The role of the shipping container

When you think of a shipping Container House as more than just a box, but part of a system, then it begins to make sense. And the logical, and inevitable conclusion is that housing is no longer any different than any other product, but can be built anywhere in the world. The role of the shipping container in architecture will be to offshore the housing industry to China, just like every other. That is their real future.

Far from the clunky, rusting boxes that you might imagine, homes made from containers can be modern, stylish and chic, not to mention very environmentally friendly and sustainable, something that we fully applaud.

We admit, the cold, hard exterior might put some people off, and it’s hard to envisage one making a cosy family home, but just a little research revealed loads of innovative projects from around the world. People from across the globe are transforming containers into living spaces, and here are just a few of our favourite container housing projects to help inspire you.

Where energy usage is concerned, LivingHomes aims for the C6 homes to use very little energy and for all energy used to be from self-generated or renewable sources. All C6 homes are fitted with solar panels to generate electricity and use low energy lights and appliances, among other energy-saving features.

For water, the aim is to use no potable water for irrigation and at least 30 percent less indoor water than the average home does. According to LivingHomes, a C6 actually manages to use 40 percent less than the average home. Low-flow fixtures are used and grey water from the bath, shower, washing machine, and dishwasher is collected for irrigation.

While the usual Container Houses or slightly tilted stack in bookshelves is common for a classic home, alternative placement speaks for a bolder style.

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