Shipping container homes have existed in other forms besides the yuppies wanting to do something positive and the fanatical greens. Its a practical home for hunters and fishermen due to the price and characteristics of having a shipping container as a home. Location is always an issue but the thing with the container when being sited it can transport most of the materials with it inside for whatever purpose its required. This home is made from two 40ft shipping containers and designed for its off grid location with a composting toilet solar photovoltaic power supply, a solar water heater as well as a biomass heater. From the outside it doesn’t look too exciting but inside its gone down the route of a traditional hunting lodge. I would advise dropping by The Chive for more photos and information as they have various parts of the construction going on so you can see the project being developed over a time frame.
The construction of the shipping container home involved stud partitioning using 2×4 batons that was then insulated and panelled over with wood. Double glazed windows were also used on three sides of the home.
The home offers two nice bedrooms and a bathroom with a composting toilet. The back of the container home is also partly buried to help with insulation helping to create an ambient temperature. A wood burner stove takes care of those cold winter nights.
Via The Chive
Another sign that shipping containers aren’t all hippy and moving more into a trend that’s becoming fashionable was the arrival of Tommy Hilfiger at the old Templehof airport in Berlin.
Put together by Artdepartment-Berlin for the Bread & Butter fashion trade show the shipping containers appear almost invisible behind all the signage and graphics which reflects the modern design and up market brand. The other side of this is it makes sense and I can see it becoming more of a trend in the exhibition and shows market as construction on site took 1 day and 3 days of outfitting which is extremely quick for something of this size.
Another step in the right direction of removing the stigma of “ugly shipping containers” to cool and modern.
Probably one of the most interesting and practical uses of a shipping container I have come across.Adam Kalkin’s creation is not only functional but blends in due to its use of bright colours and other towering buildings nearby. Its part of his latest work for a pop up pirate radio tower for the Mis-Design exhibition in Australia. Its location will be at the entrance to the exhibition and the project is being hosted jointly by Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne University, and State of Design Festival.
The shipping container as you can see has been painted in some very bright but pleasing to the eye colours and design. The radio stations main need is height over space which is why the shipping container nestles on one end that was hoisted into place with a large crane. Inside a staircase zig zags up the interior to the where on the first picture you can see a pillbox cut window where the radio station will be housed. Funded by the Victorian College of the Arts they are hoping it will act as a catalyst for more funding for cultural development in Victoria, Australia with the radio station broadcasting news and information about local designers,photographers,architects and other art forms and artists in the region.
The interior of the container was completed by students from RMIT university by using reclaimed materials from Pumphouse design.
During the State of Design Festival, Anya Trybala of yarraReporter will be inviting local artists to come and speak about they’re art at the tower.