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Home, Sweet (Cargo Container) Home

by Ben Lurie 


Tags: Environment, shipping containers, housing, reuse, Tempohousing, WorldWatch,

Shipping-ContainersIf the dormitories from Tempohousing look like relics from a cargo ship, that’s because they are. In 2007, the Dutch company converted 1000 shipping containers into housing for students in Amsterdam. The narrow yet fully appointed single-occupancy units are stacked up like Legos and arrayed around a central courtyard to provide light to each room and a safe place for socializing and bicycle storage. Each dorm can be put together in under six months, and easily relocated.

(Thanks, WorldWatch.)

Source: Tempohousing

Image by Tempohousing, used with permission.

john simmis
11/16/2010 3:59:12 PM

If you are considering modular or prefab home, building with recycled shipping containers is worth taking a look at. There are many considerations that have contributed to the appeal of building with intermodal shipping containers - availability, standardization, the recycled/green factor, economy and speed of construction, their durability, and even their "elegance/grace". Good resource is the http://www.ResidentialShippingContainerPrimer.com website. A SHOWCASE OF SHIPPING CONTAINER HOMES AND BUILDINGDS, AND A DO IT YOURSELF (DIY) REFERENCE FOR CONVERTING RECYCLED INTERMODAL CARGO SHIPPING CONTAINERS INTO BUILDINGS AND ARCHITECTURE. Lots of great example buildings, details, facts, and links to other articles. They have something new that you can setup your own project wiki to get help with your project if you are considering a design build project. www.ResidentialShippingContainerPrimer.com


john simmis
11/16/2010 3:58:35 PM

If you are considering modular or prefab home, building with recycled shipping containers is worth taking a look at. There are many considerations that have contributed to the appeal of building with intermodal shipping containers - availability, standardization, the recycled/green factor, economy and speed of construction, their durability, and even their "elegance/grace". Good resource is the http://www.ResidentialShippingContainerPrimer.com website. A SHOWCASE OF SHIPPING CONTAINER HOMES AND BUILDINGDS, AND A DO IT YOURSELF (DIY) REFERENCE FOR CONVERTING RECYCLED INTERMODAL CARGO SHIPPING CONTAINERS INTO BUILDINGS AND ARCHITECTURE. Lots of great example buildings, details, facts, and links to other articles. They have something new that you can setup your own project wiki to get help with your project if you are considering a design build project. www.ResidentialShippingContainerPrimer.com