A Shipping Container Gallery based in Oslo by MMW for Alexandra Dyvi not only is a cheap method of construction but also extremely environmental when using recycled materials especially if the containers themselves in this case are near their final destination. But also the containers themselves are in keeping with a dockside look.
Due to the lack of light in shipping containers because of no windows the addition of circular windows opposite each other allows strong northern light to pass through, as well as rectangular end windows bringing plenty of light. The original site was one of ship building which is another in keeping factor of the shipping container structure. Especially when you introduce walkways and steel ship type steps.
The structure itself is made up of 10 shipping containers which were then insulated on the interior before covered in plywood and sheetrock.
Its still something that is being debated on the practicalities of using shipping containers as homes. At the same time showing some of the benefits of shipping container housing can hopefully answer some of those questions.
- First thing is excess to requirements, they are easy to come by and not hard to find ports full of them and at a cheaper price than traditional construction methods would cost for a similar structure building block.
- In international shipping the shipping containers are cheap to come by due to having a short life expectancy for shipping often only a few years, unless your living somewhere like the Philippines where I have seen containers still in daily use from the 80s!
- By design they are made to resist harsh seas and oceans and this gives not only a strong building structure but also an anti corrosive structure avoiding the salt air. The strong reinforced floors with marine glade plywood or timbers, vandal proof robust doors as well as weather resistant paint make it a hardy building block.
- Modular construction use is also something that is important as you can build a home in phases with a bit of planning adding shipping containers as your budget allows.
These are but a few of the positive reasons shipping containers make great homes but lets not stop there, searching through ContainerLiving.net you will see many other uses from doctors surgeries to schools and even radio stations. Then add to that the emergency housing aspect allowing moving containers around the world to disaster zones or construct on site as well as being able to construct entire villages in a short time period make the shipping container not only a single based solution but a multi functional concept for many of the worlds problems.
Sean Godsell designed emergency and relief housing that utilize recycled shipping containers. They can be mass produced, inexpensive to construct and maintain, and easy to ship and stockpile, the containers are a standard 8 feet wide by 8 feet high by 20 feet long. Adequate for temporary housing and relief in an emergency situation. and adequate size for temporary housing. The future shack design also allows for use of local products for such things as the formation of the roof.
The front of the building offers a ramp for access due to its raised height as the legs also allow adjustment for uneven ground. The walls also raise to provide extra shade and create a makeshift balcony. There is also roof openings to allow ventilation as well as the roof canopy. Making the building not only functional in an emergency but also so it feels more like “home”.
Inside the container the walls are lined with plywood and features built in furniture. A table and bed that folds down from the wall and another wall that contains the plumbing fixtures for the kitchen and bathroom. This design allows maximising space as folding the table/bed away allows the room to be multi purpose as well as space and functionality when needed.
The design of the building offers functionality with a simple but homely experience. It may not be the greatest of interior designs but its not supposed to be, practicality and costs are the main concern here and it meets those issues well and on budget.
Anderson Architecture + Nishiyama Architects, built this Japanese home although not made from shipping containers i thought it was an important find worth posting. The first thing is the use of natural materials that could brighten up any container home with things like solid or plywood ceilings with an added beam affect. The next was the layout of the structure as you can see it would fit in with using shipping containers very easily side by side or even better create a span across a few containers to allow maximum space with the least amount of material waste. The blend of natural woods, metal and white paint also give an airy feel to the property to give it a much wanted feeling of space.