|Posted on June 2, 2014 at 5:40 PM|
Architecture re-imagines shipping containers to create modern, sustainable, and affordable housing. Shipping containers have been designed to stack, last a long time, and are built with hardy materials. Shipping containers come in several standard sizes, but most buildings typically use 9'-5" H x 8' W x 20' L or 40' L.
Converting shipping containers into buildings ideally utilizes those which are pre-insulated. The insulated containers have been designed for transporting perishable goods and foods. The insulation is a compact mineral wool; and without metal or wood studs, there are no cold bridges.
Additional benefits include:
- Long lasting
- Hardy materials
- Structurally light
- Minimal construction foundation due to sturdiness
- Affordable as unfinished container costs $1,200-5,000
- Ideal for modernists
- Sustainable and upcycled
- Efficient envelope
- Pre-wired electrically
- Transportable pre and post-construction
- Optional offsite construction and onsite assembly
- Flat roofs are ideal for solar panels