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Cocoon modules out of shipping container prototype

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Some Greek companies are thinking already about the future and started to design a modular and environmentally friendly prototype of a modern dwelling.

The prototype features significant advantages such as having manufacturing up to 50% lower cost compared to a conventional construction, ‘smart’ low technology systems for day-to-day needs, and all natural sustainable designed furniture. the prototype has also been designed to maximize comfort, with brightly lit social areas providing views to the surrounding garden. the private sleeping quarters feature high quality mattresses. The manufacturing cost is up to 50% less than conventional construction.

They can be built within weeks in designated industrial spaces and can then be transported and placed on site. By using the modularity of the container they create ergonomic spaces of great design that can be expanded as legos do.

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π-ville 99 the experimental campus of Korea University in Seoul

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This project repurposed shipping container to expand student spaces in Seoul. It’s intended to provide additional areas for the university, creating alternating interior and exterior spaces, balconies, and enclosed spaces for different purposes.

The designers used disposed shipping containers to keep the original, raw surfaces untouched giving the building an authentic recycled look.

The stacked shipping containers are hosting a series of suitable areas for students, the spaces being divided into A-block and B-block. The first block contains the auditorium, the cafeteria, media room and open spaces for different exhibitions. The other block has the studio spaces, penthouse, open studios, meeting rooms and classrooms. The main blocks are connected through a few walkways with wide terraces.

How nice of them to reuse shipping containers for the youth to enjoy and have their own new campus and I bet it didn’t cost that much either.

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Let’s DOCK INN at a beautiful container hostel in Germany

This hostel is located in Warnemünde, surrounded by the local harbor and shipyard. It’s the first upcycling hostel. this project is unique and outstanding.

The containers are painted in 4 different colors and furniture is made of natural materials. The hostel has 64 rooms with a total of 188 beds located in four different types of containers. 30ft HC is transformed into spacious double and four bed room, where two containers are combined together, to create the harbor suites and eight bed dorms.

Interior design, decor and furniture is made out of wood, europallets and other industrial materials repurposed especially for this hostel. In the galley you can prepare your food or read a book, overlooking the harbor.

What a beautiful way of recycling used shipping containers, can’t wait to see more of these and see people understand that we can build a cleaner environment.

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Terrifying show in a blacked-out shipping container – Séance

Séance is built in a 40ft shipping container and debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2017, some sessions had to be aborted midway so audience members could get out. The immersive theater experience combines the concept of a traditional séance with 3D audio technology and sensory deprivation; it blurs the bounds of perception and reality and can therefore be overwhelming– and terrifying – for those who take part.

Participants go into the container, take a seat and put on a head set. Leaving their hands on the table, they receive ‘information’ through the head sets for 20 minutes while sitting in complete darkness. This doesn’t sound too scary until you realize that the whole experience is more like a psychological experiment to mess with you, because though the only senses being engaged are touch and sound, the audio is designed to make punters conjure up imagery and question what is real and what isn’t. So, instead of genuinely conjuring the supernatural, Séance’s creepy weirdness comes from inside of your own mind.

Besides that it all goes down in the pitch black of a shipping container, the organizers don’t recommend it for the claustrophobic or anyone suffering a heart condition.

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The hobbit house by the lake

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In Cove Park, a well-known center for established artists on the coast of Scotland, having 50 acres of unspoiled hillside overlooking Loch Long. In 2002 Container City were commissioned to build three en-suite ‘Cubes’ directly in front of the Loch. Their facilities include six converted shipping container rooms as accommodations for artists’ retreats. The “cubes” all look out over beautiful Loch Long and were specially designed to fit into the surrounding countryside. The sliding glass doors open up straight onto the Loch for a seamless transition from inside to out.

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Amazing Shipping Container House Design

Completed in May 2010, this 1,517 square foot, solar-powered house is located in Nederland, Colorado, USA.

This project questions the need for excessive space and challenges occupants to be efficient. Two shipping containers saddlebag a taller common space, that connects local rock outcroppings to the expansive mountain ridge views. The containers house sleeping and work functions, while the center space provides entry, dining, living and a loft above.

