The photos below were taken by the client owner of the shipping container home being constructed in New Haven, Connecticut.
What interested me most about this design is that they went for a more traditional looking home rather than leaving the shipping containers on view externally. Although it is a shipping container home it does seem miles away from the concept with its exterior finish.
Its not far off being a home and more importantly doesn’t look anything like a shipping container.
The interior finish is very typical of normal home construction and doesn’t stand out. If anything going down this route has helped hide the shipping containers completely.
Currently looks more like a school house until the cladding and windows are added below.
Nearly finished and the shipping containers start to disappear into the design.
These Shipping container accommodation units were built up in Saskatchewan Province Canada for 3Twenty Solutions. They specialise in buildings for mining and oil companies.
Due to the harsh locations many of the buildings have to be brought in during the winters over ice roads and due to the harsh weather its difficult to also construct on site. So prefabricated and shipping containers are the perfect adaptable home for the job. Providing shelter for the workers as well as being easily mobile with most units near completion before they are moved up to their final destination as a shipping container home for mining/oil workers.
The shipping container house that we designed in New Haven, Connecticut is now complete. But I wanted to share his video of some of its construction as it does show how certain parts of the shipping container home are made.
As you can see the formations of the windows are made from angle as well as steel supports being added to not only strengthen the central section of the shipping container home but also to help with the joining of the shipping containers.
When I seen these home designs it instantly appealed to me as the use of natural foliage for shade is something that can also be utilised for shipping container housing as we all know sitting under trees in the shade makes things a lot more bearable so why not put an entire house or apartments under greenery?
The GreeNOLA plan takes six houses and two multifamily units which employ energy-efficient appliances, solar power and recycled building materials. Also integrating child care and a community garden in the hope this will help cut down on pollution and reduce energy consumption by at least 50%.
Although runner up with ShotgunLOFT by Frederic Schwartz of Schwartz Architecture didn’t win his design works well with modular construction and trellis’s to give natural shade stepped away from the buildings. On top of looking at the design and home elements the cost of building the units was also looked at by the designer who came up with a self-help/sweat equity financial model. Which I agree with as it brings in the human element of pride and being part of the project.
In one of the worst hit areas from Hurricane Katrina which left heavy flooding in its aftermath developers have come up with a new prototype home that is designed for rapid deployment for areas blown away by hurricanes and tornadoes or knocked down by earthquakes.
The Roese Sunshower SSIP house in New Orleans is designed to be shipped in a single shipping container as well as for rapid deployment as a quick housing solution that is also permanent as well as strong enough to withstand other calamaties. Adding to this a solar panel array to help with recovery as it can operate off grid.
As you can see the wall sections are formed from SIP eps foam core encased in a Galvalume steel skin. I have used similar in the construction of large freezer/chiller buildings and factory units in the UK as the method is not only light but very easy to work with. Adding to that its also moisture resistant and works as a hydroscopic thermal mass which helps to remove heat from the building.
Models were submitted as part of a design competition and the winning entry was the Roese Sunshower SSIP house. Lots of good ideas and rapid deployment is always key to disasters due to the camera switching off generally public interest does to. So getting it done quickly while there is still public support and funds is always critical.
HSH architects came up with this unique project called ‘residential containers’. They added containers onto rooftops of existing buildings. They added extra rooms to existing buildings while the existing attic space was also converted into bedrooms and cloakroom space. The sliding dividers give an interesting way to split up a room and make it multi functional as well as opening the room up for natural light to enter.All structures have been built using common building technologies and materials (timber, glass, metal, plasterboard). to emphasize the difference, the original roof structure has been kept rough and no surface treatment has been done .
This well crafted shipping container home can be found in El Tiemblo, Spain and was the idea of James & Mau Arquitectura. Formed out of 4 x 40ft shipping containers it has an area of over 2,000sqft. A great home showing keeping the shipping containers in a stacking position doesn’t actually look out of place especially with good interior design.
Probably one of the strangest buildings we have come across but it all actually makes sense. The shipping container is both inside and outside of the building but the shipping container isn’t as important as the other parts of the building. But the ideas that come with the design could be for other shipping container homes. French architect patrick partouche created ‘maison à lesquin’ which is a dual use building for living and office. Based in Lesquin, France two large greenhouses sit with a metal building between them. Due to the nature of these large green houses they act as thermal insulation for the whole building. The steel frames covered in polycarbonate sheeting allow use of the building throughout the whole year and when its too hot the convertible roof will open to let heat out, at the same time large doors on the perimeter can be opened to allow airflow.
In the winter the reverse happens where the building is closed up but the suns rays heat up the green house areas which in turn heat the whole building. In the evenings or if its too sunny there are large white curtains on tracks that can be adapted to your needs.
This student accommodation is pretty neat in design and was carried out by French firm olgga architects and it was named “Crou” not sure of the meaning. But the shipping container housing for students is well thought out and a good example of stacking containers to maximise their potential as homes. You can see the shipping containers at Le Havre, France.
The housing design doesn’t seem so bold or obtrusive for the neighbourhood. The use of exterior green also makes it seem more friendly and inviting.
The shipping container house plans look very practical and maximise the space without seeming to make the studio’s feel small.
There are some shipping container designs I just ask the question “why?” when I see them and this is a typical example of why I am left questioning the point. The shipping container home by Adam Kalkin may have a transformers type conversion by utilising hydraulics for the shipping container home to open up by the single press of a button but its simply not practical. Adding roof canopies and slot walls to the dropped out areas would make it a working home but all I can see is a shipping container full of mod cons that needs a building to be housed in which defeats the object of it being a shipping container home.
It does have a kitchenette, dining area, books and shelving as well as a sitting room with sofa and tables. But no walls or ceilings on the exterior. Artist or architect making a name for a design maybe?