Ok not exactly a tent and it isn’t exactly camping but this is why they call it glamping a mix of luxury living with the essence of camping. The shipping container configuration though is one I like extremely as the L shape offers up a bit of privacy while being in an open space. Ideally suited to a weekend retreat rather than home living unless your prepared for a minimalist lifestyle but one of the best ways to maximise two 20ft shipping containers I have seen.
Alterra offers rooms in refurbished shipping containers in the woods of Pinamar, an upscale beach resort 350 kilometers south-east from Buenos Aires. Due to its nature and design its more inline with a hotel or hostel than any campsite you will come across but I suppose that’s the idea. The wealthy can afford to pay for a bit more at the same time still want to be in touch with nature and relax without being in a large scale hotel full of other people.
The design was done by local architect Clorindo Testa which is housed on a 32,000sqft lot which also includes an art gallery. The mix of traditional construction home and adjoining shipping containers at the main house is also an interesting blend as it does show how easily the shipping containers can become part of a home.
The containers are also recycled and use energy efficient lighting as well as appliances. No trees were removed either the containers were placed around them which is also another good thing. If your thinking glamping at Alterra is for you be aware that the starting price of a container is $250 per night.
An interesting design of home but also using trees for helping shade the home seems to enhance the building as well. Having the central area as a passage between the two containers also assists with natural cooling. A pretty good design for the tropics.
Walls have been smoothed off but won’t know how good until they have been painted this week. Also started to add the metal sheeting to the garage walls, all going well and even the electricity company showed up on Friday afternoon and trenched a hole for the electrics. Lets hope the power goes on Monday.
This is an idea that could get round some of the size issues of a shipping container as it allows another unit to slide out from inside the container. Advantages being if done on rails for example you could literally push half your room inside the other and lock it up for safety or moving. The concept could work well for not only for things like mobile research labs but also in the field for emergency projects as it would allow doubling of floor space without too much effort. The article was originally posted in 2004 but thought it of use as I myself have only looked at the door area for balcony extension and not this type of slotting module which is a great idea.
This unit may seem a bit basic but it all depends on your location. For example living out here in the Philippines I often see people sleeping outdoors as they find it cooler. Which also means they are not as fussy as many westerners are which is why something like this works. Its not only for the purpose of sleeping but the ability to move to where its needed as well as offering a secure environment for possessions make the design basic,cheap and functional.
Another fine example of taking what seems to be a stack of containers into a luxury home. As you can see in the photo there is no fancy shapes or designs in the structure but actually doing what containers do and stacking them. A few of the container sides have been removed to open up the rooms.
As the roof is added the home starts to take shape an added bonus to the shipping container structure is that the extra strength in recycling the containers actually makes the roof structure strong enough to add a green roof.
In the third photo you can really see the home start to look like a luxury house at this stage its a case of adding insulation cover and/or over cladding www.sgblocks.com who design these homes say that for energy efficency adding the appropriate coatings you can see a reflection rate of around 95% on exterior radiation as well as a strong resistance to lose interior heat/cooling. On top of that a great infiltration barrier against water.
One thing for sure with the world recession in play many people have woken up to the practical uses of using shipping containers as homes.
What I like about this shipping container office is its functionality. Its not going to need a lot of maintenance and its kept everything based round what you need rather than what you want. The lining of the walls on the inside with what appears to be washable panels also makes good use of the unit as no doubt its been well insulated behind the panels.
I do wonder why companies aren’t utilizing these types of structures more especially for things like mobile sites or for using land that is currently not ready for construction but could be cleared and rented out with small office units for income while the construction project is on hold. Some of these large scale developments could be for years or even things like the U.K. where you get supermarkets buying up land in the hope of blocking its competition being able to build is another prime example of wasted land that could be using these types of buildings to help stimulate small business growth.
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!