Build a Home with a Shipping Container?
A container is an indispensable tool for the transport industry. It is an innovative item that is widely used throughout sea, air, and land transport.
Yet, how many people would think of a cargo container when they build a home? People may do so if they think deeply about it, but it wouldn’t be much to say that no one will first think of a cargo container as a construction material or a prop for building a home. Yet, this rectangular structure called a container actually serves as an excellent architectural element. Moreover, it registers excellent esthetic quality, in that the exterior of a container can erase itself and can instead give a modern feel. A home built with a recycled container often presents an antique feel. In fact, they say that a lot of architects around the world are creating various buildings, using this structure as a module. So, today, we’re going to talk about container housing.
1. Advantage of a Container House: Economic Feasibility
The biggest advantage of a shipping container as an architectural piece is its cheapness. As a container can excellently perform the role of a basic structure of a building, it is apt to turn into a building. And the air-tightness that prevents a container from subsiding under the sea conjures up excellent building skin. Thanks to the characteristics of a cargo container, one doesn’t need additional framework when building a container house. Moreover, as its construction can be done in a short period, total construction cost is pretty reasonable.
2. Advantage of a Container House: Expandability
The area of a cargo container is 28.8㎡. Two combined containers makes the size of 57.6㎡, and if an architect puts a little bit more of his brain into this, it can increase the space further, thus enabling it to create a small house for 3 or 4 person family. For example, the iron locked door can be kept for the rough quality of a container, while space may be increased by putting a living room inside the right-hand door and a kitchen on the left and creating a glass outer door between the door and the house. As mentioned earlier, reasonably priced materials make another good reason for expansion. Securing space would complete a comfortable residential environment with a relatively small budget.
3. Advantage of a Container House: Green Environment
With its life stretching to 20 or 25 years, a container is reportedly drawing spotlight as an eco-friendly construction material for building a residential house.
Adam Kalkin, an Italian architect, is a leader for eco-friendly container housing. Kalkin builds homes using only waste containers. His love of containers is such that he has even designed his own home to be built with containers. Kalkin wants to let more people know that one can design an excellent and stylish house with waste containers. In that sense, Adam Kalkin is perhaps the vanguard among current architects in architectural design that uses waste containers. His container architecture may look crude on the outside but its interior boasts a sensible design that can even compare to a stylish pent house. His design presents a unique harmony between an old style and a modern feel. Kalkin created Push Button House, which when the button is pushed, unfolds into a makeshift house with both side walls opening like wings. Push Button House was used for an open-air cafè through partnership with illy, a coffee brand.