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Wikkelhouse - A HOUSE FOR YOU. Shipping container pool can be installed in minutes. Shipping containers are by nature rather easy to move around, and more and more we are seeing clever ideas around how their strengths can be put to use.

Shipping container pool can be installed in minutes

The latest example of this is a little something called a Modpool, a relocatable above-ground swimming pool that can be installed within minutes of delivery. Measuring either 8 x 20 ft or a lengthier 8 x 40 ft (2.4 x 6 or 2.4 by 12 m), the pools are designed to take advantage of the structural strength and portability of shipping containers. These attributes that have seen them become popular building materials in the world of architecture, particularly among the tiny house crowd. While this means the pools can be setup within minutes of delivery, you'll still need to fill them up with water. Modpool's general manager Sammy Diab explained to us how it all works. The container can also be modified as the user desires, perhaps adding a window like the image above, or adding a divider to turn part of it into a jacuzzi. Source: Modpools. Coolmaterial. Like everything else DIY, shipping containers aren’t just for shipping things on the slow boat across the ocean anymore.


Plenty of clever architects, artists, designers and builders have managed to turn the corrugated steel containers most associated with docks and slow freight into structures that people, like you, will actually aspire to live in. Here are 10 shipping containers that will make you want to live in the box. You might need to adapt some of the ideas for your own individual needs, but they’re all good places to start. Artikul. A Shipping Container Home in Midway Hollow - D Magazine. 45 Shipping Container Homes & Offices - Cargo Container Houses. Paris apartment building goes outside the box. Regular readers may remember French "guerrilla architect" Stéphane Malka for his parasitic shelter, and his new work, Plug-in City 75, is similarly unconventional.

Paris apartment building goes outside the box

The novel project will renovate an aging Paris apartment building by attaching wooden boxes to the facade, increasing living space for the residents and improving the building's energy-efficiency. Located in Paris' 16th arrondissement, a stone's throw from the Seine, the interior of the 1975-era apartment building in question currently looks gloomy and cramped, says Malka.

While the city's building codes prohibit extending the building upward, extending it outward isn't an issue, so the architect designed multiple prefabricated wooden boxes of varying size to increase living space and improve conditions for the residents. The lightweight boxes will be prefabricated in a workshop from sustainably-sourced wood – presumably treated to increase durability – and mounted directly to the building's facade. Purple Monster stretches the definition of a "tiny house" Colorado's Tiny Diamond Homes recently completed a monster of a tiny house – literally.

Purple Monster stretches the definition of a "tiny house"

The Purple Monster is easily the largest towable dwelling we've reported on to date and reaches a length of 38 ft (11 m). The model pictured was recently sold to a young family who did some of the work themselves, but comissioning another would cost over US$80,000. DROP box. In-Tenta Drop Box. Instant hotel suites?

In-Tenta Drop Box

That’s the promise of the Drop Box, a modular and transportable living unit by Spain’s In-Tenta Design, which seems to have mastered the art of the nature-friendly microhotel. Designed to integrate seamlessly into any hospitable environment — thanks in part to large glass walls — these wooden structures are available in two sizes (fitting two adults or a family of four).

HO4+ Shipping Container Home — HONOMOBO. Made from four forty foot shipping containers containers.

HO4+ Shipping Container Home — HONOMOBO

We have two floor plans you can choose from; either a 3-bedroom, or a 2-bedroom with an ensuite. Both of our floor plans feature a large living room, dining room, and full kitchen finished out with twenty nine feet of floor to ceiling glass. Marc Mogas slots prefab summer home into wooded slope in the Pyrenees. Spanish architect Marc Mogas created this prefabricated cottage in Spain's Pyrenees mountains as a cost-effective summer retreat.

Marc Mogas slots prefab summer home into wooded slope in the Pyrenees

Mogas designed the dwelling to be transported to the site in three modules. This helped to keep the project to its budget of €100,000 (£87,000) and allowed construction work to continue through the winter months. The pine-clad sections – one for bedrooms, another for the lounge and a third for a roofspace mezzanine – were joined together on site to create the 100-square-metre Ripollès cottage. Off-grid flatpack cabins would assemble like Ikea furniture. Vancouver's Leckie Studio Architecture + Design recently launched the Backcountry Hut Company, to offer modular cabins that come flat-packed and are put together like a piece of furniture from Ikea.

