This well crafted shipping container home can be found in El Tiemblo, Spain and was the idea of James & Mau Arquitectura. Formed out of 4 x 40ft shipping containers it has an area of over 2,000sqft. A great home showing keeping the shipping containers in a stacking position doesn’t actually look out of place especially with good interior design.
Upcycle Living who are based in Phoenix are looking to bring the affordable budget shipping container housing to the mass market. They produced a 2 bedroom home at a green street fair in Phoenix and already the orders began to roll in. Although still not cheap at around $100,000 but demand and interest still seems readily available.
The basic 2 bedroom home was 1,280 square feet built by utilising four fourty foot shipping containers. The exterior wasn’t modified to allow people to see the home was in fact shipping containers. In the future the addition of solar panels and a shade screen are already on the cards. Inside recycled hardwood floors as well as sustainable bamboo kitchen cabinets keep the home in keeping with the green feel.
The other side of the concept is the saving of around at least 2/3rds on traditional building methods which for people taking on mortgages could be a huge chunk of change saved.
The other positive out of this home design is they have kept with the original stackable use of the shipping containers which also makes it faster and easier to construct with compared to fancy designs some architects go for. I quite like this design to be honest as its practical and shows what can be done to make a container a home.
The Sugoroku Office designed for and by the Daiken-Met Architecture firm located in Gifu, Japan has some typically Japanese features at the same time innovative and modern. Internally sleek and well thought out while the outside I can’t help feeling its half finished. The orange barriers are typical of temporary warning barriers and the stairs seem almost cartoon. But I suppose this is what sets it apart from normal at the same time gives the building some features. The building has been designed to be mobile and can be dismantled for movement.
Shipping containers are often seen as “not” the way to go in housing development but City Centre Lofts have seen the potential to move into not only single dwellings but for city living and I can’t blame them. The truth of the matter is they have done their homework on the cost of structures comparing other materials and can see a 25% saving on the building method using shipping containers for condo development. As well as keeping to its green values they are looking at 50% use of recycled materials as well as other green enhancements to the properties.
City dwellings are always restricted to cost which translates into land use having stackable shipping containers converted into condo homes offers up a real solution to city dwelling especially as the world population continues to increase.
When companies realised that a new market was emerging a quick fix was found and marketed in the Ceramic coating markets to insulate shipping container homes in reality it was fake. In fact the information they used to justify the Ceramic coatings being used couldn’t be replicated and on top of that you could pretty much get the same result using white paint which is a lot cheaper and easier to find. In reality the best method is SPF insulation (Spray Polyurethane Foam) which is a sticky mixture that fills the voids easily creating a solid wall of foam. I would recommend using this internally with stud partition that you panel over once insulated. Another issue people are overlooking is condensation which causes rust although its not as bad as people often make out due to the design of the ISBU which stands for “Intermodal Steel Building Unit.” It doesn’t rust easily its designed for some of the harshest environments on the planet and has not only got to deal with what the weather throws at it but also being thrown around. Its a solid piece of equipment and if treated properly is going to probably out last most people who convert over to the new modular way of living.