Exploring not-so-big livingShedworkingSmall Living JournalcontainerbayThere 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. Info credits: Zack Smith, Kevin Tze King Ho. Back to top of page Useful linksIf you have any relevant links let us know Container Sources Shipping containers are widely available - here are just a few of the many sources: Technical Resources Books
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Living Van & Vintage ShowsMy Living Van Living vans are like caravans, but usually more heavily built to withstand commercial use. This one was built by Cheshire County Council around 1955, it stands nine feet high and is about ten feet long, and weighs about a ton. There is a small brass plaque inside which says Roads and Bridges Dept DIST.no.3NO.210/17 If anyone knows exactly what these numbers refer to, I would like to hear from you. Ex Cheshire County Council Living van and 1955. 86" Landrover. I fitted out the interior in traditional style. The "chassis" is made of wood and bolted to the top of the semi elliptic springs, The roof consists of six curved cross beams of 2"x2" Ash steamed to shape, covered with T&G boards, and finished with roofing felt glued and nailed down.I've started drawing some plans showing it's simple construction which may be of use to anyone building or rebuilding a similar van. Van construction page Back one Page