The loft deck invites easy camping as the platform bed rolls between interior and exterior. The project is planned to be off-the-grid using solar orientation, passive cooling, green roofs, pellet stove heating and photo voltaic to create electricity.

Credits for design and pictures: Studio H:T

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What about building a luxury beach house from shipping containers?

We saw how versatile shipping containers are when building different structures, why not build a luxury beach house out of them. We can get inspired from The Redondo Beach House project, which turned out to be a award winning family residence.

Built by the famous architect Peter DeMaria, one of the country’s first architects to incorporate steel cargo containers into residential designs, located in Southern California, the house won the American Institute of Architecture’s Excellence in Design Innovation Award in 2007.

In DeMaria’s hybrid design for the Redondo Beach container house, conventional stick-frame construction combined eight re-purposed steel shipping containers to form the two-story home. The containers were retrofitted off-site, helping to reduce labor costs during installation.

To play up the industrial good looks of the containers, the homeowners chose not to cover-up the corrugated steel walls with siding or to replace the sturdy maritime wood floors that come standard in cargo boxes. In addition to the open main living area, the Redondo Beach container house has four bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths.

Thanks to the solar energy and placing the building facing the sun, the Redondo Beach container house remains cool and comfortable all year long. The swimming pool is also a re-purposed container.

The architect choose shipping containers because of their sturdy structure, cost effectiveness, resistant to fire, mold, termites, and made of heavy-gauge steel, a material meant to last for centuries.

For long-term energy savings and environmental protection, low-flow plumbing fixtures, LED lights, and Energy Star appliances were installed throughout the house. Stick-frame walls were insulated with UltraTouch, a recycled denim material, and the rooftops and walls of the containers were painted with a thick coat of white ceramic insulating paint originally developed by NASA.

Also the Redondo Beach container house features a wide opening of 20-foot-high living room, outfitted with glass-panel airplane hangar doors that fold out to create a seamless indoor-outdoor living space.  

It is a perfect house for nature lovers. During this project, you can see how a common shipping container is transformed into a residence. When all light turns on, it views a marvelous look at night.

Credits: DeMaria Design and bobvila.com

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Wedding, save the date and trash the dress trends you should consider.

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Maybe you think shipping containers cannot create a romantic and beautiful image, but most of the time, unconventional places, can create more memories and remains in people minds for longer than traditional ones. So people have figured out a way to blend them in their wedding parties and photo sessions. We’ve seen the trusty shipping container modified to serve as pop-up retail shops, tiny homes, hospitals, and even swimming pools. Now, containers are starting to take their place on the biggest day of some couples’ lives. From portable bars to colorful backdrops, the shipping container wedding trend is beginning to make its mark on weddings and engagements.

Most people think that in order to reuse an old shipping container, they need to be stripped clean and built up with expensive new materials. One couple decided they loved the Shipping Container just as it is! And what a beautiful gallery they’ve got! They chose to use the colorful, textured stacks of steel boxes as the backdrop for their Wedding photos. They knew it would be the spot for their treasured photos and that the harsh, dirty containers create a rough, industrial look that will overlap and blend with the soft, lovely and romantic atmosphere, creating a striking image.

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Are you ready to receive your shipping container?

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After so many deliveries and so many questions we decided to help you with some tips and information that might help you when purchasing a shipping container. As a company that respects its customers and employees, we prioritize the safety, security and integrity of all our storage containers.

Before any site modification is made, contact your local council to inquire it is legal to do so without a permit (which may be required) – a phone call is cheaper than a fine or the cost of relocating the container.

As part of our delivery process, we inspect each container to ensure its structural integrity and security when picking them up. We also take steps to protect our crew, as well as our customers on site. This includes asking our customers to take responsibility in preparing the delivery site.

Decide on an area

Storage containers are big. Sounds obvious, but it can be hard to visualize just how much space a 20ft or a 40ft storage container will take up. Furthermore, once the container has been delivered, you won’t be able to move it on your own, unless you have the proper equipment ( crane or heavy forklift ). Therefore, the first step to take when preparing for delivery is deciding on the best location to place it, of course this after you already decided on a size that fits your needs.

