Posted on Nov 16, 2009 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures
Not just for resourceful squatters, container architecture is taking the world by storm. Recycled freight containers bring efficiency, flexibility and affordability to innovative green buildings, from small vacation cabins to movable cafes, schools and skyscrapers.
Invented more than five decades ago, the modern shipping container is the linchpin in our global distribution network of products. In the containers go toys from China, textiles from India, grain from America and cars from Germany. In go electronics, chocolate and cheese.
While a number of resourceful people have converted shipping containers to makeshift shelters at the margin of society for years, architects and green designers are also increasingly turning to the strong, cheap boxes as source building blocks. Shipping containers can be readily modified with a range of creature comforts, and can be connected and stacked to create modular, efficient spaces for a fraction of the cost, labor and resources of more conventional materials.
So what is this incredible box that faces wind, rain, salt, typhoons, and extreme weight for years?
The common ISO shipping container is either 20 feet or 40 feet long; 8′ wide; and 8’6″ tall. ...Continue ReadingView Comments (2)