Woman's 20' Off Grid Shipping Container Tiny House Brenda Kelly’s off grid shipping container tiny house is truly a dream come true for her since she has been dreaming of a home like this since she was a 13 year old girl. She kept part of the container as a covered outdoor porch area to keep the structure at 107 sq. ft. (10 square meters) so she can abide with her local zoning regulations in Auckland, New Zealand. When you look inside I think you’ll be impressed with her interior design and layout choices. Brenda has managed to create a work at home office space, kitchen, living room area, a bedroom with a wardrobe, and a spacious bathroom. This container home sits on concrete blocks for a foundation, it’s powered by two solar panels, and is even set up with a rainwater collection system. Woman’s 107 Sq. Images © Living Big in a Tiny House Video: Brenda Kelly’s Off Grid Shipping Container Tiny Home Original story: Resources
Make A Cheap & Easy Solar USB Charger With An Altoids Tin Photos by Joshua Zimmerman The craftster behind the very popular $3 solar-powered emergency radio is back with a new awesome project: a cheap solar battery charger with a USB plug. Zimmerman wrote, saying that he saw a lot of small solar powered chargers being talked about over Earth Day, but there was a big problem: "They're all quite nice, but also quite expensive. So, he came up with his own, using one of our favorite reusable items -- the ever wonderful Altoids tin. In looking for the cheapest way to accomplish the task, Zimmerman found that he could build a USB solar charger for under $30 (or $10 if be buys parts in bulk, though it's not likely you'll be buying bulk solar cells and DC-to-USB converter circuits). Zimmerman states, "The central brain of our project is a DC to USB converter circuit. It can be done with a Minty Boost kit, a premade circuit off of ebay, or grabbing one from a cheap USB charger.
25 more ways of turning pallets into unique pieces of furniture A while ago we showed you an article called “21 ways of turning pallets into unique pieces of furniture” where we enumerated a series of original items you could create using pallets. The list was quite long but definitely not exhaustive and since we’ve received good feedback we decided to continue with a second part of the article where we present you even more unique projects you can create with the help of pallets. We tried to come up with new examples, arranged according to the type of product you can create. Shelves. 1. This is an ingenious project created by a couple that opened a wine tasting room and decided to go with a rustic look. 2. Even though shelves were created as a functional way of adding some useful storage space, they can also be used as a decorative space in the form of display shelves. 3. One place where you can never have too much storage space is the kitchen. 4. I personally find this piece very interesting. Sofas and benches 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. Miscellaneous
Simple and Cheap Container Residence | ARCHIMOVER - Architecture & Interior Design Archives It does not take a housing crisis to realize the importance of cost in construction at home and abroad alike. A 40,000-dollar, two-shipping-container house that is not just livable but lovely is itself impressive, but has particular global appeal to those who cannot afford more. Benjamin Garcia Saxe is a Costa Rican architect with a new take on recycled cargo container residences that mixes classic Modernist approaches, used materials and sustainable strategies. The core two containers are staggered along the East/West access, providing selective access to natural sunlight and natural cross-ventilation. In the center, a raised and tilted scrap-metal roof angles up to catch additional indirect daylight and Â further facilitate passive cooling. Posts related to Simple and Cheap Container Residence
The Kebun Kaki Bukit project, part II : a 5000$ house | Made In Partout Our goal for this renovation project was to turn an old metal shack into comfortable living quarters for volunteers at the farm in Malaysia that we were working on. The project was designed and built by volunteers. To see the early stages of design and some tips for your own project, read the first part of this article. The building is intended to accommodate people who will come and help for free, so it should feel good and comfortable. The idea is to split the volume into 3 rooms, so that couples can get some privacy. The building was already divided this way before so we can reuse most of the frame. Here is a little diagram that explains shadows, and why it is important : In the early days we explored all types of options : a upper structure over the entire living area, a thatch roof, a double layered zing roof… To keep it feasible (by non professional builders) and cheap, we decided to stick to a neat, one layer zinc roof. - a great outside living space in the shade - More space
12 Homes Made From Shipping Containers Photo by Braden Gunem Shipping containers meet a variety of requirements: Modern. Check. Above: Two shipping containers flank a taller common space in this residence designed by Studio H:T. Photo by Andres Garcia Lachner Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture designed this orange container home for clients in San Jose, Costa Rica. Copenhagen-based architecture firm arcgency created the “WFH House” in Wuxi, China, out of three stacked shipping containers. Photo courtesy of the Walker Art Center This structure, which was exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis is called the MDU, or Mobile Dwelling Unit, and was designed by Lot-EK. Photo by Paul Warchol Lot-EK also designed this 1,500-square-foot penthouse apartment in New York City. Photo by Jack Thompson Note the white corrugated wall; that should tip you off that this is the interior of a shipping container home.
