Here in the Philippines there is always a shortage of budget accommodation. Everyone is aiming for the market of around P8,000+ per month rental yet the average worker is earning less than that. Looking for accommodation in the region of P800 – P1,500 a month. Maybe cheap but doesn’t mean they are a bum often they are working away from home and just need someone to rest,wash and eat. People that work in the malls etc are a typical example of people needing accommodation on the cheap. These pop up shipping containers could make an ideal solution as the 20ft you see in the video is suitable for 2 x bunk rooms in real terms P4,000 a month income if at full capacity. The technology in this may seem a bit complicated but often the issue here in the Philippines is transportation costs. If you can stack these units in 4 it would save me P15,000 just in transportation of the truck that could normally only carry one. I can see these being useful for many things including temporary accommodation for festivals where often people are willing to pay over the odds for a little bit of luxury. Great idea and well put together by Flexotel.
These units were provided for Cuffley school in the UK. to add a classroom and music studios to the existing building. The covered walkway is an added feature and one of the reasons I decided to add this to our growing collection of container buildings as here its good for rain but with me out in the Philippines a similar canopy could be used mainly for reducing sunlight on the side of the unit. The vibrant colours also instead of hiding the shipping container building it promotes and uses the walls as a feature giving a happy a bright feel to the buildings obviously inline with their use. Another key factor in this design is the installation time took 1 day no doubt needing a little bit of other work but the main structure was located in a day which in a school building is important in reducing disruption to classes.
Now the priority with the military is functionality not being pretty. But I can see how a little bit of work on the modular structures as well as adding colour to garden areas would actually make this more appealing if in another scenario “general public”. I look at where we are in the Philippines and wonder how much would something like this cost to construct and soon enough I will have worked through the first phases.
Because in the future I would like to look at this as a real project for helping those who cannot afford housing at the same time I would be looking to make it a sustainable project. I have spent the last few years looking at charities and NGO’s and wondering how many actually help. Food programs end up with people waiting for it every day instead of trying to improve their lives. Modular cost affective housing might be part of the solution but education would be badly needed in encouraging people to do things for themselves. Sexual education is still a problem due to the power of the church which is one of the main causes of the constant population boom which needs to stop as soon as possible to let the country fall in line if the population birth rates became under control naturally most other things would actually improve.