Photos: Paula Alvarado.
Although the idea seems simple the thoughts are far reaching, The educational points in different parts of the city are part of the Proa foundation in La Boca neighborhood, Buenos Aires. Developed by arcihtecture studio a77 utilizing a shipping container and recycled materials to make furniture.
"The Nomad Cultural Center is a project of urban pedagogy whose goal is to generate bonds with the community and to find in it a fertile ground for learning, with active participation channels through experimentation, workshops, laboratories and other actions alike," say the organizers of the space.
The project follows a77’s study of transitory habitable spaces, and its modular nature allows it to be adapted to different spaces and situations in the city.
The first place it seen its use was La Boca a neighbourhood that not only is a tourist trap but also houses one of the worst polluted rivers on the planet the Matanza Riachuelo. The free activities teach about sustainability and people were asked to think of all the fish and birds that used to exist in the area which are now gone, adding to this to think of other cities and how they will become in the future. Environmental awareness for the next generations.
The interest in shipping container homes is increasing rapidly and no doubt its a mix of those looking for environmental homes as well as those suffering with the recession taking standard homes out of the financial reach of many. InterModal Design from Hive have come up with 6 shipping container cabin designs. Understanding the limitations of shipping container homes Intermodal Design studied Japanese home design as well as yacht interiors. This is mainly down to the fact that minimalist and functional are pretty much applied to both types of homes where much of the furniture is multi use and often will disappear into a wall or an opening to maximise space when not in use. On top of this Intermodal Design are looking to utilize green technologies such as LED lighting and low water consumption fixtures. Going off grid is also an available option within the design teams ability.
Rendering credits: InterModal Design and Hive Modular.
Things may appear a bit quiet lately but its all good to be honest except the cause! What happened is prices got to a point where I couldn’t see it currently being viable to buy one as it strained my budget too much to the point I couldn’t complete to sell the first one to buy the second. So being practical skipped it for a few months moving to things we need for the workshop as well as the apartments I am currently constructing here in Cebu, Philippines. What is happening instead of buying an expensive container and struggling through with trying to finish it to sell on a shoestring budget I have started to put together a shopping list of tools and machinery to allow rapid conversion once we get things in full swing. At the same time I have decided to abandon selling unfinished containers simply down to the fact the sellers are greedy and if I am being ripped off I don’t want to rip you off so advise go look for yourself then I am not the one over charging.
Currently the shopping list will consist of :-
- Table saw
- Router table (Will build)
- Air compressor + tools
- Welding machine
- Cross cut wood saw (we already have one for metal)
- New drills
Not a big list but an expensive one, ideally though the tools will be offering a better finish on many parts of the internal fittings as I was a cabinet maker/carpenter previously so being able to construct some things like under drawers for chairs and other furniture allowing maximum storage space as well as other useful things for within the units. I am currently taking caravan designs onboard as they offer the maximum amount of practical use for the minimum of space. So although the site has gone a bit slow doesn’t mean I have forgotten!