To be honest this really annoys me the fact that as part of Re:START a project is being sued in Christchurch New Zealand after a pop up shopping mall was installed. Why? for breach of intellectual property rights interesting concept considering that its “shipping containers!” its not even a new idea as shipping container malls have been in existence in third world countries as well as other locations for some time. But this doesn’t stop the owners of Boxpark Mall out of London from trying to coin the idea as their own. On top of the fact the concept is not new Christchurch in New Zealand has done this project as part of getting life back to normality after an earthquake that killed 166 people but let that not get in the way of the developers of Boxpark Mall. Personally I would say boycott Boxpark Mall if your in London as this intellectual property nonsense has got out of control on a lot of things where people assume they can just sue and get away with bullying their way through life.
City Mall in Christchurch, New Zealand has come up with a quick construction project after New Zealand’s earthquakes earlier this year. This pretty much put the central area of the city off limits except for demolition work. The shipping containers have been converted into two clusters of 25 shops with 2 cafe’s hoping to get the city centre back to life and the centre of the community. Maybe a thing we are going to see more and more with the reduced costs of construction of shipping container buildings as well as the earthquake resistant designs.
1. Utilizes wasted shipping containers that may never see any other use.
2. Economically its a cheap solution to home building.
3. Ideal for emergency and disaster relief.
4. Quick to construct and even fast if modular internal fittings.
5. Stackable giving a quick and easy solution to “adding the games room!”.
6. Easy to source shipping containers to buy internationally.
7. It will give a unique and interesting home.
8. Creates minimalist living allowing people to de-clutter their lives.
9. Almost anyone can build a container home or at least design it within basic metrics.
10. Ease of conversion from a shipping container to a home.
11. Able to say “I did that” when its finished.
12. Environmentally friendly and a symbol of environmental awareness.
13. Fashionable building concept.
14. Smaller homes mean a small land needed either giving a cheaper purchase price on land or a bigger garden.
15. going minimalistic also means that your electrical and water supply could go off grid due to drastically reducing your use/waste.
16. Sets the standard to show your kids you are doing your bit in helping the planet.
17. Friendly community of shipping container home builders professional and DIY.
18. Brings a house within reach of people who cannot afford one otherwise.
19. Hurricane resistant.
20. Earthquake resistant.
21. Typhoon resistant.
22. Can be constructed in modular form then transported to site making it easier to build.
23. Lots of great ideas on how and what to build on the internet to help you with your first shipping container home.
24. Can be made mobile or semi-mobile for those travelling such as in the construction industry.
25. Practical and in a frame structure that is easy to understand.