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Cocoon modules out of shipping container prototype


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


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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Conex box


Today we thank for theirs service to all our military personnel and we honor our veterans. I know you’re probably asking what’s the connection between military and shipping containers, well you probably heard about the conex box, one of the many names of the shipping container.

The CONEX box was developed during the Korean War and was used to transport and store supplies during the Korean and Vietnam war. It was reinvented by Malcom McLean to form the standard Intermodal shipping container (often called an ISO box, after ISO 6346) that is used widely by container shipping companies today.

The use of standardized steel and Aluminum shipping containers began during the late 1940s and early 1950s, when commercial shipping operators and the US military started developing such units. During World War II, the US Army began experiments with containers to ship supplies to the front lines. Cargo was being delayed at ports due to the time required by break bulk loading and offloading of ships. In addition the supplies suffered from pilferage and in-transit damage. In 1948 the U.S. Army Transportation Corps developed the “Transporter”, a rigid, corrugated steel container, able to carry 9,000 pounds (4,082 kg). It was 8 ft 6 in (2.59 m) long, 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) wide, and 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) high, with double doors on one end, was mounted on skids, and had lifting rings on the top four corners.

After proving successful in Korea, the Transporter was developed into the Container Express (CONEX) box system in late 1952. Based on the Transporter, the size and capacity of the Conex were about the same, but the system was made modular, by the addition of a smaller, half-size unit of 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) long, 4 ft 3 in (1.30 m) wide and 6 ft 10 1⁄2 in (2.10 m) high. CONEXs could be stacked three high, and protected their contents from the elements.[4] By 1965, the US military had some 100,000 CONEX boxes, and by 1967, over 100,000 more had been procured to support the escalation of the Vietnam War making this the first worldwide application of intermodal containers.
More than three quarters were shipped only once, because they remained in theatre. The CONEX boxes were as useful to the soldiers as their contents, in particular as storage facilities where there were no other options.

The term “CONEX” remains in common use in the US military to refer to the similar but larger ISO-standard shipping containers.

Credits: Wikipedia

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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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Is the Arctic Ocean set to become a main shipping route in the near future?


Russia is looking to set up a state-run container ship operator to support its efforts to develop the northern sea route in the Arctic region.

There has been much debate on the adoption of northern sea routes in the shipping industry. In the past few months, major boxship operators including CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd and MSC have officially declared that they would not use the Arctic routes due to environmental concerns. Another three shipping majors, Maersk, MOL and Cosco, have all completed trial Arctic voyages in the last couple of years.

According to some estimates, Arctic ice is retreating to the extent that the Northwest Passage could become an economically viable shipping route. For shipping firms transporting goods from China or Japan to Europe or the east coast of the US, the passage would cut thousands of miles off journeys that currently go via the Panama or Suez canals.

An absence of sea-ice in the Northern Sea Route would lower the costs of shipping and potentially create opportunities, for instance in moving resources and goods between Russian Arctic ports and East Asian ports, that might not be profitable in the presence of sea ice.

So we’re looking at a new passage through the northern hemisphere, cheaper and faster between the continents. Who know what’s next ?