Off-grid flatpack cabins would assemble like Ikea furniture

Still in the design stage, the cabins will be able to run on or off-the-grid with solar power, and will come in multiple configurations. The cabins will come clad in a metal shell and be offered in several sizes. The smallest will measure just 191 sq ft (17 sq m) and sleep up to four people. The largest will come in at a palatial 937 sq ft (87 sq m) and sleep up to 24 people. World’s tallest modular tower opens in Brooklyn. The foundations and lower levels of 461 Dean were constructed conventionally.

World’s tallest modular tower opens in Brooklyn

However, everything above its second floor is made up of modules that were delivered to the site complete with kitchens and appliances. Only wooden flooring was added in situ. This approach is said to be efficient, cost-effective and sustainable, with both waste and the amount of time required for on-site construction are minimized. It does, however, mean that the shape, size and features of the modules are dictated by what can be fabricated and transported to the site.

At 461 Dean, this is said to be reflected in generously-sized and well-proportioned apartments, with wall-hung vanity units, closets and toilets. The building was designed by SHoP Architects, which also designed the adjacent Barclays Center. Aside from its apartments, the building has 4,000 sq ft (372 sq m) of retail space on the ground floor and a multi-colored metal façade. Live in a Shipping Container Home. Ours is an era in which people are willing to pay good money to live in ever-tinier tiny houses, modular prefab units and glorified campers, but it's rare to see any of those trends wed seamlessly with an old-school home (read: one with a foundation).

Live in a Shipping Container Home

That’s why we perked up when the Irving Place Carriage House by LOT-EK Architects crossed our desk. Designed for a single family in Brooklyn, the brick building got the award-winning firm’s signature treatment of upcycling shipping containers (among other man-made equipment), which makes use of their modularity and relative sustainability compared to brick and cement.

Shipping containers floated as the next BIG thing in student housing. The Copenhagen Urban Rigger project comprises nine recycled shipping containers arranged on a floating base in the city's harbor. There's a total of 680 sq m (7,319 sq ft) of floorspace, split between housing, a common winter garden/courtyard, kayak landing point, bathing platform, BBQ area, and seating. In addition, the student housing includes a communal roof terrace and a basement level with 12 storage rooms, laundry room, and technical room. Inside, the container apartments look spacious, light-filled, and really quite attractive, certainly a lot more appealing to live in than many of the rundown brick-and-mortar student digs that dot our cities. The simple furnishings and use of unfinished wood contrast well with the large floor-to-ceiling windows that enable residents to gaze upon the harbor.

One obvious concern is insulation. Aside from the environmental benefit of recycling shipping containers, the Urban Rigger project is green in other ways, too. Prefab house in Princeton by Marina Rubina was built in a single day. This prefabricated family home in Princeton, New Jersey, by local architect Marina Rubina was conceived as an "experiment" in providing a high-quality residence that is sustainable and affordable (+ slideshow). The Quarry Street House is located in the heart of Princeton – a city in central New Jersey – and sits within walking distance to a public library, a train station, restaurants, shops and the Princeton University campus. The L-shaped dwelling consists of a primary volume encompassing 2,000 square feet (185 square metres) and a connected studio structure that totals 500 square feet (46 square metres).

The two volumes, which wrap a landscaped courtyard, are oriented in opposite directions for privacy purposes. DUS Architects builds 3D-printed micro home in Amsterdam. Dutch studio DUS Architects has 3D printed an eight-square-metre cabin and accompanying bathtub in Amsterdam, and is now inviting guests to stay overnight (+ slideshow). DUS Architects used sustainable bio-plastic to create the 3D Print Urban Cabin, which is intended to demonstrate how additive manufacturing can offer solutions for temporary housing or disaster relief. When the cabin is no longer needed, it can be destroyed and almost all the materials can be reused.

"The building is a research into compact and sustainable dwelling solutions in urban environments," said the team. Movable concrete micro-home can be installed in just 7 hours. Estonian firm Kodasema is developing a prefabricated concrete micro-home that can be assembled and installed on-site within just seven hours, then moved to another location with relative ease. Once it's ready for market, the home is expected to fetch roughly €100,000 (around US$111,000), excluding transport costs. Koda is built from concrete and ships in prefabricated sections, so when it arrives on-site, it only takes roughly seven hours to assemble and put into place. The home uses just 9 cubic meters (317 cu ft) of concrete in all. No foundations are necessary and it can be placed on gravel, asphalt, and other surfaces, providing it has a level footing. While it's certainly no towable tiny home, it is promised to be relatively easy to move around.

