An interesting design of home but also using trees for helping shade the home seems to enhance the building as well. Having the central area as a passage between the two containers also assists with natural cooling. A pretty good design for the tropics.
The Winghouse technically fits in a grey area as a container home as it unfolds from a shipping container but can you call it a true container home? The design and durability seems to give a more permanent feel as well as difficult to distinguish that its an unfolding prefabricated home. Total time of construction around 5 hours on site. The design itself as you scroll down the page you will see can be configured for many uses from home to office or even to dormitory space. Interesting design and one that is obviously one that can appeal to a wider audience.
The development of the shipping container industry threw up some interesting design problems as its own success then began the need of variations in shipping container construction. Customers had different needs and its surprising that the industry managed to keep within its standard design structure with such needs. At the same time more modifications to the standards had to be added as new problems developed that hadn’t been seen with such things as the corner standard fittings you see on the shipping containers, but nobody had assessed maximum payloads and containers began to fail because they hadn’t been tested to high stress levels and needs of customers demands. As these failings became apparent the International Standards Organisation was swift to step up the specifications on the standards and the quality and strength of shipping containers improved.
The next issue involved railroad cars as there needed to be shipping container reinforcements on the end plates as the containers had extra pressure added when the railroad cars hitched and unhitched costing around an extra $100 per shipping container.
The next issue was standardising the lengths of units to fit into all shipping situations and this seen the rise of five initial standard shipping containers develop :-
- 20 ft (6.1m)
- 40 ft (12.2m)
- 45 ft (13.7m)
- 48 ft (14.6m)
- 53 ft (16.2m)
The matrix of shipping containers were designed so that they would fit into most fitting needs and being able to interlock the different sizes within ships without difficulty. The U.S. prefers the larger shipping containers while Europe prefers 40ft containers. Adding to this was the weight restrictions to keep the shipping containers manageable but also within restrictions such as road limits for freight this seen the following standard shipping container weights develop :-
- 20 foot: 52,910 lbs/24,000 kg
- 40 foot: 67,200 lbs/30,480 kg
- 45 foot: 67,200 lbs/30,480 kg
- The net load totals are:
- 20 foot: 48,060 lbs/21,600 kg
- 40 foot: 58,820 lbs/26,500 kg
- 45 foot: 56,620 lbs/25,680 kg
The development of the shipping container has seen two materials mainly in use Aluminium and Steel. Most common being steel as it handles the bashing of shipping container needs as well as still functionally light and a cheap material. Aluminium is a more expensive solution but doesn’t suffer with the obvious rust problems that steel does. In recent years though Corten steel has seen its entry onto the market place which is rust and mould proof making it the most practical solution.
A floating home which appears mainly from timber construction but offers an interesting design for a home on waterways. No doubt could be adapted if not already to utilize sustainable materials. The home was actually prefabricated and travelled from the contractors workshop from another location on the lake. Although the timber frame also makes this a lighter home for construction, I am sure that shipping containers could be used in the same way as the shape of the home could easily be adapted to shipping container usage for recycling containers at the same time if looking to do something similar. Here in the Philippines for example timber isn’t always practical due to cost as well as termites. Which is the main reason most construction here is done in concrete.
Most people think of prefab construction as being off-site pieces assembled on site – floating a whole house was quite a task but saved time, energy and money in the long run. It is a rare building that can be more cheaply built to float than to sit on land.
There are some interesting design aspects of Steele Design’s Escape P.O.D. namely the use of natural ventilation although have a concern about roof removal of a container and also if tropical like here the overhangs would be better further out for not only catching more cool air to cool the building but also to prevent a soaking if there is heavy rainfall and a side wind. Concept is good though very minimalistic but no doubt could be easily functional.
Simple and functional is the way to describe this shipping container café which was hand painted in a mock wood finish by designer Richard Woods internally while the outside is bright green. The shipping container was provided by Mr Box as part of the town’s 40th anniversary celebration. Its an interesting design which is obviously something that can be utilized by other companies for similar uses.
Photos :- Denna Jones