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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
BOX PARK 08/2011 from Roger Wade on Vimeo.
The concept and idea is simple interconnecting 40 shipping containers to form up small shop units and literally have a “pop up mall”. Advantage in the concept is utilization of land that won’t be developed for at least 5 years allowing quick temporary and functional usage at a low cost. Putting waste land to work and at the same time creating jobs and an increased retail environment for the local community.
This project was based on three shipping containers from which home designer Leger Wanaselja transformed into a luxury modular home. Its located on eastern hills above San Francisco Bay. The advantage of using shipping containers in this design is that it offers a structured uniform look that only adds to the buildings character as well as the containers themselves are ideal for this purpose due to the design and nature of them because they exceed many of the building standards that would be required for construction at the same time cheap to work with and buy.
How the containers are used is 2 40ft containers are stacked while on the other side another 40ft was cut and stacked leaving the central area as the sitting room and stairwell area which was opened up by a high glass wall from floor to ceiling.
One of the most common defence mechanisms people come up with when you mention shipping container homes to them but what if I could show you something with an even smaller floor area?
This Pod styled building has height to its advantage but obviously not a lot of width. Doesn’t mean its not practical and in fact with house prices so expensive in most cities how easy is it to find such a piece of land that others overlook completely?
Inside its not exactly expansive of space but it is using the best of its available room and making it functional as well as practical. Lower level offers the bathroom,kitchen and dining facilities as well as a seating area while the second level gives you a desk and bedroom area. The top small space is designed for storage. This isn’t a concept by the way its being constructed by Polish architects Centrala. It has been designed as a studio apartment for Israeli writer Etgar Keret as well as open to other artists and writers.