A number of converted shipping containers are going to be offered as temporary accommodation for homeless people in Brighton, UK. Planning permission has been secured by the Brighton Housing Trust for five years to help ease the city’s housing need.
BBC News reports that the thirty six studio homes, which will be linked by walkways, are going to be installed in a former scrap metal yard.
Our archive of container-related projects is here.
At #Photoville. (Taken with Instagram at Photoville)
Several shipping containers served as temporary (“pop-up”) exhibition space for a festival in Brooklyn last summer.
I’ve just learned that the event, known as Photoville, will return to the waterfront area in Brooklyn Bridge Park in September 2013. More info can be found on Photoville’s site here.
Skip the conventional hotel — and instead stay in a nicely furnished, refurbished shipping container in what could be a unique location? Yes!
In Europe, six 20-foot-long decommissioned shipping containers have been turned into what’s known as the “Sleeping Around" pop-up hotel. Four containers are currently being used as guest rooms, each outfitted with a shower and air conditioning; a separate container’s used as a combination dining-lounge space, and the sixth container’s a sauna.
Something that could make this project appealing to many travelers is the hotel is meant to be moved from place to place, based on demand/requests from users.
the crux of the business model is that visitors can request a site with something that static architecture may not be able to offer— namely, unique views or fantastic hidden locales. the hotel, for example, has spent some weeks on the banks of the scheldt in antwerp with a view of st anna’s beach, and is now on the move. in the five months it has been open, ‘sleeping around’ hotel has traveled to three locations and successfully accommodated over one hundred visitors. travelers can check back periodically to see if the hotel has moved to an area of interest and enter the location into a GPS device to find it. this mobile hotel can be set up and fully functional within five hours of arriving at a location.
The corner of a refurbished shipping container opens to reveal a bar.
I’ll drink to that!
In Atlanta: A residential duplex was fabricated from 12 refurbished shipping containers.
The three-story building on the left was completed in 2007; the one on the right was added in 2011.
The above link — you can open it on YouTube here — shows a tour of the newer 1,800-square-foot container home (the one on the right). The house’s living space, located on the top floor, features an open floor plan, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a balcony. Energy-efficient features include rain barrels for collecting water, and window tinting and a white rubber roof membrane that help keep the building cooler by deflecting heat.
Architect Francis Kirkpatrick designed the project for owner Glen Donaldson.
Project photo below via the project’s structural engineers, Runkle Consulting.
More info about the building project here, via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
In cargotecture news:
Plans are progressing to build the first multifamily residential project in the U.S. from retired shipping containers.
The $3.4 million, 20-unit condo complex, first proposed in 2008, is expected to break ground in Detroit near Wayne State University in 2013.
The project “would stack empty containers four high, cut in windows and doors, install plumbing, stairways and heating, and add amenities such as balconies and landscaped patios.” Units are expected to range from 850 to 1,920 square feet in size.
Prices still are being determined but should run about 5% less than similarly sized condos in today’s market, [Leslie Horn, CEO of Three Squared, the Detroit firm that is building the project] said.
Empty shipping containers have been used extensively in Europe to create housing and projects like office space for entrepreneurs and other types of projects. But their use is much rarer in the U.S. [Examples of housing projects outside the U.S.: here, here, and here; and a multistory office in the U.S.: here.]
But backers of such projects say that it’s a good way to recycle empty containers that stack up in port cities around the world because shippers find it too expensive to send them back empty to China or other ports of origin.
If successful, the prototype project in Detroit could lead to widespread other uses of empty containers, Horn said, including student or emergency housing, temporary construction offices, and infill houses in urban neighborhoods.
Multi-Housing News adds: The project’s 90-plus shipping containers will be outfitted with energy-efficient systems that include ductless heating and air systems, tankless water heaters, and other amenities that “combine to reduce each unit’s energy costs by up to 80 percent.”
More photos on the Web site of the project’s designer, Detroit architect Steven Flum, here.