Container Housing Exhibition – Bangkok Fair
Shipping container houses are by no means a Western only idea.
In fact given the huge shipping industries throughout Asia, particularly in countries with large coast lines like China or which are island nations like Japan, it seemed as if a grab for shipping container floor plans would be inevitable.
But while the idea of living in a house made of cargo containers may not seem appealing, that’s probably because you didn’t have Buatalah Studios and Site-Specific on your design team when coming up with your shipping container home floor plans.
These two companies were asked to design a green home for the Baan Lae Suan Fair in Bangkok.
What the company came up with was an attractive, spacious, modular home that was made out of 4 recycled shipping containers, and other, various assorted reclaimed materials.
This home, though simple to assemble as most buildings made from shipping containers are, was meant for a family of three.
In addition to space though, this design reused gray water, and it kept in mind the pastural need to grow food for the home and the designers included space and accommodations for that as well. The goal, in the end, was to try and be as eco-friendly and self sufficient as possible in order to cut down on environmental impact.
Shipping container dimensions have proved time and again in various green housing projects that they work perfectly for living quarters.
However, as the trend of green shipping container housing grows more and more it appears that the ingenuity of the designers is only ratcheting up.
Originally just something that was done as a way to reduce the waste created by leaving dozens of shipping containers stacked up on or near the docks waiting their turns to be used again, these housing solutions have become popular with those that want to live off the grid in a home that’s more self-sufficient than those offered within the city limits of many places throughout the world today.
And if that trend continues, then soon these modular container houses will outnumber ISO containers still used in shipping!