Updated: Apr 24
Shipping Container Architecture: The New Era of Sustainable Housing
The new area of SUSTAINABLE HOUSING
There is a new and exciting trend sweeping over the globe, and an ever-growing number of people are making sustainable, eco-friendly homes out of shipping containers, enjoying the numerous benefits this new wave of architectural solutions brings. In case you have been searching for a new and exciting place to live that is not only affordable, but allows you to optimize, arrange and build a housing solution you’ve been dreaming of, then shipping containers present the most creative option available.
Shipping containers are AFFORDABLE
While new shipping containers come at a price, used containers that are in peak condition can be found for as low as 3.000 EUROS. When you combine several 30 -square-meter containers together, you are able to build a sizable living area at a very low price. Moreover, shipping containers come in various sizes and a standard rectangular shape, with standard sizes spanning from 10-metre to 3-metre-deep containers.
Typically, two 10-metre-deep containers are enough to build a solid foundation for your house, while smaller (and cheaper) containers can be used for additional features, rooms and construction updates. By removing a wall on each of the containers and welding them together, you can build a spacious living room easily, and by removing the upper sides, you can expand the ceiling to fit two more containers.
The SPEED at which container homes are built is significantly higher than any other construction method
Which is why it presents the best and most efficient solution for building homes quickly in areas where natural disasters are common. The simplest homes can be built in a matter of days if enough manpower is employed, and more complex living areas, such as your dream home, can be finished, buffed and polished in a matter of weeks.
There are two ways you can quickly build your container home. One is by stacking them together and cutting the openings, welding the sides and constructing the electrical and pipe networks, and the other is to cut and create all the necessary networks before you begin the stacking and positioning process.
Shipping container architecture allows creativity and individual interior and exterior design solutions
While traditional spaces can be modified and updated to a lesser degree, you can implement almost any design solution you envision into your container home, provided you do not plan to remove load-bearing walls. Popular features include raising gardens and private oases on container roofs and balconies, and removing the sides to create glass walls to let plenty of sunshine in the house.
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