There are some shipping container designs I just ask the question “why?” when I see them and this is a typical example of why I am left questioning the point. The shipping container home by Adam Kalkin may have a transformers type conversion by utilising hydraulics for the shipping container home to open up by the single press of a button but its simply not practical. Adding roof canopies and slot walls to the dropped out areas would make it a working home but all I can see is a shipping container full of mod cons that needs a building to be housed in which defeats the object of it being a shipping container home.
It does have a kitchenette, dining area, books and shelving as well as a sitting room with sofa and tables. But no walls or ceilings on the exterior. Artist or architect making a name for a design maybe?
At first it may not seem relevant to a shipping container home but then when you start to see the design uses, size, shapes and overall use of space they do fit into container homes as either something that can be done with shipping container homes or for getting some ideas. At the same time modular floating homes also bring up some new questions such as why aren’t more people doing this. Here in the Philippines there are plenty of locations these types of homes would be safe from tidal damage or bad weather but also may be a cheap solution to some of the housing issues in the Philippines or even space for those yachting enthusiasts looking for a weekend getaway with friends or somewhere to return to in the evenings.
Or for waterways that aren’t prone to heavy flooding or rapid waters they could also make an ideal stop off floating hotel for boat tours or a bit more of a unique experience. The natural cooling of the water will help keep these buildings at an ambient temperature although the power connections could initially be an issue to get to the homes at first unless solar/wind is used.