To work out just where you’d like your container to go, it’s a good idea to mark out the area with cones or rope. This will give you an accurate representation of exactly where your container will be placed. Plus, it will provide you with the opportunity to check that you’ll be able to enter and exit your container seamlessly. Make sure not only that you can get into your container, but also that you have spare room for it to be unloaded from the trailer. A rule of thumb is to leave enough space for two containers for delivery. For instance, for a 20ft container, give yourself 50-60ft of room for a stress-free delivery.

Think also about how the driver should get on your property, so when we ask you, how the container should be positioned on the trailer, with the doors facing towards the cab of the truck or towards the rear of the truck, you already know the right answer.

Make sure you have enough space for the delivery truck

Think about the size of the container. The truck will need enough space to make very wide turns and to get in your property / delivery area, around, and out of the property. Make sure there’s plenty of clearance to get through gates, under tree limbs, power lines and other obstructions. We always ask about an ideal width clearance is at least 15 feet, though our drivers can work with 10.

Usually for the deliveries to go smooth for a 20ft container the requirements are:

  • 14-16 ft height clearance
  • 50-60 ft length for a straight shot unloading when they are coming on a 20ft roll off trailer, otherwise take in consideration the same length requirements as a 40ft container
  • 15 ft width

For delivering a 40ft container requirements would be:

  • 14-16 ft height clearance
  • 100-120 ft length for a straight shot unloading
  • 15 ft width

The deliveries are made on flat bed trailers or tilt bed trailers, and there could be two types of delivery methods.

1 – Drag Off delivery – also known as customer assisted unloading, inquires that the customer has to use an anchor point to help the driver unload the container. You can watch how a drag off delivery takes place in the video here.

2 – Roll Off delivery – this type of unloading has no requirements for the customer to assist the driver for unloading, it goes smooth and no stress either. You can watch how a roll off delivery takes place in the video here.

The truck will need to maneuver into the space to make the delivery, backing up and pulling in to get the right angle. As a rule, 50-60ft of depth clearance is good for 20ft containers and 100-120ft for 40ft containers, not including space for the delivery truck to maneuver in and out.

Prepare the ground

Once you’ve decided on the area that your container will be delivered to, it’s time to actually prepare the ground for the container. The most important step to take at this stage is to ensure the ground isn’t too soft. Although containers are one of the most weather-resistant and durable storage solutions, at up to 8800-9000 pounds heavy, they’re liable to sink if placed on a particularly soft patch of ground. Additionally, if placed directly onto consistently damp ground, the bases of even the most durable storage containers will eventually be damaged over time.

If you’re stuck for options and you really need to place the container on damp ground, you can consider putting down some gravel or wooden planks as a form of additional support. This also helps keep the door frames square and ensure smooth operation of both doors.  Either 4×4 or 8×8 or even railroad ties would do. After delivery you can also crank it up and put cinder blocks on the corners and sides so you can keep it off the ground level, this will allow for airflow underneath the container to dry out the surface that the unit is placed on. It will prevent the formation of condensation which leads to mold, rot, and (potentially) flooding. If you’re intending on keeping your container indefinitely, it may be worth the investment to simply pave the area where it will be stationed, this ensures the absolute best conditions for your unit.

After delivery

Once the container is in place, check the integrity of the container. Swing the door open and shut, making sure it closes easily and tightly, and ensure the locks function easily. 

We recommend to power wash your shipping container and paint it to increase it’s life and keep it’s durability over time.

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Shipping container drive through idea

Jack in the Box was America’s first drive-thru burger chain, and they created National Drive-Thru Day to celebrate America’s love of convenience by vehicle. People have enjoyed this service since the 1930s.

Did you know:

  • There are more than 211,000 fast food restaurants in the United States.
  • The drive-thru format was pioneered in the United States for banking services.
  • Hamburgers sold for just 18 cents at some of the first drive-thru restaurants.
  • Restaurants, coffee shops, liquor stores, pharmacies and many more services utilize drive-thrus for quick service.

So many food chains and not only have decided to use shipping containers for their shops and drive through. To protect the nature and recycle the used decommissioned containers. What would be the next step to make these containers even more usable after their shipping live has ended?