Entries tagged as 'containers'
This two story house in Upland, California is being constructed out of five recycled shipping containers from AAA Containers & Equipment Sales.
The owner, Avani Zaidi, has been tracking the entire process via her blog. She has posted quite a bit of information, including a time line (with prices) and architectural diagrams of the house.
Worth a look:
Hat tip: container-life on July 14, 2009.
The New York Times recently featured a ranch retreat that we covered in April.
model: Cinco Camp
designer: Mark Wellen of Rhotenberry Wellen Architects
size: 800 sf (5 containers)
Worth a look: slideshow containing 11 pictures.
Interesting note: The owner, Roger Black, "was the art director at Rolling Stone in the 1970s, and at The New York Times and Newsweek in the 1980s, is now a publications consultant and a partner of Font Bureau Inc."
Title: Self-Contained in Texas
Author: Kate Murphy
Publication: New York Times
Section: Home & Garden
Length: 661 words
Date: July 16, 2009
Hat tip: Apartment Therapy New York on July 16, 2009.
According to the new page on their site:
An earlier post specifies:
IC Green designs and builds "modern and sustainable pre-fab dwellings made from converted oversea shipping containers".
They currently offer 6 models:
Check out their construction photos.
Matthew Grace Architecture in Australia now offers four resPOD prefab homes.
According to their site, resPOD is:
All models are constructed from steel shipping containers.
(We were unable to find pricing information.)
Hat tip: Inhabitat on May 25, 2009.
It will be on display at Fan Pier in Boston until May 16th.
The New York times recently shared the winners of Live the Box: An International Design Competition.
According to the contest site:
Read the NYT article for more details.
Title: Recycled-Container Chic
Author: Antoinette Martin
Publication: New York Times
Section: In the region: New Jersey
Length: 793 words
Date: February 1, 2009
See the post for photographs of the construction sequence.
The company's Conhouse (container house) Web site has lots of details:
See also: more pictures of the 2+ Weekend House.
model: 2+ Weekend House
designer: Jure Kotnik Arhitekt
construction method: containers
According to her website, the KTainer house was made from 4 24' containers which she purchased on Craigslist.
Also on the site, she details the process throughout various stages of construction and shares pictures:
If you are interested in shipping container homes, or considering building one yourself, Kathy's site is a must-visit.
The article repeated a comment we've seen a few times:
The advantages of shipping containers?
SG Blocks facts:
Author: Paul Kilduff
Publication: San Francisco Chronicle
Section: G - 3
Length: 807 words
Date: September 24, 2008
We didn't make it to this year's West Coast Green, but followed the coverage of those who did. Most interesting: SG Blocks' Harbinger show house.
Inhabitat visited and gave a full review. I found this quote about containers particularly interesting:
Preston over at Jetson Green toured the house.
The home will be on view at other trade events:
Private Island Blog approves:
The story behind the name:
This year's West Coast Green features a new Showhouse built of containers:
Jetson Green likes it:
Until August 18, you have the opportunity to come up with a name:
Name the Showhouse!
company: SG Blocks
where: West Coast Green building conference
when: September 25-27, 2008
Treehugger covered an aluminum prefab idea from Japan:
...an aluminum structural system that also works as a radiator for heat, and a conduit for electrical and plumbing.
Inhabitat's Prefab Friday looked at a container home in San Francisco:
...there isn’t a shortage of uses for containers as shelter, especially for those who like that super industrial architecture aesthetic. Leger Wanaselja Architecture finished their Container House at the close of last year, bringing a more traditional look to the container composed residence.
Don't know what it costs, don't know what it's made of ... I will just say it is very pretty.
Jetson Green jumped in:
So I ask, after looking at the photos, does this Magic Box represent what's to come in the future? The Magic Box is cubic and versatile and small. It can go anywhere and be used as anything.
Not sure where The Good Human's Prefab Wednesday went, but they've been off since Jan. 3.
Inhabitat's Prefab Friday discussed a strange "prefab":
Winter shelter in the Arctic can take form in an upside down hunting boat – a traditional Inuit practice. Covey Island Boatworks, award winning builders of hand-crafted yachts, power and sailboats, has brought that idea into dry dock developing a prototype wood and epoxy prefab that applies boatbuilding principles directly to an extreme Arctic home.
Jetson Green showed off the flexibility of shipping containers:
It's hard not to gawk at the images of this building.
(Posted on Monday, but dated Saturday to match the rest of our This Week series.)
The system is based on the separation of a building into "serving space" and "naked space".
Each unit fits in a shipping container, giving it the characteristic "long and narrow" format. Several units can be placed side by side:
Overall, an intriguing approach that I can't wait to see realized at MoMA. Oskar Leo Kaufmann and Albert Rüf have been experimenting with prefab since 1996. We'll look at their past work in more depth soon!
designer: Oskar Leo Kaufmann and Albert Rüf
how: complete modules
From the Dwell blog:
The Consumer Electronics Show may have the flashiest booths of any trade gathering in the world. .... So imagine my relief when I saw a modest prefab home built at the far end of one of the main halls. .... It was built inside the convention center for Olevia, a company that makes energy efficient televisions.
