Often people looking at shipping container homes are on a tight budget. On top of that they don’t want to go and do a training course as well as buy something like Autocad which may be all the bells and whistles but with shipping containers you already have fixed dimensions. This pretty much means that your working “inside a box” which sort of limits the amount of mistakes you can make construction wise as it will still need to fit into a 20ft or 40ft container generally.
But what I did come across today was this Google sketch up video someone has put together showing how it can be done and with Google sketch up being free and quick to learn how to use would be a good start for people thinking about container buildings. I am still trying to find the time to get on there myself to start putting models together for different designs that I can give away on the containerliving.net but right now over worked and a busy family life leaves very little time to get started on drawing up homes.
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.
If your looking at making a statement and getting noticed Studio mk27 has been constructed on vibrant coloured shipping containers located in São Paulo’s most upmarket and trendiest neighbourhood. The shipping containers have been constructed 2 high and painted in bright fluorescent colours. The land is leased which is why the client wanted to source a movable low cost solution.
Added to this was a simple two storey high hanger using polycarbonate doors to allow opening up the store giving the feeling of space. The bright colours to give a modern and funky feel to the building is also to do with its location in the Alameda Gabriel Monteiro da Silva neighbourhood which being the last available land lot amongst a row of furniture stores it needed to make its own statement to attract customers with such stiff competition. Decameron Design needed something that had an eye catching design and utilizing shipping containers in this way with the flamboyant colours did the trick. The containers also give space to get an idea of how the furniture will fit into someone’s home due to being able to view furniture within the container units to imagine how it will fit in to the home.
Although these containers were used by journalists in the Sudanese elections it does make me wonder if Expat’s or other travellers would be interested in living in containers as a budget residence for short stay or long term. The fact that these were comfortable in Sudan prove the point that shipping containers can function as a residence without over heating if the right measures are put into place during construction. Also the number of people I have come across in the Philippines trying to avoid paying for anything more than they want to these would fit into their budget as I could easily see these being rented at P4,000 a month long-term in a good location as a basic living accommodation or for budget hotels around P1,000 a night.