When joined together in series at their Container House blocks, there is usually small gap between the corner posts of the container frame and many approaches are employed to close or seal this. For permanent housing the most common approach is to weld plate covers onto to this to make a permanent seal. More demountable approaches use gaskets, injected polyfoam, industrial tapes, and usually some kind of thin alloy cover. For a large series it's also common to employ a new composite membrane roof or a retrofit roofing system. Heat gain is a big issue even with insulated containers and many people feel a need for the traditional pitched roof, so adding roofing on top of containers is common. Insulating/reflective paints like Thermoshield (originally developed for insulating rocket hulls) also help with heat gain issues.
The development was designed by Penda Architecture and Design for developer Pooja Crafted Homes. Covering 36,000 sq m (387,500 sq ft), it aims to use a modern construction approach to provide residents with potential for individualism and flexibility.
The tower takes the form of a grid containing a number of separate elements. Only the structural grid itself and the infrastructure are not customizable. Other elements in the apartments, including the walls, façade, ceiling, floors, balconies and plants, can all be tailored to the preference of each resident.
Actually, the reasons for using cargo containers to construct an underground home are not as strange as it might seem on passing glance. The cost of construction is one reason that makes them attractive. Our two-container dwelling, or 640 square feet of floor space, cost right at $30,000 fully finished. That is less than $50 per square foot, which is less than half of the conventional costs for construction at the time of this writing. A livable space could be done for even less and a lot could be saved using recycled materials.
We now have a wonderfully comfortable home that is solar-powered and uses very little energy, as well as land on which to grow our own food. We don’t need a lot of money to keep our homestead up and running. We don’t have city water or electric payments, and our taxes are quite low because we are rated agriculture. We have lots of room between ourselves and our neighbors, and we can see amazing star displays at night. We wouldn’t trade it for anything.
Find places to be alone. I don't think I could have survived in our small Container Houses (123 square feet per person) as a teenager if I hadn't enjoyed an outdoor retreat where I spent all of my time between school and supper. It's good for everyone to have private spaces, even if they're tiny, outdoors, or down at the local coffee shop.