MocoLoco provided more details:
...the exhibit at CES represents the first built prototype.and quotes an email from Michael Sylvester of Fabprefab fame:
The house has modern lines and a long cantilevered roof - you can hardly see that this home is based on the adaptive re-use of two forty foot cargo containers.
Inhabitat liked the prototype:
...the stunning shipping container prefab definitely caught our eye.
The line of homes is based on the architect's Redondo Beach House:
The traditional design, permit and construction process, compounded by skyrocketing construction costs, has necessitated a re-birth of the design/build approach to creating Architecture.... This project is a Recycled Steel Shipping Container based building that also employs a combination of conventional stick frame construction and prefabricated assemblies. These materials result in an end product that is affordable and nearly indestructable. The modified containers are mold proof, fire proof, termite proof, structurally superior to wood framing and along with various other “components” come together to create a system/kit of parts that is predicated on cost savings, construction timesavings, and energy/environmentally conscious priorities....
CNN covered the Redondo Beach Home in 2006:
(Hat tip: Treehugger commented.)
These shots, taken last month, show the delivery of a two-story prefabricated home going up in the Ocean Park neighborhood of Santa Monica. The 2,200 square foot home is comprised of 4 modular units; these shots show the upper two being installed.
We previously showed the Travelpod, an experimental prefab from Travelodge, and thought it was an interesting one-off. We were wrong; the company is looking seriously at prefab hotels and is building their first in the west London district of Uxbridge, right now.
The Good Human's Prefab Wednesday was off this week.
Inhabitat's Prefab Friday made a surprising architectural discovery at the the Consumer Electronics Show. We'll cover that model soon.
If these houses are supposed to be good, somebody should live in them during the show and the people who view the exhibit should be visitors in the houses.
Jaunted provided some new details:
Foundations will be laid in February and the homes will arrive in late May, popping up in next to no time.
The Chicago Tribune predicts:
Given MoMA's taste-making power and its location in the media capital of the world, the show could go a long way toward making prefab housing something more than just a glimmer in visionaries' eyes.
greenbuildingsNYC is excited. The Gothamist commented, as did Curbed. Treehugger mentioned the show. The Chronicle of Higher Education likes the idea that professors' work will be included in the show.
While the low cost motive behind the introduction of mobile homes in the mid-1900s was a good one, the execution was often aesthetically reprehensible, shoddily constructed and inefficient energy-wise. TrailerWrap set out to take these small, dilapidated (often abandoned) structures and re-fashion them into something exciting and remarkable, yet sustainable and affordable.
a cute prefab home that can be built in just 3 days and withstand everything from earthquakes to cyclones.
...the idea takes shape in such a stylish little form that we can’t help ponder the challenge posed: how much space do you really need and where do you want it?
The Good Human's Prefab Wednesday posted a recap of 2007.
Inhabitat's Prefab Friday covered the German 'Option House':
Option is a fully functional, light-filled dwelling that delivers low-impact living in just 70 square meters [753 sf] of elegant and understated space.
...an amazing example of how you can change the natural environment...
Jetson Green showed a video of a not-yet-built container home:
Looks pretty cool, but let's see if it gets made...
Slated to begin production early next year, the exact location of the house is being kept secret. All we have at this stage are some specs: three bedrooms and 2,800 interior square footage with a 750 square foot deck.
Port-a-bach is a product from atelierworkshop, a New Zealand firm:
Our architecture seeks to reveal the landscape and the environment through innovation and common sense.... Without compromising on design, we put priority on finding sustainable solutions.
The holiday home concept is built in a standard shipping container:
Additional features include:
- fully enclosed exterior steel shell (when folded up).
Be sure to check out the video of the home unfolding on their site.
bedrooms: "sleeps two adults and two children"
how: shipping containers
Some new videos of prefab homes have come across my radar in the past few weeks.
SG Blocks has two videos at YouTube, including an interview on the Art Fennel Report:
Holy Moly Batman…a house that powers itself, composts its own waste, collects its own water, and is completely automatic doing all of these things. When can I get one?
Inhabitat's Prefab Friday wrote about the Linx Shipping Container Shelter, a container concept from Ireland:
Using 20-foot shipping containers, Barnwall’s idea provides functional shelter for workers on a construction site offering all the amenities needed to give workers a comfortable place for pause.
It is an ingenious and very well resolved idea for revolutionizing the way we build houses, breaking it down into components that snap together much like an office system.
Materialicio.us also discussed the home, with commentary by Greg La Vardera:
I think it is tremendously clever, and has the characteristics of a truly disruptive technology. It has the potential to change radically the way we build houses.
...now the lots, which come with plans to build, are listed at $295,000 and $275,000Last month's prices: $349,000 and $337,000.
