Shipping Container Backyard Office For Architects

Berkeley-based architect/owners Karl Wanaselja and Cate Leger’s bought an $1,800 refrigerated shipping container and transformed it into a backyard office/studio.

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.

Cutting Doorway Opening In Shipping Container

A quick video showing how easy it is to cut your openings in a shipping container for doorways and windows. Not a lot else to say on the subject except some people may be wary of a grinder which means dropping on to the old jigsaw or if your going high tech a thermal lance cuts through the metal like butter.

Shipping Container Homes Threatened As Western Trade Declines?

Maersk Ship Shipping Exports

This is a bit of an odd scenario to be in as I have been hearing for the last year about shortages of shipping containers in specific areas. But now we are starting to see the downsizing of trade and ships taking goods from Asia into Europe with Maersk as well as other companies cutting 20% of its capacity between the regions and no doubt as things continue to worsen that will reduce further.

This does put at risk the shipping container home movement as obviously the less containers to go around, the less viable shipping container homes because of containers starting to maintain a value and the scale of imports and exports may actually improve due to the growth in Asian economies, as people start to want more European products as things level out.

The green movement will no doubt approve of the decline at the same time those just wanting an affordable home may need more convincing.

Constructing Shipping Container Dormitory Blocks–Manila Philippines

Concrete base being constructed by local workers with steel uprights.Initial concrete bases and supports being built

concrete base for shipping container

Shipping containers arriving to site and being dropped onto the supports and into position.

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shipping container being unhooked and locked into place

Now the containers are in place work starts on turning them into a dormitory first job cutting all those windows.

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Next job is the internal framework of all the beds to be used in the dormitory as well as a few partitions going up for privacy.

steel bunk beds being made

Dormitory starts to take shape and the beds and walls become more recognisable as a workers home!

dormitory in shipping container being built

Dormitory takes shape and starts to look good

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Outdoor sink areas made from concrete start to take shape.Outside sinks made from concrete being installedconcrete sinks being installed

Staircase now installed into position and its starting to look on the road to completion.

metal staircase outside shipping container dorm

Extra roof over the container complex helps reduce heat in the building.

shipping container dorm gets its second roof

Handrails are added not just as a feature but also to help the guard monitor people entering and leaving.

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shipping container building from the road looks very professional

Looking at the building from the road it gives a very professional finish to the property as it no doubt improves the look of the neighbourhood due to the amount of work gone into the design.

 

Living in a shipping container home

I hear it so often here that nobody wants to or would live in a shipping container home but I ask you “would you?”

For a start its economical if your renting or even buying purely on the structures size. Then the fact the structure is already constructed in basic form before you start cutting and adding you already have a roof over your head.

But on top of that lets think anti-consumerism its a small space are you going to think twice about anything you buy? the answer will be yes as the first thought is where to put it. In reality your cutting the consumerism trend and becoming more in control of your life. The western world wastes a huge amount of resources and money on stuff they don’t need and often never even use. Living in a container every bit of space has consideration and consequences if given up.

Living in a shipping container home can offer freedom that many people can’t even see that they have removed. Cut consumerism, cut costs it all equals a better quality of life.