January 26, 2010

Maybe this is too crazy - shipping containers as homes - Haiti?

Before your roll your eyes, check these out.  They are meant to go on ships so they are water tight and painted in epoxy paint.  The sides fold down completely giving much ventilation, and structurally they are way more sound than anything we live in.  They also can lock together to form "multiple rooms" & even stack.  I think they are cool, and may serve as a good model in rebuilding nations.  Let me know what you think!!

This sweet little model comes from Atelier Workshop



Below is the Ecopod from Ecopods.ca


  • Here's a little bit about the Ecopods from their site!
  • It's substantially crafted from recycled materials so that you can enjoy the natural environment 'responsibly' without contributing to the construction industry's ongoing wastage of our natural resources.
  • It has a small ecological footprint making it a discreet addition to well-established natural habitats.
  • It's compact, energy efficient and entirely 'off-grid' saving on the cost of both bringing utilities to the site as well as protecting you from the rising cost of oil and electricity prices.
  • It's a building which adapts with your own individual needs - you can transport it from site to site, add more units as your family or budget expands or re-orientate the units to suite the topography and best views your site has to offer.
  • It's an affordable option that allows you to enjoy your recreational space now rather than saving for years to meet the rising cost of building that second home.
  • It's factory-fabricated to unbeatable standards avoiding the hassle, expense and wait for reputable local contractors and craftsmen.
  • It's secure like no other home allowing it to be left in remote locations for months at a time, with no worries of pests, vandalism or break-ins.

This one I think is just plain old PRETTY!  I would totally live in a place like this.  It's by http://demariadesign.com/1/ and all of her architecture is great



This one is by http://www.icgreen.net and their stuff is just easy



This last one is from http://www.barkbark.ca.  I like all of them, and there are so many more out there I could keep going on and on!!!  There is something to this and in our changing world we need to take advantage of every option we have.  And if not container homes, I think this will evolve into a home that can sustain natural disasters effortlessly.






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