In other words, even if these plans serve as nothing but design exercises – studies in volume, combination, and color – then that's fine with me. We can be done with the ongoing arguments and just enjoy looking at cool imagery.
Overall, I would say these are pretty cool. Although expensive just for a home office, they do look pretty nice and I would be more than happy to work in one!
Loq•kit is designed to reduce assembly complexity and time while enabling beautiful, unique living space. Standardized components allow for reuse and endless personalized layout possibilities. The modular elements can be reconfigured to accommodate changing needs with ease. Instead of wood, nails, screws, and glue, Loq•kit uses prefabricated plastic and metal parts that offer flexibility and integrated systems.
From earlier this week:
Google...announced a new strategic initiative to develop electricity from renewable energy sources that will be cheaper than electricity produced from coal. The newly created initiative, known as RE<C, will focus initially on advanced solar thermal power, wind power technologies, enhanced geothermal systems and other potential breakthrough technologies.
Many prefab companies incorporate solar power and other environmentally friendly features into their housing solutions. eSolar (a Google partner) incorporate prefab features into their solar solutions:
By leveraging established commercial suppliers to mass manufacture thousands of small heliostats, eSolar realizes economy-of-scale benefits at much smaller power plant sizes than traditional solar generation techniques. Our heliostats are designed to fit efficiently into shipping containers to keep transportation costs low, and they are pre-assembled at the factory to minimize on-site labor....
Note: emphasis added
Very interesting: prefab meet solar; solar meet prefab.
...a three-unit weeHouse (yes, that's how it's spelled) development for Valevista Trail. A family is planning to build the development, which is currently in the permit phase, and sell the homes...
Spanish-language blog Cien Ladrillos wrote a long post about prefabs in Spain.
Jetson Green looked at a new container project in Panama City, Panama.
The Edmonton Sun reports:
In an effort to combat Edmonton's housing problem, a housing corporation is proposing that metal shipping containers - like you might see on trains or ships - be converted into low-cost living units.
interviewer: Kevin Crush and Renato Gandia
length: 500 words
date: October 28, 2007
publication: Edmonton Sun
Making Light has a link-filled post about shipping container architecture.
The post sparked some good comments. Randolph Fritz:
"Um, folks, don't let the coolness factor blind you to some real design problems.Liz D:
Which doesn't mean this is a Bad Idea. It means you've still got to do design, if you want a liveable result."
"I lived in a converted shipping container in 1982-1984, in California. It had some upsides (cheap) and some downsides. The biggest downside was the width -- a standard container's interior dimension is 7'8". My living quarters had interior drywall added, leaving an interior width of 88 inches.(Hat tip: Boing Boing)
Given the configuration of my space, I had to put the bed on the long wall, instead of across the short wall. I had a queen bed (75 inches wide) -- leaving only 15 inches of space between bed and wall.
The next episode of shipping-container architecture was at a friend's, who arrange 3 in a u-shape, with a covered patio between them. Much more satisfactory."
"Although there is currently a 6 month waiting list, this looks like a very nice alternative to some of the more expensive prefab homes on the market."
"We saw the fully installed folding glass panels, which are called Nanawalls...three sides of the living-dining room. They silently glide away to unite inside and outside: this is how to live large in a small space."
"I love this house. [Its] sleek modern lines, affordability and 'green-ness' make it a good option for those looking for a modern prefab house."
Preston at Jetson Green showed off the Ideabox Prefab:
"Ideabox offers a pretty cool product in the modern, prefabricated housing industry. Ideabox emphasizes good design, not square footage, and they make it easy to do."He also wrote about the JoT House.
The author at ColumbusING tried to spark debate about prefab:
"Can it be a viable solution? Over the past 10 years the country and for that matter Columbus has been inundated with the "cookie cutter" type of residential building, which has paved the way for convenient and affordable living for some and in the mind of others, has created a perception of architectural character digust. So where does that put Prefab houses?"
"It's an interesting mix of photos, thoughts and information that anyone who dreams of going prefab will find very enlightening."
The Good Human's Prefab Wednesday wrote about the PLACE Houses, a new prefab concept. We'll cover those in more depth soon.
Inhabitat's Prefab Friday examined a student housing project made from containers.
Now here's a website that's full of character: Kalkin Quik House. It's a useful site that already answers most of our usual interview questions.
The Quik House "is a prefabricated kit house designed by Adam Kalkin from recycled shipping containers." Most of the info provided on the site is matter-of-fact, but some of the Q and A is more fun. In response to the question "what colors does the Quik House come in?", the answer is: "Orange or natural "Rust Bloom". For an additional cost, we can have your Quik House tagged by local graffiti artists." Check out the site for more details.
price: ~$184,000 excluding shipping
shipping cost: $3,000 - $12,000
size: 2,000 square feet (1,000, 3,000 and 5,000 sf models also available)
how: recycled shipping containers
waiting list: 6 months
timeline: "no longer than 3 months"