Upcycle Living who are based in Phoenix are looking to bring the affordable budget shipping container housing to the mass market. They produced a 2 bedroom home at a green street fair in Phoenix and already the orders began to roll in. Although still not cheap at around $100,000 but demand and interest still seems readily available.
The basic 2 bedroom home was 1,280 square feet built by utilising four fourty foot shipping containers. The exterior wasn’t modified to allow people to see the home was in fact shipping containers. In the future the addition of solar panels and a shade screen are already on the cards. Inside recycled hardwood floors as well as sustainable bamboo kitchen cabinets keep the home in keeping with the green feel.
The other side of the concept is the saving of around at least 2/3rds on traditional building methods which for people taking on mortgages could be a huge chunk of change saved.
The other positive out of this home design is they have kept with the original stackable use of the shipping containers which also makes it faster and easier to construct with compared to fancy designs some architects go for. I quite like this design to be honest as its practical and shows what can be done to make a container a home.
The concept is simple by the introduction of retail units that are highly mobile, ideal for temporary or temp/permanent locations the units can be dropped used then moved. Good for the exhibition circuit as well as conferences and general promotional outlets.
I could see these having many uses especially for new shopping developments as a “taster” or promotion outlets for new stores as the footprint is minimal but at the same time can offer access to a new stores stock and facilities ahead of its main building being built.
Also from a festival point of view could give access to some retailers that wouldn’t normally associate directly with event planning.
The Sugoroku Office designed for and by the Daiken-Met Architecture firm located in Gifu, Japan has some typically Japanese features at the same time innovative and modern. Internally sleek and well thought out while the outside I can’t help feeling its half finished. The orange barriers are typical of temporary warning barriers and the stairs seem almost cartoon. But I suppose this is what sets it apart from normal at the same time gives the building some features. The building has been designed to be mobile and can be dismantled for movement.
There has been a lot of shipping container house plans and ideas hitting the web and to be honest the majority of them are simply not practical. The design of a shipping container is for interlocking into other containers but often you will find architects and design enthusiastic letting their minds run wild without thinking of the practical uses of the shipping container and if the house plans will actually be usable.
Twisting out the side of the container such as the 3D image above is typical where the modular form of the shipping container is stepped away from and instead a second section added in a strange shape. Not only is this difficult to join onto the existing container its also likely to suffer with problems with the roof structure including leaks as you will have to alter the original design to make it work. As well as the issue of weight and the welds all hanging in mid air.
Adding to this is this shipping container house plan in sketch form. Although obviously an idea the staircase costs and issues of development of the shipping container building with its crane simply don’t make any sense.
Ideally when looking for shipping container house plans they should be based on interlocking containers into each other in the way containers were designed. Or on spans using the containers as exterior walls as this is also practical. Generally if it seems more hassle than its worth it probably is and likely to be more expensive than you need to be investing. Architects do have a habit of going overboard as chasing a prestigious award that brings them in more business can often be on their mind more than giving you a practical and functional home.
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.
One thing you can say about the shipping container homes is they have inspired people to not only look at minimum living but also how to maximise how they utilize that space. Add to that the diverse walks of life and creativity that has opened up for home design which is normally left to the architects is now seeing people designing their own homes. 3D design is a bit of a thorn in the side for me as I am not the greatest user of CAD I have the concept in my head and I am good at the mathematics to get over problems as well as work out stress levels but drawings have never been my strong point.
I came across the design today via ContainerLiving.Net Facebook page sent in by the owner of the site edificioscontenedor the design is simple but elegant at the same time. Many of the designs out there are often over complicated that create other issues but this one seems to work especially with the additional carport area.
Its always interesting to see a shipping container home completed. But even more interesting is the construction and the speed that the modules drop into place. Designed by architects Claire Helene Drouin and Jean Marie Sanchez this French home had most of its cutting work done prior to dropping things in. Obviously if you have the space doing it all on the deck rather than having the issue of sheet metal at heights being cutaway makes a huge difference on construction time as well.
The DIY market on container houses is also booming, crazy to think wasn’t long ago people would think you were mad for even talking about living in a shipping container. Yet here we are today finding in some areas a shortage of shipping containers for construction projects, also mixed with reduced imports at the same time they are catching on in a big way. Even homes are starting to emerge for sale which is on the good side if you don’t actually want to go through the hassles of construction.For a DIY self added touch to your container house design your own flower arrangements.
Add to that the emergence of DIY home builders not only constructing but doing the planning phases themselves its obviously a good cost cutting exercise as well as the modular building block shipping containers make it easier for the beginner to understand. Its designed for its strength and to much higher specifications than the average home.
Anderson Architecture + Nishiyama Architects, built this Japanese home although not made from shipping containers i thought it was an important find worth posting. The first thing is the use of natural materials that could brighten up any container home with things like solid or plywood ceilings with an added beam affect. The next was the layout of the structure as you can see it would fit in with using shipping containers very easily side by side or even better create a span across a few containers to allow maximum space with the least amount of material waste. The blend of natural woods, metal and white paint also give an airy feel to the property to give it a much wanted feeling of space.
What I love about this design is firstly its not obvious its a shipping container home and secondly it has that very French flair and feel to the property. Not big but practical having sliding glass doors/windows allows airflow through the property which here in the Philippines is an important point when trying to keep cool at the same time in Europe the fresh air, the sounds of nature are all reasons to use the natural environment and bring it into your home. Great design love it!
This design is MEKA Designed by architects Jason Halter and Christos Marcopoulous although their actual internal design is not what I wanted to talk about today but the over cladding on this side which offers a “clean” look to the shipping container. Obviously offering a more beautified Container Living experience, on top of this its an ideal way to insulate behind the cladding or to even run pipes and electrics out of view depending what you use for the cladding. Here in Cebu I am thinking maybe bamboo would be a good alternative as its readily available and a cheap resource that also has a negative carbon footprint.