A barber and T-Shirt printing shop in one, a shipping container maybe the best option for many start up business units especially if leasing land as it can be dropped and then moved when you move. At the same time securely locking away your store front every night. This same location has another two shipping containers being used for other things, a bed spacer (room rental) which sees a 20ft container split into two bunk rooms and a battery and car/motorbike oil sales office. I have to admit they haven’t gone overboard on concealing the fact they are containers but then again do they have to? Here in the Philippines people generally aren’t bothered by the looks of things on the exterior and often the best seafood restaurants for example are just a BBQ and a few tables and chairs at the side of the road.
An interesting video showing how to utilize shipping containers for classrooms and homes in Haiti. The other important thing here is the strong structure of the shipping container units which if it had been used more prior to the disasters in Haiti no doubt more lives would have been saved. Many lives and houses have been lost due to poor construction and going down the shipping container route does mean for a lot of the safety of the home or school in hurricanes or earthquakes your reliance on a poor builder isn’t needed. The building itself as a shipping container had far excelled anything that the local building codes would find acceptable and a building that will be able to ride out the storm.
Hope more of these types of structures are being utilized in Haiti to help things get back to normal.
Not the greatest of videos showing construction of shipping container homes but more to do with the fact its going mainstream and cost affective. Previously modular structure housing based on the same dimensions as shipping containers has been used for years for things likes classrooms,doctors surgeries,morgues,hotels but its only in recent years have we start to see it leaking into the general public developments and even more importantly starting to gain recognition for its viable use as low-cost housing.
For me its a bit of an odd one for sustainable development as an assessment of multi-crops is needed to see if it really is viable for every day use in city dwelling surroundings. Ok we are saving on transportation and lighting,pumps and heat come from solar panels but is it viable?
Many neighbourhoods would see kids running around on the roofs of these units damaging the solar panels at the same time in an upmarket area they don’t blend in. So where do they go?
Not scrapping the idea just trying to see where its viable in urban surroundings as the concept seems mainly to do with reduced travel. Places such as the middle east without a doubt these would be highly useful and productive but in the middle of New York or London?
I think if anything they would be more suited to being hidden away in things like railway arches and other spaces that are often not practical for other use as daylight doesn’t seem to be needed although if doing it myself I have to admit I would look at Louvre ventilation and a roof that allows light to pass. I’m out in the Philippines my main issues are electricity and bugs container farming would work urban scale here but the way things are developed to the West is very different.
Mono-cropping with shipping container farms may be useful for locations such as hospitals,military bases and other high volume and subsidised food locations but still trying to see how this concept fits into Joe public’s way of life. I can see how it works but like many things with shipping container homes and other buildings its to do with planning and surrounding areas more than anything else. Roof top gardens are probably a more viable project in many locations which makes me wonder are we better trying to get people away from daily gardening introducing automated systems or trying to educate people to be more green with the land they have?
Its no accident that countries like Japan and China are already living in small scale homes the fact is the big cities land prices have grown rapidly while many salaries remained stagnant. The fact is we are looking at a world population that is globally growing at an extremely rapid rate which is putting stress and demands on everything around the planet.
Shipping container homes as a box may seem an unworkable living space to many right now but after living in the Philippines I see many people who would be more than happy to live inside a shipping container compared to what they have and this is one of the things we are slowly losing “choice”. Fact is prices are still well above what a sustainable market can afford for housing in the West and its not always about being crammed in like sardines its also about the fact cost of living has increased dramatically in the U.S. while its seeing its unemployment rising rapidly as well. Even with land mass your still talking a lot of money for a small parcel of land meaning that shipping container homes could be the future of the wise investor well aware that many people still want the myth of the “American dream” while them themselves decide to go minimalistic renting out their home or using investment capital to gain income themselves instead of buying a larger home that rapidly becomes a money pit and a drain on finances.
