When I seen these home designs it instantly appealed to me as the use of natural foliage for shade is something that can also be utilised for shipping container housing as we all know sitting under trees in the shade makes things a lot more bearable so why not put an entire house or apartments under greenery?
GreeNOLA (NOLA being short for New Orleans, Louisiana) took the win in a Global Green Competition. It was submitted by New York-based architects Andrew Kotchen and Matthew Berman of Workshop/APD.
The GreeNOLA plan takes six houses and two multifamily units which employ energy-efficient appliances, solar power and recycled building materials. Also integrating child care and a community garden in the hope this will help cut down on pollution and reduce energy consumption by at least 50%.
Although runner up with ShotgunLOFT by Frederic Schwartz of Schwartz Architecture didn’t win his design works well with modular construction and trellis’s to give natural shade stepped away from the buildings. On top of looking at the design and home elements the cost of building the units was also looked at by the designer who came up with a self-help/sweat equity financial model. Which I agree with as it brings in the human element of pride and being part of the project.
Shipping container homes have existed in other forms besides the yuppies wanting to do something positive and the fanatical greens. Its a practical home for hunters and fishermen due to the price and characteristics of having a shipping container as a home. Location is always an issue but the thing with the container when being sited it can transport most of the materials with it inside for whatever purpose its required. This home is made from two 40ft shipping containers and designed for its off grid location with a composting toilet solar photovoltaic power supply, a solar water heater as well as a biomass heater. From the outside it doesn’t look too exciting but inside its gone down the route of a traditional hunting lodge. I would advise dropping by The Chive for more photos and information as they have various parts of the construction going on so you can see the project being developed over a time frame.
The construction of the shipping container home involved stud partitioning using 2×4 batons that was then insulated and panelled over with wood. Double glazed windows were also used on three sides of the home.
The home offers two nice bedrooms and a bathroom with a composting toilet. The back of the container home is also partly buried to help with insulation helping to create an ambient temperature. A wood burner stove takes care of those cold winter nights.
Via The Chive
Not exactly a modular home but its still modular in form. These would be a welcome sight in many an airport as it would allow a quick nap with all your luggage secure, making those long haul flights with long waits between destinations at airports bearable. Arch Group came up with this novel idea and its size is only 4 square metres in floor space. Mood setting LED’s adjust to give you the ambience you need to relax and it has just enough room to suit 3 people to have a power nap before carrying on with the journey.
Thing is travellers are more concerned about time and money. Going to a hotel takes both and shelling out on an overpriced airport hotel at that. These temporary and moveable structures offer up a very viable solution as you can rent it for as little as 30 minutes. Good ventilation also helps keep the Sleepbox fresh as well as electric blinds to help shut out unwanted light and a bit of privacy to get changed.
The Stockbox Grocers venture idea is to bring essential groceries and fresh produce to urban areas that struggle for access and cost of healthy food. The first miniature shipping container grocery store opened in Delridge in Seattle. Its the prototype of the venture and will be tested at its location for 2 months before looking Stockbox look to introduce other mini grocery stores around Seattle.
The concept and hopes of Stockbox is that it will become easy for residents to walk or bike to the stores to buy fresh food. A small grocery store can meet the needs of urban communities and in reality it used to! We have been slowly converting things to suit the car and the out of town shopping when in theory these places should never have been removed. The advantages of this model though is partnering deals will be struck to allow the Stockbox grocers to operate on car parks around Seattle. The other positive thing about this venture is its targeting the people within communities that only have public transport as an option which isn’t the greatest when looking to shop.
Monday September 12th seen Ferrence and Jacqueline Gjurgevich open the first store at West Haven Apartments car park in Delridge. The small stores can handle 5 customers at a time only need one attendant and will be open 7 days a week.
“A lot of people who come in are breaking down the myth that people of low income and mixed income don’t want access to organic or natural food,” Ferrence tells GOOD. In the first week, the shop proved to be successful and interestingly enough, the most popular items were orange juice, lemons, Dave’s Killer Bread, corn and Annie’s Mac and Cheese.
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.
Another sign that shipping containers aren’t all hippy and moving more into a trend that’s becoming fashionable was the arrival of Tommy Hilfiger at the old Templehof airport in Berlin.
Put together by Artdepartment-Berlin for the Bread & Butter fashion trade show the shipping containers appear almost invisible behind all the signage and graphics which reflects the modern design and up market brand. The other side of this is it makes sense and I can see it becoming more of a trend in the exhibition and shows market as construction on site took 1 day and 3 days of outfitting which is extremely quick for something of this size.
Another step in the right direction of removing the stigma of “ugly shipping containers” to cool and modern.
The convenience store look is a bit misleading as these businesses aren’t used for that. At first I thought the pretty ladies in each one of them had been brought along with the photographer but in fact they work in the stores. They are Betel Nuts Stores like me your first thought is “what?” well the thing is the bethel nut is used to stay awake the introduction of the girls in the windows is to “attract” drivers as they pass by to stop and buy from the store. It obviously works as there seems to be a lot of them, All transactions take place outside of the store.
At the same time getting back on topic! the shipping container store does seem to be a success story for using for this business and probably many others in Taiwan. Although obviously not as green as they could be (i.e the big air conditioning units) as well as the fact they are mainly used as a fish bowl to attract sales meaning they also have a lot of glass. They are still a recycled shipping container showing that even in hot climates they are being utilized for shop fronts.
Source :- Magda Biernat