The Lot-Ek Tower: A Green Concept
Building homes from repurposed shipping containers seems to be a trend that’s here to stay.
Judging from the sheer number of cargo container homes and the popularity of cargo container home plans for the enterprising do it yourself crafter, the only problem that may eventually arise is running out of containers to recycle.
However, given that there’s a huge pile-up of these containers and more are being made every day, that’s a fairly remote possibility.
Though not yet built, the Lot-Ek (Low Tech) tower has been marked up and designs show what it would look like if it was built at 87 Lafayette Street in New York City.
Though projects like London’s Container City have shown that shipping container dimensions are just right for making a comfortable and workable living space, the Lot-Ek tower would make huge strides beyond even the biggest attempts at container homes we’ve seen so far.
At 19 stories this tower’s basic purpose is loft housing that would appeal to artists and to the ecologically minded who want to live in a green place in the middle of one of the biggest cities in the world.
In addition to the sheer size of the tower, the Lot-Ek building would stand side by side with older buildings as a way of symbolically tying it to New York’s past.
Additionally, the tower will provide at least some of its own power by putting solar panels all along the angled length to catch the day light and make sure that residents don’t have to depend entirely on the city grid for the power that they need.
When you combine that with the sheer amount of recycled materials going into the tower, and all the repurposed items that have been kept out of landfills and away from dump sites, it would be a pretty impressive achievement. If, that is, it gets finished and takes off as designers hope that it would.