Liray House – Shipping Container Home By Proyecto ARQtainer In Chile

Shipping container home - Liray House by Ruben Rivera Peede - Chile

This shipping container home in Chile was created by architect Ruben Rivera Peede named “Liray House”. Its base size had to be no more than 115m2 and very low cost in construction with a completion price of $75,000. It was constructed in less than 3 months on a lot of 6775m2 with the property being located in an eastern corner to give the best views of the Andes mountian.

5 containers were used to construct the home as well as it being raised 55cm off the ground. This not only allows passive air movement but also reduces risk of damp as well as allowing things like plumbing pipes to be installed easily as most work was carried out off site. 2 40ft containers make up the bedrooms while 3 other containers create the living spaces. The original container flooring was removed and replaced with hardwood. This is probably to do with toxins within the floor rather than anything else as it could have been boarded over.

On the insulation side Projected Cellulose was used which has an internal density of 45 to 60kg/m3. It helps reduce heat build up as well as heat loss depending on the time of year. It also removes hollow sounds from the building as well as being extremely fireproof. Another important factor is that Corten steel is used in the shipping containers as this is a rust proof and highly damp proof material. Always worth checking the “structure” of a shipping container and either go for Corten or Aluminium.

Source :- Ruben Rivera Peede

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Maximising space inside a shipping container home

The problem in the West we think home we think big.. we think of more and excess and the “we can’t live without items”. But then again how many of those items can you really live without?

Once you have an idea of reduction you have a step forward in the way your container home can be.

best use of a small space bed,wardrobe and bedside tableHere you can see the bed, small steps and side table alongside a wardrobe. Maximising the width of a small space. Underneath the bed is the storage space which is ideal for those with luggage and I can see this being used in things like modular hotel systems.

under bed storage space wash basin and hob combination

 Combining wash and cooking facilities into one reduces space drastically as generally we are doing one or the other so makes sense. At the same time strongly advise good earthing (ground) to reduce risk of electrocution.

You have to remember you may be losing some of the worldly goods of excess inside but you are gaining the environment on the outside allowing living spaces such as gardens and views over a concrete jungle.

Shipping containers are too small to live in as a home

One of the most common defence mechanisms people come up with when you mention shipping container homes to them but what if I could show you something with an even smaller floor area?

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This Pod styled building has height to its advantage but obviously not a lot of width. Doesn’t mean its not practical and in fact with house prices so expensive in most cities how easy is it to find such a piece of land that others overlook completely?

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Inside its not exactly expansive of space but it is using the best of its available room and making it functional as well as practical. Lower level offers the bathroom,kitchen and dining facilities as well as a seating area while the second level gives you a desk and bedroom area. The top small space is designed for storage. This isn’t a concept by the way its being constructed by Polish architects Centrala. It has been designed as a studio apartment for Israeli writer Etgar Keret as well as open to other artists and writers.