The Keetwonen Student Container Housing Project
The Student Housing Project in Keetwonen, Amsterdam is not a shipping container house; rather it’s a shipping container city that’s been disguised as a dormitory.
According to the cargo container home plans for this massive structure each dormitory comes with its own balcony, windows, sleeping area as well as kitchens and baths for the students’ use.
Designed and built by Tempo Housing in the year 2006 the lease for this container city has already been extended, and the reviews from students are roaring with approval for the low cost, good insulation and bike parking that those who live in Keetwonen can take advantage of.
The shipping container floor plans for the largest container city in the world (at least according to the dormitory’s press releases) are just one part of what’s made the structure so successful though.
Shipping containers, which are found all over the world just sitting unused and unwanted on dock fronts and in storage areas, can be easily repurposed into living quarters without a lot of hassle or expense.
Additionally, the dimensions offer just the right amount of flexibility, even if it does make a dorm look like a stack of giant saltine boxes (but what dorm isn’t?). So the city of Amsterdam is killing three or four birds with one big rock.
You have a green structure that’s recycling unwanted refuse and repurposing it into something useful, in addition to low cost housing being provided for students in the city, as well as adding an architectural achievement that may draw more students and tourists through the district looking to see the largest container city in the world.
All in all not a bad solution provided by old cargo containers that ships didn’t require anymore.
The trend of repurposing materials for housing, ranging from shipping containers to other, less likely materials seems to be here to stay.
Motivated in part by the eco-friendly movement and in part by a desire to save money and to create something unique in appearance and feel, more and more buildings are eschewing simple designs in favor of artistic recycling.