Ok not exactly a tent and it isn’t exactly camping but this is why they call it glamping a mix of luxury living with the essence of camping. The shipping container configuration though is one I like extremely as the L shape offers up a bit of privacy while being in an open space. Ideally suited to a weekend retreat rather than home living unless your prepared for a minimalist lifestyle but one of the best ways to maximise two 20ft shipping containers I have seen.
Alterra offers rooms in refurbished shipping containers in the woods of Pinamar, an upscale beach resort 350 kilometers south-east from Buenos Aires. Due to its nature and design its more inline with a hotel or hostel than any campsite you will come across but I suppose that’s the idea. The wealthy can afford to pay for a bit more at the same time still want to be in touch with nature and relax without being in a large scale hotel full of other people.
The design was done by local architect Clorindo Testa which is housed on a 32,000sqft lot which also includes an art gallery. The mix of traditional construction home and adjoining shipping containers at the main house is also an interesting blend as it does show how easily the shipping containers can become part of a home.
The containers are also recycled and use energy efficient lighting as well as appliances. No trees were removed either the containers were placed around them which is also another good thing. If your thinking glamping at Alterra is for you be aware that the starting price of a container is $250 per night.
Container homes don’t have to be ugly homes and here is a design and built home in Bangkok in an area that suffers with high heat.
A roof was added for heat reflection as well as a gap underneath to allow airflow, adding the porch canopy also assists in removing heat from the main building. The added deck area also gives a large open space to sit and enjoy the surroundings especially if this type of building gets used in a vacation home type scenario were your escaping the city for the weekend.
Not big, not overbearing simply compact and functional. Something that would suit many beach,resort locations with a more scattered approach to buildings instead of one main block. At the same time size wise ideal for even the smallest of lots.
This video is a bit different to the rest simply because its taking on some of Japan’s traditional ideas for open space. The roof structure is also a bit different to everything else as it appears to have a complete set of scaffold poles that have carried a porch like space right over the container in all directions. Maximises space but not sure of its practicalities but only time would tell. Here in Cebu we get heavy rain in the Wet season so a separated roof would actually have some benefits on noise reduction at the same time I would have to look at its justification on costs as well as how it would fair in heavy winds.
The bathroom layout is fairly practical on this one and appears smaller than others I have seen as its gone for the 8ft width with a long bathroom (entrance from external) instead of the other way round which most people seem to do. The hollow block walls that seem to make up the dividers seem a bit overkill for me though its finish would look very clean.
Japanese shipping container home
Container House in Texas by Jim Poteet
Stacey Hill lives in a San Antonio artists’ community and requested that Jim Poteet construct a unique home at which point Jim started with a shipping container and turned it into a multifunctional building with a square footprint not much bigger than a garden shed. A good use of the larger part of the container as well as outside gives the property a feeling of space. As like most container homes the bedrooms are always generally small but I think the open space makes up for it.