Reading about this it did throw up a few issues as I look at the room and its functional. I can understand the price tag seeming expensive but what is it compared to local market rates? You see in the Philippines renting by the night is generally P1,600 for a room in my area but you can rent an entire apartment for P6,000+ per month. The issue is though most people seem to gripe that the P6,000 apartment doesn’t have hot water etc. etc. at the same time none of them do that’s why they are P6,000!
Now the issue with this shipping container courtyard room was more to do with the fact they didn’t want to stay in a shipping container reading through the lines. Bit like people saying they don’t like eating something even though they have never tasted it before. So was off to a negative start to begin with. Fact is this is probably better condition than the main rooms that were available in the main hotel as its surfaces are all wash down etc. So personally can’t see a problem with it.
I do come across these type of complaints very often amongst expats though as their expectations are often well above what is available locally. Even when locals put themselves out to help people often doing a lot of running around for free people still complain.
Its something I was discussing with another expat recently when talking about riding town to town as they often go for expensive hotels at P1,600+ a night. Me I can’t justify the cost for somewhere I am not on holiday. Motorbike riding is about roughing it and enjoying the environment around us. The Trip to Negros for example crashing out in a P200 hut (p100 each!) on the coast I prefer any day to an air con room in some resort. Not tight with the cash just that I like to experience real life not the “glossy magazine version”.
So was a bit disappointed with the author on this article as he could have been a bit more positive on the container courtyard but instead just slated it with sarcasm, you can read it here
The mining disaster that put Chilean miners on the map was located in the nothern Atacama Desert, which is one of the most inhospitable places on the planet. With the current huge jumps in energy demands and minerals the mining industry is growing and having to move into areas where resources are and most aren’t the greatest places to be. North Atacama desert for example is one of the driest places on earth as well as sunniest. AATA Architects were requested to come up with a design that was low-cost but also effective for miners to live in. This resulted in a shipping container complex which is quite literally big enough to be its own village. They then roof covered the entire complex with drapes to reduce the intake of sunlight.
he unique solution was based on clustering prefabricated shipping containers to form housing pods. Six units per pod were stacked two units high and then connected to each other in a ‘C’ formation that allows natural ambient light in but blocks extreme temperatures during warm days and cold nights. Five containers are for sleeping and one is a dedicated restroom. In all, 16 pods can house 320 people.
The huge canvas roof is the key to the design’s success. Set on steel trusses, it creates a micro climate that tempers the harsh environment. The roof provides ample protection from the sun in one of the hottest and driest places on the planet, and it also encourages cross breezes while blocking harsh winds. The roof also helps keep heat from radiating out at night — the project is situated approximately 1,500 meters above sea level so the evenings get cold.
The design works so well that patches of grass could be placed at each pod, providing a humble but critical micro climate in one of the most extreme places on the planet.
+ AATA Architects
Although these containers were used by journalists in the Sudanese elections it does make me wonder if Expat’s or other travellers would be interested in living in containers as a budget residence for short stay or long term. The fact that these were comfortable in Sudan prove the point that shipping containers can function as a residence without over heating if the right measures are put into place during construction. Also the number of people I have come across in the Philippines trying to avoid paying for anything more than they want to these would fit into their budget as I could easily see these being rented at P4,000 a month long-term in a good location as a basic living accommodation or for budget hotels around P1,000 a night.