Folger Steel Framed Offices In Berkeley.

Forger Steel Framed Office building

WA Design set otu to create a modern energy efficient office space that would blend in with its industrial neighbourhood. The three storey building is constructed using steel frames and timber. The new offices stand our and give a refreshing modern touch to the rather dated industrial area between Emeryville and Berkeley. Although brighter than its neighbours its design slips into the location rather well. The facade clad with checkerboard pattern of green and pale blue cement boarding however makes you well aware “this is the building” If driving past. the design rather fits well with shipping container architecture even if there is a lack of shipping containers. The shape of the building and its use of steel could easily see this being a shipping container building. At the same time the industrial feel was no doubt done for that reason as well as the wood in replication of old pallets.

They have also added weathered steel to the northern wall section in keeping with the rusted artifacts located at the Berkeley waterfront. They really have done their homework in keeping with the area while still introducing modern designs and features.

The interior carries on with the feel with exposed steel beams and the use of mixed materials and finishes. Resin panels filled with seawood also allow light to travel while keeping with the seaport idea. A ceiling skylight allows heat to leave the building via the roof at the same time allowing light to pass through it. There is also a motorised sunshade to help keep the building cool throughout the day. Energy wise the use of “free” artificial lighting helps reduce electrical use at the same time tere are other energy power reduction systems used throughout the building.

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ODL Tubular Skylight For Shipping Container Homes

There are several companies out there now offering tubular skylights but the reason I picked this one to show is that the video shows its basic functions but also the fact it has a dimmer feature and LED light installation available means you only need to install one setup. Often you end up with skylights running alongside another set of lights. Having this type of unit allows everything to be in one which is not only more economical but its also better cosmetic wise on your shipping container home. I came across these style of skylights mainly on large corporate buildings I was involved in previously to help reduce electrical costs on the buildings. Introducing redirected sunlight saves companies fortunes on electricity at the same time why can’t it be saving us all a bit of money? I would recommend looking at adding in skylights into any shipping container home design. If your going into a multi levelled home its also worth looking into ways of moving the light down inside the cavity walls that are less obtrusive than tubes that may not fit inside the cavities. Using fibre optics is a good way to get light to travel inside walling and worth a scout round the internet net for information on gathering light from skylights for your shipping container home to move the light to other parts. This gets things away from having to be directly below where the skylights sit making it more practical.

ALSO BEFORE ORDERING ANY SKYLIGHT MAKE SURE ITS SUITABLE FOR A SHIPPING CONTAINER FLAT ROOF AS MANY ARE DESIGNED FOR PITCHED ROOFS.

Skylight For Shipping Container Home

Skylights are an important factor of designing a shipping container home that is often overlooked. I can’t see why more people aren’t adding them into the property as they offer up natural lighting that is also more healthy than electrically generated. The Sun-Tek Skylights are aluminium and self flashing but before installing always make sure your going to be able to drain away excess water. Stagnant water is how leaks can happen and why its worth raising the skylights on an angle to reduce the problem. At the same time it is an easy option and easy installation process.

Natural lighting tubes for shipping container homes

natural lighting tubesAlthough many shipping container housing designs are based round flat roofs those that are pitched can take advantage of the natural light sources available from the sun by inserting lighting tubes through the pitched roof and into the container home. Advantages of this is natural light being healthier for people as well as the fact its free. There are different types and shapes of the roof lights some being flat and others being dome type but either way they are a good idea for adding light into a home.

How it works is the light inlet (dome or flat roof window) gathers rays of light which beam down onto a tube that reflects light. You will have to check manufacturers for the types of tube available as some do have flexibility in bending to allow movement of the tubes to other areas besides directly below the inlet.

Another option I haven’t seen as well though looking at square designed inlet is using skylights for the same purpose but with the added benefit of adding hydraulic sides so that it can be raised to allow airflow as well as being able to close in bad weather. Those types of Skylight can be fitted on flat surfaces such as a shipping container home roof.

 

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Container Home Off-Grid Emergency Response Studio by Paul Villinski

When I came across this building I was wondering to post it or not as its not a shipping container home. At the same time though it has got a lot of things that can be done the same as well as some cool ideas that I haven’t seen utilized anywhere else.Container Home Off-Grid Emergency Response Studio by Paul Villinski

It was reworked from a salvaged FEMA type trailer and designed for off-grid usage. A large wall section cranks down to form up a deck area as well as having one of the best designs for natural light I have seen with a geodesic skylight giving plenty of headroom as well as plenty of natural light which would be important for a disaster situation as it would allow medical treatment in a well lit sanitized environment.Container Home Off-Grid Emergency Response Studio by Paul Villinski

A piece of the siding was also replaced to open up the building. During its construction many of the original fittings and parts were removed taking out many things such as toxic paints etc. the insulation is from recycled denim, cabinets made from renewable bamboo, reclaimed wood and linseed oil floor tiles have made it a green unit in many ways and lets not forget the solar panels that were also added.

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