As I look at housing and the way its gone in the last 60 years there has been huge changes from the original prefabricated manufactured homes that were generally concrete built and primarily to house people after the bombings of WW2. Originally designed to be replaced at some point these manufactured homes have only recently started to see their demise and replacement of brick built skins going up the exterior before the removal of the concrete. They were never supposed to be up this long yet even now its still not difficult to find these types of homes in the UK and obviously partly to blame for the term “concrete jungle”. The 60s seen the rise of concrete being used for everything and the housing developments that were supposed to be the cities of the future ended up landing flat on their faces due to high crime, bad planning and poor construction.
Many lessons were learned then and even today things are still evolving, manufactured homes however are part of the housing market that probably can adapt faster than any other housing market as well as offering up and implementing many green solutions as they go. The big argument then is on the fuel usage to move the homes yet they have to be built somewhere and in a factory type condition where they are built in mass production wastage is minimised, labour maximised and new technologies easy to implement. One thing for sure is that its a market that is geared towards the customer to deliver what the customer needs which is another driving force in not only making the houses ultra modern but also extremely green in materials.
Manufactured homes are without a doubt one of the industries that can have a more positive impact on the housing market at the same time help others to improve their services as well. The cost reductions involved with pre-manufactured homes also allows labour savings which can be utilized somewhere else in the home such as adding solar panels or other technologies the house may have not thought of or couldn’t afford otherwise.
This design is rather interesting although not a shipping container home its modular formation can work as well as the use of wood and plywood construction would make it light for transportation but also renewable. The construction method is not overcomplicated and even someone on a low budget could piece one of these together bit by bit if they wanted to. I am also pretty sure most locations you would be able to get this through planning as a “temporary building” or even as a shed depending on the building codes.
The “Casa Alemana” is a prototype of an energy-efficient house based on the “Solar Decathlon” contest-winning design from the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany. The house demonstrates new, innovative German construction technologies for reducing home energy use by making the most of solar energy. Learn more about “Casa Alemana”. The “Casa Alemana” won, both in years 2007 and 2009, the international competition “Solar Decathlon” promoted by the United States Department of Energy.
An interesting concept for “roof sitting” by dropping these on top of empty roof spaces of buildings that are under utilized but for the most part not practical for most other places due to not being stackable and the size limitations. The weight limit of 9 tons though does mean it can be lifted by helicopter or crane into position which does make it a good idea if you have an odd space that it will fit.
For me though the video is more about the utilization of the space within and its glass walling more than the actual building itself. It does show what can be done within a small home.
Not my first choice of colours and design for the exterior paintwork but the Conhousewas 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.
Natural cooling is something I will be covering in more detail in the future but I wanted to open up with this concept design which doesn’t look 100% in the garage access for example but the way its built into a hill side does throw up some very good natural cooling abilities. The fact that it appears 3/4 of the modules or shipping containers are underground allows the natural surrounding earth to not only keep it cool during the day but also warm at night. I originally was looking at an underground shipping container in a similar way for cheese making back in 2007 to keep an ambient temperature here in the Philippines. Also constructing inside the hillside does give a lower impact visually on the construction of the home which is also very appealing.
When looking at modular or shipping container homes every now and again you come across something amazingly unique and different that change all the rules you were originally working with. This modular home is built more with the outdoor person in mind or as a weekend retreat than a main home. At the same time I could imagine a small cluster of these types of dwellings in a rural setting or along a beachfront very easily. This home was designed by Tommie Wilhelmsen and the first photograph is a bit deceiving on size but once entering the home you can start to see everything is functional. The unique kitchen design along the sitting room wall, the book cases along the wall with a large seating area which could no doubt double as a spare bed. Then the overhanging canopy bedroom which brings a bit of shade over the house entrance to create a quiet external sitting area.
KLC READY HOME I came across this video earlier today which covers many things in a simple process of why shipping containers make a good home but also issues regarding use of ventilation to help cool the home naturally which in budget housing is critical to keeping costs down. The video has also been put together very professionally which also helps in its marketing. The company is based in Jamaica probably where the name ““Kingston Logistics Center Limited” comes from.
The setup is no doubt internationally but also I believe for organizations looking at helping develop shanty towns for example its solutions are viable.
Not exactly a modular home but its still modular in form. These would be a welcome sight in many an airport as it would allow a quick nap with all your luggage secure, making those long haul flights with long waits between destinations at airports bearable. Arch Group came up with this novel idea and its size is only 4 square metres in floor space. Mood setting LED’s adjust to give you the ambience you need to relax and it has just enough room to suit 3 people to have a power nap before carrying on with the journey.
Thing is travellers are more concerned about time and money. Going to a hotel takes both and shelling out on an overpriced airport hotel at that. These temporary and moveable structures offer up a very viable solution as you can rent it for as little as 30 minutes. Good ventilation also helps keep the Sleepbox fresh as well as electric blinds to help shut out unwanted light and a bit of privacy to get changed.
The 2011 Solar Decathlon has seen 20 teams enter the competition from around the world at the National Mall’s West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C. it opens on September the 23rd and well worth taking a look if your in the area. I find the most interesting entry from China doesn’t offer up anything too fancy but I do find a lot of the entries a bit rectangular in design. Nothing wrong with it but the China’s Tongji University design seems to offer something a bit more interesting in shape. Its a personal choice though. Plenty of ideas on show as well as unique and interesting buildings.