First residents of compact Yo! Home will go home in Manchester - Images. Plans have been submitted for what would be the first development of Yo! Home apartments, with a block of 24 units to be built in the New Islington area of Manchester, UK. The Yo! Home is aimed at providing urban apartments that are both high-quality and affordable as a result of their compact size. We first covered the Yo! Home a year ago after the concept was unveiled by Yo! HIBINOSEKKEI + youji no shiro renovate saitama kindergarten. People's architecture office stacks shipping container pavilion. Prefab steel frame makes California net zero home a breeze to build. A home in Stanford, California, commissioned by a professor at the area's esteemed university, will have a net zero energy usage once it has been built.

That build process too, though, is low-impact, employing a recycled light steel frame that is quick to erect and easy to build upon. Mark Jacobson is the head of the Atmosphere and Energy Program at Stanford University. Green Technology, Building Technology, Technology, Construction Technology, Passive Design, Passive House Standard, Passive House Institute, Passive House Institute U.S., Richard P. Container-based homes designed to meet a multitude of needs. Shipping container-based housing comes to South Texas. Home is where the Hub is: Self-contained module turns empty spaces into living spaces. Gomos Modular Home takes 3 days to install. Shipping container-based student housing planned for Copenhagen. Skilpod prefabs are modular and mini. Lustron, The All Steel House. The years after World War Two were a hectic time for the housing market in the United States.

Virtually no housing had been built in nearly twenty years as the country transitioned from the austerity of the Great Depression straight into the rationing of World War Two. When American soldiers started coming home after the war they needed a place to start new lives with new families. Many companies looked for ways to capitalize on the technologies developed for the war effort as well as utilize the surplus of industry available to them to satiate the nation's new demand for housing, cars, and consumer goods. Skyscraper made of shipping containers envisaged for Mumbai. Modular high-rise lets residents customize their apartments. Brick-laying robot can build a full-sized house in two days.

Shipping container-based office is Made to be Moved. Prefab in Paris: Chic in Suburbia with a Modern Family House: Gardenista. Archiblox prefab home uses "a fraction" of the energy it generates. Affordable capsule hotel envisioned for Paris. Off-grid Malawi school built using shipping containers. Shipping containers offer safe, affordable housing in Brighton. High-end P.A.T.H. prefab house range promises energy to spare. Frank Lloyd Wright team up to deliver Mod.Fab ADUs. Casa GG displays a considered approach to energy-efficiency. Chinese company uses 3D printing to build 10 houses in a day. Sustainable home can be built in four days using only a screwdriver. Shipping containers and silos house students at Mill Junction. Adaptable House caters for growing family, home office, retired living, or divorce.

Flat-pack NOMAD Micro Home promises inexpensive off-grid living. Shipping container-based Low Cost House provides home for family of seven. Ten Recycled Shipping Container Buildings. Outside the box: Celebrating the shipping container in architecture. Passion House M1 prefab home built to handle Nordic climes. ÁPH80 prefab portable home offers appealing vision of micro-living - Images. Ikea's turns its flat-pack philosophy to improving refugee shelters. 10 Houses Made from Shipping Containers. Slip House provides template for future affordable and sustainable family homes. KLIK Australia - MODULAR BUILDING SYSTEM. From prefab skyscrapers to prefab houses, Klik claims to fit the bill.

Nomadic resorts designs and builds sustainable, luxury fabric pods that can be adapted to a range of environments. Nomadic Resorts' self-sufficient living pod packs luxuries. The Ultimate Guesthouse and Garden Shed, in a Shipping Container Gardenista. WFH House incorporates shipping containers into a modular building system. Twenty-eight containers transform orphanage in South Africa. The Shipping News: Aether in SF Opens. Sleeping Around: Shipping containers revamped as relocatable B&B. 10 Amazing Prefab Houses - (prefab homes, prefab houses) In Winning Design, City Hopes to Address a Cramped Future. Hut-to-Hut: an "eco-hut" fit for the ecotourist? Flexi-legged Shelter can be built from disaster scrap.

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