident happens there is then reassessment on how something was done and obviously being able to recreate something to see if it could be done another way the training facilities can be utilized for that task.

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Its interesting how surplus shipping containers have found their way into many parts of peoples lives directly or indirectly to think your local fire teams may have trained in them or the military and police using them for other types of training facilities does make you wonder what’s next for the shipping container?

Shipping Container Homes Wrong Idea?

I keep hearing people saying how bad the idea is for shipping container homes due to cost of moving the units as well as the space but is it really?

In reality a shipping container home can be built modular and with a small skill base, no architect, no builders, no big expenses so why is it wrong?

When you have bugs who do you call? Get the yellow pages!

When you want chicken for dinner do you go to the farmer next door or the supermarket?

These are reasons why shipping container homes are shunned upon because it breaks the consumerism barrier where your told you have to do something instead of thinking about how can I do it.

A shipping container home gives not only opportunity and a home but freedom and although you make have a bit of a pitched battle going on to get it sited its worth it.

When I look at costs of construction and mortgages its very quick to see that you can save 1/3rd if not more on cost because you reducing labour as well as being able to do it in affordable stages.

I have an added advantage of fighting the corner of the shipping container home movement in that I do have an internet troll with nothing better to do than be negative. Odd thing about shipping container homes is I have yet to meet anyone who built one that said it was a bad or wrong idea. Why? because normally they are debt free because they did most of the work themselves.

Shipping Container Home Panama

Shipping Container Home Panama

I am always interested in new locations  of where shipping container homes are being utilized and today I came across this one by Fred and Cynthia in Panama. Their blog is also interesting as it goes through the various transition processes from A to B and everything else in between. Another home builder happy to share their information on how they got the home of their dreams and built it themselves.

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I recommend visiting their blog about building a container house in Panama as they have a lot of useful information to share as well as an interesting read.

Space Saving Furniture For Container House Or Condo Living

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This video is rather important for people to understand that living small doesn’t have to be ugly or unpractical. The furniture designs in this video show how this type of furniture can save a lot of space around the home as well as be multi functional. A desk that turns into a bed, a wall that turns into bunk beds etc. etc. in reality these pieces of “real furniture” are great for shipping container homes but also for small rooms or condominium homes for furniture.

Disaster Relief Container Homes – Green Container International Aid

Green container International Aid have realised the possibilities of rapid house development due to the shipping containers natural structure. On top of that it obviously is a housing development that is designed for more sustainable living. After years in the tropics myself  you see weathers offer the extremes from hot sunny long days to heavy rainfall and flooding and a shipping container home survives these issues without too many problems. Add to that over the problems of concrete housing such as the need for water and materials being moved to site for construction or going down the timber route to find problems with termite infestation the shipping container often comes up as the most viable for many projects especially if rapid deployment is needed.

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All Terrain Cabin – Canada (shipping container retreat)

Keep it modern, keep it simple, keep it outdoors the All Terrain Cabin has been designed within a 20ft container frame which has folding walls and a space big enough for a family of four and even a pet to live in off grid. The advantage this unit does have over many is that it can be transported due to its flexibility of folding up its sides and then can quickly be moved to its new location. The other thing I can see here that hasn’t been utilized though is you could add awnings to increase your outside space for the elements while making them more functional.

 

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All Terrain Cabin - Canada (shipping container retreat)

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Container prefab home – ConHouse from Slovenia

Not my first choice of colours and design for the exterior paintwork but the Conhouse was introduced to deal with high housing prices and a declining affordable living space in Trebnje, Slovenia. The worst affected and no doubt why the designs and colour schemes were directed in the way they are is towards the younger more upwardly mobile generations who are likely to be struggling to get onto the housing market.

The design is based on two containers placed on top of each other with the upper unit overhanging the entrance giving shade and a pathway area while the other side creates a patio or rear terrace. With the way the containers are positioned it also allows a small roof deck type balcony to be available on the upper floor via sliding glass doors.

The staircase has been designed in a minimalistic way which suits the design and age group of the buyers the home is aimed at. With the added floor to ceiling windows although small and compact I can see the appeal of this style of home.

 

 

Compact Container Prefab Home - ConHouse from Slovenia

Compact Container Prefab Home - ConHouse from Slovenia

Compact Container Prefab Home - ConHouse from Slovenia

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Disaster Relief Shipping Container Home City Concepts

When I came across these yesterday I thought wow some great ideas going on here but they had “Haiti” plastered all over them. No offence but the disaster relief as well as low cost housing solutions shouldn’t be limited to Haiti. These places would work not only for poor but business sector workers in developing nations where city prices are expensive. Quite simply they are fantastic images and I can see how these shipping container homes could quickly become a shipping container city.

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But more importantly they aren’t ugly! They are however very viable for many uses although staircases need altering for safety reasons on the images but the concept in general is fantastic.