Currently we haven’t constructed one here although I have worked in the modular industry as well as container buildings in the UK previously. Reason for being slow off the mark is simply been busy with daily life and also looking for the right location to construct. My wife sent me these photos a few years back of someone’s house construction and as you can see (probably the way I am) it would make one fantastic container home.
The whole design is lots of open spaces blended with modular units giving space for a growing family as people can be on their own floor and at meal times etc. be able to all be in the same place. The other factor I like about this home is the amount of land it takes up on its lower level as it will fit on many lot areas here in the Philippines easily and this one is already here in Talisay, Cebu (near us). The other important thing here though is generally city planning isn’t a problem below 4 levels which also fits in with this home and our requirements.
An interesting home that doesn’t look over complicated and if placed right will have the benefit of shade on an embankment or hill during the day giving it a cool airy feel to the home. The other thing I like about it is gaps between floors as it all helps with ventilation. You can either live in an insulated box here for air conditioning or work with the elements to cool the house. If I can find the house will try and visit the owner to discuss the construction and any problems they had but I can see our container home being built with a similar design in mind using concrete pillars for framing.
Shipping container modular buildings may not be the first thing to spring to mind when thinking of filling a companies needs in a tropical climate. At the same time anywhere near the ports it makes a lot of sense as its in keeping with the local area as well as easy to have delivered. Here in Cebu, Philippines I spent a day looking for shipping container modular buildings around the city and port area. A couple of reasons in doing so the first one being most people can’t believe people would use a shipping container to live or work inside because they are “too hot” and secondly I am very interested in cargotecture and shipping container modular buildings.
This one I noticed when I first came to Cebu and it makes a lot of sense during the day to have seating so high up. Road dust off the main road is bad as well as the surrounding area being built up restricting airflow but also concrete density increases heat. Sitting up above three shipping containers your literally getting the best the local area has to offer with airflow and arguably cleaner air.
Another Shipping container office one of the better developed ones but also its located in a shipping container yard so no issue in getting shipping containers for the project!
JAJ Aggregates is one of the most interesting cargotecture designs I have come across in the local area as its suspended one side of the building in air sat on two concrete pillars (you can’t see its Sunday which is obviously wash day). The two concrete pillars are sat behind the laundry.
A shipping container office still in development. Something to do with a local truck haulier, often people live in the trucks and its likely this is either going to be an office for the vehicle owners or a rest place on route for the drivers. That extra bit of paint will make a huge difference to the left side!
This video is a bit different to the rest simply because its taking on some of Japan’s traditional ideas for open space. The roof structure is also a bit different to everything else as it appears to have a complete set of scaffold poles that have carried a porch like space right over the container in all directions. Maximises space but not sure of its practicalities but only time would tell. Here in Cebu we get heavy rain in the Wet season so a separated roof would actually have some benefits on noise reduction at the same time I would have to look at its justification on costs as well as how it would fair in heavy winds.
The bathroom layout is fairly practical on this one and appears smaller than others I have seen as its gone for the 8ft width with a long bathroom (entrance from external) instead of the other way round which most people seem to do. The hollow block walls that seem to make up the dividers seem a bit overkill for me though its finish would look very clean.
Japanese shipping container home
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.
The designs above are by Tempohousing which are sold for around 20,000 Euros they come complete delivered to site, completely fitted out with bathroom, kitchen, heating, electricity, isolation, windows and doors. Via the local brand ‘Keetwonen’, the company last year finished a student village in Amsterdam. It consists of a thousand shipping containers, distributed among 6 apartment buildings.
But I just wanted to show what can be done with a bit of design with a shipping container and on top of that a lot of the facilities on the buildings can be reduced here in the Philippines as they simply aren’t needed which heavily reduces the costs of the construction. This year we are looking to develop several designs for “factory construction” here in Cebu where things will be either made to order or from stock allowing quick transportation of housing. This part of the market is primarily for students, offices and small homes which we look to build on over the forthcoming years to offer a broad variety of designs as well as options on each model.
One of my biggest ideas for shipping container use is worker housing especially with the new Mall opening up on the SRP once its finished. Bedspacer accommodation as they call it here in the Philippines are room rentals but often the room will be shared due to the limited budget workers have. When I came across this today designed by Zerocabin it makes practical sense. Most bedspacers have a budget of around P1,000 per month each so this would give a monthly income of P8,000 or if really ramming people in there P16,000 a month but would need to use bunks and add some extra facilities for people such as outside sitting areas. If done right though this could be a very lucrative business and even within short stay accommodation it could work for people e.g. wanting an overnight stay before going to the airport wanting to be within 5mins taxi ride or for many other uses. The important thing here though is its cost to construct would be relatively cheap depending on the market your aiming at, accommodation even for “cheap” in Cebu often runs at P900 – P1,800 a night depending on time of year so many options can be utilised and maybe even a practical way to provide housing for your own workers.