You do have to wonder why so many places have strict building codes against such developments but then again its pretty obvious why you introduce so many requirements for everything these days right down to international procedures and even having a process in place gets a gold star once audited. Its all about giving away control to the bigger players in the game who can afford to waste money on all this wasteful legislation a typical example is the new light bulbs that come with a fitment that isn’t standard and extremely expensive in comparison to standard light bulbs. Does it save energy? maybe but when you can buy a cheap bulb for less than £1 in the UK and these bulbs are costing nearly £20 as well as needing specialist disposal where is the environment benefiting as well as our cash flow being wasted? Its all about taking opportunity away and introducing the corporate single way of life riddling us with debt and a fake belief in that its normal to always be owing money to others when in the past debt was seen as a bad thing. I remember looking back at the 50s and 60s in the UK credit was difficult to come by and often people only used it as a last resort often by pawn shops. It was a shameful thing to be in debt while today the reverse has happened.
Its for this reason as well as many others I can see shipping container homes being the way forward as the way to beat the banks and debt are to find ways to make container living more conventional and acceptable. Small box living is a cheap and cost affective way of reversing fortune from debt to being in credit by being able to slam university debt or other costs previously incurred as the square footage of a small home is a tiny footprint that is also stackable to maximise square footage in the smallest of floor areas. Giving the rise to multiple homes in the same land slot.
Ruby Sketch has come up with this ingenious shipping container home which looks very modern while offering energy saving that can allow this home to run off grid without mains electricity for up to 2 weeks at a time. Takes less than 3 weeks to construct and easy to crane lift its definitely an option for many looking for either an off grid container home or a starter home. I keep hearing the tiny home or house movement. But I think containers are more suited to pods and “pod living” may be a better concept name for small shipping container homes.
I for one support this type of living as it helps keep people debt free. But also as a student before in the UK and knowing many the prices for rents in the area I lived were scandalous as well as house pricing. Maybe these types of homes are more suited for the new generations over large costly homes that are currently being built.
The U.S. since the recession began has had a wake up call to the fact property is over valued but also the fact that getting on the ladder often is not only expensive but like a ball and chain that can financially ruin you if the markets suddenly changed.
16 year old Austin Hay in Sonoma, U.S. has been building a 130 square foot mobile home that he plans to take with him to college and wherever he needs to go from there.
Total cost around $2,500 but more importantly Austin has already got his head screwed on to housing market and being more of a responsible teenager than many adults have been prior to the housing crisis. Starting on a budget home means you can develop as your budget allows without taking on huge debts and its interesting to see that its the younger generations starting to take the lead.
Berkeley-based architect/owners Karl Wanaselja and Cate Leger’s bought an $1,800 refrigerated shipping container and transformed it into a backyard office/studio.
Cutting out openings allowed large windows to be installed as well as putting the shipping container into a T formation. The fact that the insulation already existed in the container as well as the interior of the container being “food grade” meant that it didn’t need as much work as a basic container and those paranoid about toxic paints its unlikely to have any ill affects due to its previous type of use.
The architects may have had doubts about the viability of shipping containers for this use previously but as you can see in the video themselves they are more than happy with the result.
A perfect example of how a shipping container mall can enhance an area as well as being a bustling business environment. One of the big issues of starting businesses in a city is getting a store the right size for a budget. Shipping container malls could be a solution to the problem offering up starter business modules or as we see here geared towards a specific type of customer which brings all the brands into one place.
We reported on the Starbucks shipping container drive through previously but now we have some photos of the first one. If this takes off very likely you will see more and more of these types of Starbucks cafe’s appearing as they are not only cheap and practical but also highly mobile allowing moving to new lots if better contract conditions crop up for store positioning.
The artwork added around the shipping container also makes it more of a feature than a blot on the landscape. Its things like this which make cargotecture more acceptable to the masses or more importantly allows then to be passed by planning authorities as they blend or enhance rather than damage the look of the surrounding area.