10 Fun And Funky iPhone Docks If you're as tethered to your iPhone as we are, giving it a solid charge while not in use is important. But even the most functional products in the home should feature great design. Here, 10 alternatives to a traditional Apple docking station. (Bonus: all would look great enhanced with a friendship cord!) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. How do you charge your iPhone? Top 11 ways of turning pallets into furniture for outdoor Wooden pallets keep on coming into our lives as opportunities to create a huge diversity of useful item. Since people can get enough of them we decided to show you a top 10 outdoor pallet designs. After 21 ways of turning pallets into unique pieces of furniture and 25 more ways of turning pallets into unique pieces of furniture you probably imagine that there isn’t much left to see, well you can’t be more wrong. 1.Pallet coffee table for backyard. Since we already established that pallets are a cheap way to build extraordinary objects with only two major ingredients: imagination and ingenuity, this back yard setting proves once again the versatility of this amazing object. 2.Balcony small pallet garden. Outdoor space doesn’t necessarily mean a huge back yard. 3.Deposit area in backyard from pallets. People preoccupied about health and nature also uses shipping pallets for their own purposes, like this compost bin for instance. 4.Pallet turned into patio shelf. 5.Pallet sofa.
LOT-EK Wins AIA New York Chapter’s Design Award 2011 for APAP Shipping Container Art School lotek openschool We are pleased to announce that one of our favorite archictecture firms, LOT-EK, has just won the New York AIA Chapter Honors Award for their APAP OpenSchool in Korea. The school which was inaugurated in the summer of 2010 is an art school featuring an open-air covered amphitheater, studios and exhibition space. Positioned over the popular Hawoon Park pedestrian walkway, along the Anyang River, the school is a welcome addition blending boldly with the tranquil surroundings and creating a salient burst of color set against a backdrop of monotone edifices. The criteria used by the AIA jury included design quality, program resolution, innovation, thoughtfulness and technique. LOT-EK’s design for the Open School focused on activating the open space at the river edge. Constructed from 8 shipping containers carefully arranged, the program features three different and interconnected areas each evoking a different spatial experience mainly driven by the natural environment.
Mobile Fold-Out Shipping Container Home In this case, the sum is more than the parts – and the building footprint tells only half of the story. Push a button and things begin to unfold, revealing not just a deck but a lofted sleeping area and other pop-out amenities all hiding in the shell of a conventional cargo shipping container. While it has evolved through various concepts and prototypes, the primary features of the Port-a-Bach cargo container home include “a fully enclosed exterior steel shell (when folded up), appointed with large internal storage cupboards and shelves / stainless steel kitchen and fittings / bathroom with open shower, sink, composting toilet. Fabric screen system gives the versatility of creating rooms within the large open living space: includes bunk beds, double bed room, dressing room, kitchen and bathroom.”
iTree iPhone & iPod dock are created out of a tree trunk If our mention on the title confuses you, we would like to tell you about the iTree docking station by KMKG, which has been made out of the log of a tree trunk! This docking station has the ports needed to charge your iPod or iPhone, as well as plays stored audio content at the same time. What makes this product rather abstract, is that it’s been created out of wood, which is hand selected by the customer and built according to the individual needs. The iTree is all innovative in designing and general aesthetics. The utility factor has been well taken care of. Via: Gizmodo/Geeky Gadgets/KMKG
Cat Inspired Project Becomes a Unique House in Japan This next house is a one of a kind project, that was designed by Takeshi Hosaka Architects, in Japan, for a couple and two cats. Starting from the idea that humans and cats live together, rather than cats living in a human house, the architects came up with “a house inside which you feel being outside”. The Inside Out House is made up of two volumes. The outer one houses the bedroom and bathroom boxes and above those are the living room and deck. On the other hand, when it rains you have to find the spots where you won’t get wet.This funcky house is a way to stir up ones life, make the most out of the minimal and enjoy outside features inside.
Container City: The Colombian Food Court with Personality This post is also available in: Spanish, Italian, German In recent years they have popped up around the world, from Mexico to Tokyo, Scotland to Costa Rica, South Africa to Germany, and all over the United States. They have been used for everything imaginable: homes, computer labs, studios, cafes, farms, parks and hotels. Even Starbucks and Tommy Hilfiger have joined the band wagon and opened stores in them. What are they? Shipping containers. Colombia is also in on the trend. Container City opened to the public in February of 2013 in one of the finest business neighborhoods of Bogota. These shipping containers are not shy; sporting colors like fuchsia, lime green, baby blue, stoplight red and lollipop orange, they shout out irreverence. Yes, it is a food court. I sat down with the architect, Alejandro Barreneche, to talk about the project, some of the challenges faced, and the construction process. The design also takes into account the year round good weather in Bogota.
Damien CHIVIALLE . ENSCI La « ferme-container » est née de ces deux questions. Grâce aux nouvelles technologies de culture (hydroponie et aquaculture symbiotiques) de très bons rendements peuvent être obtenus sur une surface très réduite, et ce de manière écologique (production bio et économe en énergie). L’idée de Damien Chivialle est de disposer sur le toit d’un container, une serre de production pour la protéger du milieu urbain. Conçue comme un jardin partagé «hors sol», l’équipement peut stationner dans la rue en toute tranquillité. Chaque ferme-container permet de produire localement une partie des besoins alimentaires des riverains. Elle veut compléter et dynamiser le tissu existant (jardins partagés, restaurants, récolteurs de matière organique, etc).