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Z-Glass Cost to Build Estimated Material Costs: $26,000 (370 sq ft) Want to know how much it will cost to have a contractor build it for you? Container Architecture Building out the box Everytime I drive past Low-Cost housing, I cant stop but wondering what creative measures could have been taken, still remaining in budget to make this habitats look appealing. With a worldwide focus on recycling and upcycling, I find the creative use of shipping containers as public spaces, offices and houses fascinating.

Cargotecture: 13 Massive Container Architecture Projects Cargotecture: 13 Massive Container Architecture Projects Article by Steph, filed under Offices & Commercial in the Architecture category. Homes, apartments, offices, emergency shelters – cargo containers are a quick, low-cost, environmentally friendly building block for all of these architectural purposes and more, including massive urban projects that can involve stacking the crates nine stories in the air or grouping thousands into sprawling temporary markets. These 13 shipping container buildings show just how useful these durable, modular, pre-fabricated crates can be. Dordoy Bazaar, Kyrgyzstan (images via: inhabitat)

PREFAB FRIDAY: LOT-EK MDU Shipping Container House It wouldn’t be a stretch to call LOT-EK one of the original pioneers of shipping-container prefab. Their Modular Dwelling Unit, a simple yet brilliant design, has now been on the scene since 2002, and serves as a great prefab archetype for an array of other module-based designs were now seeing gaining huge popularity and attention. The idea is simple: transform a single shipping container into a single dwelling unit that is complete in its flexibility, mobility, and scalability. Designed for the modern-day nomad, the MDU can easily be transported from one spot to the next, fully-loaded with all the live/work amenities you could ask for. containerbay There is growing interest in the use of shipping containers as the basis for habitable structures. These "icons of globalization" are relatively inexpensive, structurally sound and in abundant supply. Although, in raw form, containers are dark windowless boxes (which might place them at odds with some of the tenets of modernist design...) they can be highly customizable modular elements of a larger structure. The projects below are sorted alphabetically (by company or designer's name). In addition to the container-based projects listed below we offer links to useful web sites and relevant books. Selected projects utilizing shipping containers.

Teahouse / A1 Architects Architects: David Maštálka / A1 Architects Location: Prague, Czech Republic Client: David Maštálka and Lenka Kremenová Project year: 2008 (35 days) Contractor: Vojtěch Bilišic , scupltor and carpenter (Slovak Republic) Collaborators: Lenka Kremenová, Marta Maštálková, Rudolf Maštálka Dome construction: Jan Bašta Opponency of Diploma Project: Terunobu Fujimori , University of Tokyo Interpreting: Petr Holý, Director of Czech Center in Tokyo Surface Area: 3,75 sqm Construction Area: 7 sqm Photographs: Ester Havlová The Garden At the foot of the hill dividing Hloubetin and Aloisov you’ll find a small garden. The garden is unostentatious, slightly wild but even so graceful, each spring apple and cherry trees blossom and when summer swiftly blows upon us our sight of the passing clouds is surrounded by slim blades of grass. The teahouse as a minimal place to gather Natural material

Crazy for Containers - Design Perhaps UK developer Roger Wade is due for a visit to Seattle. For legions of prefab fans and practitioners, the world’s first exhibit devoted solely to container architecture was long overdue. The Container Architecture Expo opened in Ljubljana in 2010, and last month, after a stop in Paris, made its North American debut at the American Institute of Architects gallery in Seattle. Made of steel or aluminum, shipping containers are an ideal building block: their resistance to hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes makes them well suited to such humanitarian projects as post-disaster housing, schools, health- and community.

PREFAB FRIDAY: LOT-EK Container Home Kit (CHK) We’ve raved about Lot-Ek before for their ingenious conversions of industrial shipping containers into inhabitable modern spaces. And with their Container Home Kit (CHK) project, they’re bringing shipping containers to the masses with a clever and easily-adaptable system for virtually every residential context. Lot-ek’s scalable system can accommodate anywhere from 640-2560 square feet, and comes fully equipped and ready to plop on-site with built-in electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and fully insulated AND furnished.

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