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Atypical Housing: Shipping containers contain a housing idea

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Some people might agree and some may not if I say that the shipping container buildings are nothing new. Conceptually, these continue to appear on a regular basis. The “Box Office,” a shipping container structure modified into an office, is one such novelty for the eco-fanatics. Standing tall and proud in Providence, Rhode Island, this prefabricated construction touts meticulous stacking of 32 shipping containers. Designed by Joe Haskett, the Distil Studio principal, this building ensures a creative and environmentally conscious development.

The Box Office, basically, reuses 90 tons of upcycled steel, and flaunts rain gardens, non-petroleum based insulation and low-VOC interior finishes. In addition, there are high-performing windows, doors and an HVAC system to filter pollutants from surface excess water and provide a responsive environment to the inhabitants. The building will use 25% less electricity when compared to the conventional ones. It provides a better insight into the recession-hit construction tactics where prefab and recycled is surely going to rule, says Peter Gill Case of Truth Box.

Making waste usable in building strange abodes:

Anyhow, it’s always better to recycle rather adding nuisance to the environment. The designers and innovators have done a remarkable job in refashioning and lending trash with some usability. Taking the theme of recycling a bit further, here we’ve tried to draft a complete line-up of some wondrous structures reprocessed by redundant materials that have been put to a sensible use:

1) Future Shack

Architect: Sean Godsell
Year of Completion: 2004
Green Factor:
– Made from a ready-made, re-used shipping container and
– Fully solar-powered.
Peculiarity: Being entirely self-contained, the units can be shipped to where they’re required.

2) Detroit Container Condo

Architect: Steven Flum
Year of Completion: 2008
Green Factor: Containers reused in fashioning windows and doors out of them.
Peculiarity: Costs about $1.8 million, about 25% less than a normal condo project.

3) Miranda Homes
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Architect: Rob Boydstun
Year of Completion: 2009
Green Factor: Junked cars morphed into green manufactured houses
Peculiarity: It limits the whole process of building a house down to 45 days. Mind you, a standard home takes an average of six to nine months for completion.

4) Recycled Rococo
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Architect: Mary Jane
Location: Antonito, Colorado
Green Factor: Made from recycled boards, windows, rocks, glass, pieces of metal and aluminum cans.
Peculiarity: The entire construction looks like a church.

5) DasPark Hotel
Location: Germany
Green Factor: It is made from recycled pipes and each unit contains a double bed, storage space, light, mains electricity.
Peculiarity: Hands out a strange experience and the Danube, flowing close by, adds to the pleasure of residing in such bizarre cabins.

Dr Prem Jagyasi

Dr Prem is an award winning strategic leader, renowned author, publisher and highly acclaimed global speaker. Aside from publishing a bevy of life improvement guides, Dr Prem runs a network of 50 niche websites that attracts millions of readers across the globe. Thus far, Dr Prem has traveled to more than 40 countries, addressed numerous international conferences and offered his expert training and consultancy services to more than 150 international organizations. He also owns and leads a web services and technology business, supervised and managed by his eminent team. Dr Prem further takes great delight in travel photography.

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