Although technology moves on in Fire Training Facilities are still needed to do the basics as well as develop teamwork. One of the problems is creating a unit you can train in again and again especially if setting fire to it! This is where shipping containers fill the gap as not only cheap to construct and also adaptable to different designs they are also hardy against fire for training.
Although a lot of training is done in front of a computer screen and other training scenarios there are things you can’t get to work except in real world situations and the Fire Training Facilities offer the best way to develop these skills as well as overcome any problems that people may have in a controlled environment. For example someone may be great on paper but how do you know they suffer from a fear of confined spaces or heights without physically putting someone in those situations?
Another advantage of using shipping containers is that the Fire Training Facility can be moved allowing smaller fire stations to gain access to localised training that they may not have otherwise.
The robust structure as well as its building block type system also means you can adapt the buildings for different scenarios or specific training that is needed. Generally like most things if an accident happens there is then reassessment on how something was done and obviously being able to recreate something to see if it could be done another way the training facilities can be utilized for that task.
Its interesting how surplus shipping containers have found their way into many parts of peoples lives directly or indirectly to think your local fire teams may have trained in them or the military and police using them for other types of training facilities does make you wonder what’s next for the shipping container?
Although this shipping container isn’t a home I thought its design was a bit interesting in the use of trellis work to hide the metal side at the same time still allowing air to grow through no doubt once the plants develop it will give the building a bit of shade similar in the way I was talking before about building trellis slightly away from the sides of containers to allow airflow as well along the gap formed between trellis and container side. But also looking at the container more closely it becomes pretty obvious a simple restaurant or canteen can be formed without too much work with the ability to add extension roof canopies off the shipping container to extend the seating area etc. Which many people may assume isn’t ideal at the same time like here in the Philippines most people are concerned about the quality of the food and a bit of shade over most other things. So for a budget restaurant could easily see it working here.
Container homes don’t have to be ugly homes and here is a design and built home in Bangkok in an area that suffers with high heat.
A roof was added for heat reflection as well as a gap underneath to allow airflow, adding the porch canopy also assists in removing heat from the main building. The added deck area also gives a large open space to sit and enjoy the surroundings especially if this type of building gets used in a vacation home type scenario were your escaping the city for the weekend.
Not big, not overbearing simply compact and functional. Something that would suit many beach,resort locations with a more scattered approach to buildings instead of one main block. At the same time size wise ideal for even the smallest of lots.
Designboom‘s summer offices are located on the island of Sardinia away from their main base in Milan. Bit of a retreat from the city living the team started to work on their idea of building the summer offices out of shipping containers. An ideal solution to the problems with Sardinia’s strict building codes as shipping containers like many other parts of the world fall into “temporary” accommodation. The three 20ft shipping containers were adapted for a live and work space for the team during the summer months. Not a shack on a hill but fully working and functioning electricity,water, air conditioning and high speed internet.
Two of the containers are set in an L shape manner with a gap between them used as an outdoor kitchen diner unit being made in the gap. The third container is used for the bathroom and shower room complete with composting toilet,washing machine and sink.
The containers have also had sliding doors installed that fit snug behind the shipping container doors to allow plenty of daylight and cross ventilation into the structures. The added bonus of the L shape layout being that if too much wind comes off the waters they can open the shipping container doors to create a windbreak for the eating area.
The containers were painted with ceramic paint SUPERTHERM® but no insulation has been added.
ContainerLiving.net came about to share information about shipping container homes but as I researched more and more it became very obvious shipping container homes are just a small part of the opportunity in constructing with shipping containers.
I have a strong interest in developing nations as well as destroying poverty, one of the biggest problems I have come across over time is misuse of funds on projects that simply shouldn’t have been built in the first place. Shipping containers for schools for example make a perfect solution for many countries especially in places like Haiti that seen many of its buildings collapse when the earthquakes hit. Shipping containers are robust and may even offer a protective pod solution in such an emergency, but more importantly is not going to cause the damage and deaths that other building types did.
The building green issue is always an arguable one as people sit there with a calculator talking distances for delivery and loading/unloading but the other way I look at it is your looking at a hardy module that is going to last with low maintenance and low construction costs. Education is the key to many of the worlds problems as I have found personally living in the poverty ridden country of the Philippines. Talking to people you find very obscure understandings of how things work and causes and solutions of diseases. In reality what kept many of these people alive in the past has disappeared with modernisation and corporate manipulation. Replacing herbal remedies used for centuries with “vitamins in a capsule” or selling baby milk over breast feeding. When it comes to building green its more about shaping minds than the bricks and mortar aspect.
We have seen a cargotecture revolution in the last few years initially with high house pricing that seen people looking for cheap alternatives and now with the recessions same solution is filling the gap with other housing issues. At the same time we need to start thinking of what to do with all these surplus containers for other uses as simply many are going to just sit there and rot otherwise or even worse melted down with a high carbon footprint.
When thinking about green construction and building with shipping containers its worth noting the unique building blocks ability to adapt to many uses and easily be adapted for almost any situation. They are stackable, you can hack big holes out the side for doors and windows as well as use environmentally friendly green insulation, roofing and flooring. Making contact with universities or in the U.S. the American institute of architects and request professionals who offer “green building techniques” you may even get a lot of advice for free or at least be able to get hold of professionals that know what they are doing as well as possibly cutting edge technologies.
A perfect example of maximising space with a shipping container home and I can see this sort of space being utilized in many towns and cities where people can’t vision something fitting into a gap.
This was built by architects Pieter Peelings and Silvia Mertens of Sculp(IT). Who reside in the containers as a workspace and home. Ground floor being the work floor, 1st being dining, third relaxation and sitting room. Finally reaching the 4th level with great views and a spa. Although not giant at 2.4m wide and 5.5m deep it does give a practical, functional property that slots in to the smallest of spaces.