Striking apartment complex is made of 48 raw shipping containers

October 27, 2017 by  
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While some designers choose to mask the rough aesthetic of shipping containers with sophisticated cladding, Danish firm Arkitema Architects are proudly putting the metal boxes at the forefront with the design of a new apartment complex in Denmark. Beat Box is a funky complex comprised of 48 containers whose simple and raw appearance was blends in nicely with the former industrial neighborhood of Musicon, just outside of Copenhagen. The Beat Box apartment complex uses 48 containers to create 30 light-filled apartments. Spanning over three blocks in a semi-circle shape, the modern complex will face two of the most central streets in the city. The ground floor will be enclosed with large glass panels to create a strong connection between the structure and its urban environment. Related: This shipping container hotel is so cool you’ll forget its a shipping container The rough exteriors of the shipping containers will be retained, while the interiors will be converted into modern living spaces of various sizes. Large glazed windows and doors will be built into the containers to bring natural light into the units, some of which will have balconies. Future tenants will also be able to enjoy amenities such as a bbq patio and ample bike parking. Thanks to the efficiency of building with shipping containers , construction of the Beat Box project will be a fairly straightforward. Additionally convenient is that the complex will be built in a way so that the structure will be flexible , meaning that the containers can be reconfigured in years to come if necessary. Retaining the rugged exterior of the containers is an integral part of the design, which is focused on creating a sustainable icon for the neighborhood’s revitalization goals, which aims to add 1,000 jobs and 1,000 homes to the Musicon area over the next 15 years. The ambitious urban plan is counting on various sustainable architectural projects accommodate the new population, which will hopefully see the previously industrial area converted into a thriving avant-garde community. + Arkitema Architects Via Archdaily Images via Arkitema Architects

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Create Your Own Zero Waste Starter Kit

August 2, 2016 by  
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When I began my zero waste week, I quickly realized that being prepared was half the battle.  Living a virtually waste-free life was easy when I had the supplies necessary to do so – my containers and utensils, my bags and my bottles….

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WoodStalk Offers Bamboo Alternatives to Plastic Cannabis Containers

February 27, 2014 by  
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Green just became greener. San Francisco-based company, WoodStalk, offers cannabis consumers an all-natural, reusable, sustainable bamboo container to store their cannabis. Similar to reusable grocery bags, eco-friendly bamboo container used instead of single-use plastic and glass containers will help consumers reduce their carbon footprint. + WoodStalk The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bamboo , bamboo cannabis containers , cannabis consumers , cannabis containers , green design , renewable materials , reusable materials , San Francisco , single-use plastics , sustainable design , woodstalk        

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Modular Modern COMMOD House is Made From Recycled Shipping Containers

August 9, 2013 by  
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The COMMOD House by ContainMe! is a 100% recyclable modular house made from repurposed shipping containers . The modern home can grow or shrink according to its residents’ needs, it features a low energy footprint, and it’s made form healthy, low-voc materials like clay, wood, cellulose and steel. + COMMOD House The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Cargotecture , COMMOD House , ContainMe! , Green Building , green design , recycled shipping container , shipping container , Sustainable Building , sustainable design        

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Yoyogi Village Features a Lush Interior Vertical Garden in Tokyo

January 2, 2012 by  
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25hours: Reclaimed Shipping Container Hotel in Hamburg

December 2, 2011 by  
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[ By Steph in Art & Design & Geography & Travel . ] Have you ever visited a harbor bustling with barges, cranes and sunburned dock workers and thought, ‘I wish I could sleep here’? If so, you’re in luck. The architecture firm Stephen Williams Associates have completed a hotel in Hamburg that will make you feel like you’re staying in a shipping warehouse “with the roughness a sailor would appreciate.” The central unit of the 25hours Hafencity Hotel is a bright orange, weather-worn shipping container that was donated to the project. It encloses a conference center adjacent to the main lounge, where the floor is painted with yellow grid markings.  The main desk is made of plywood boxes, and when guests arrive, they pile their luggage onto industrial trolleys that are lugged around by burly safe in Breton shirts. Guest rooms are intimate as ship cabins, each fitted with a trunk stocked with drinks, a logbook, information packets and electrical sockets. The architects emphasize that staying here is an experience in itself, boasting, “The ‘Hafen Sauna’ is on the rooftop built within a rusty container with panoramic views over the industrial harbor. It is the furthest from wellness that one could imagine.” “We wanted to create a web of meaning with interrelating signs and symbols referring to seafaring and harbour life. A place where old and new stories come to life,” says Stephen Williams. “Objects are just like characters in the script, they are not the story itself. It is the interplay that brings this to life, the context of spacial sequences. To achieve democratic spaces where everyone can feel comfortable and be who they are is worth achieving. Then we have created the true living room of the Harbour city.” Want More? Click for Great Related Content on WebEcoist: Great Crates: 3 Cool Cases of Shipping Container Reuse A zero-waste pop-up restaurant, a chic and colorful guest house and a cool new concept for Boy Scout camp cabins are 3 new examples of shipping container reuse. 2 Comments – Click Here to Read More »» World’s Trashiest Hotel: Rome Hotel Built of Beach Garbage Think that fleabag motel you stayed in was trashy? It was nothing compared to this hotel, which was made entirely of garbage found on the beach. 1 Comment – Click Here to Read More »» 15 Awesome Ways to Reuse Shipping Containers Once their conventional usefulness is up, shipping containers can be transformed into spectacular, modern buildings like hotels, museums, homes and shops. 10 Comments – Click Here to Read More »» [ By Steph in Art & Design & Geography & Travel . ] [ WebEcoist | Archives | Galleries | Privacy | TOS ]

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Increased Efficiency with Folding Shipping Containers

October 20, 2011 by  
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Shipping containers are intriguing artifacts of global consumer culture. While they are meant to be reusable, there is such an imbalance of trade that frequently they do not return to their country of origin, and shipping empty containers is inefficient for the shipping lines. So, while a small number of the containers end up being re-purposed, many more do not. To address this problem, the Staxxon container can be folded up small enough that five empty containers will fit in the space normally filled by one ordinary container. Because the Staxxon containers are as strong as conventional containers, and since they can be moved and handled without changes to how containers are normally handled, they have the potential to make inroads in the shipping industry . Several stacked containers are no heavier than a full container, so there are no special handling requirements in that regard, and operationally, fewer crane lifts and truck trips would be needed to move bundles of empty containers, so there are time and energy efficiencies to be gained with the adoption of these containers. via: Failure magazine

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15 Portable homes made using shipping containers

August 27, 2011 by  
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A Dutta: 15 Portable homes made using shiping containers Top Image Ever wondered when you saw those shipping containers on a train or cargo ship- ‘ hey, that actually would make a great home to live in’. Well, they do, and people are moving in. Plus, they’re stronger than an average house, are movable, and above all they’re affordable. Check out this list of 15 homes fashioned completely out of shipping containers. 1. MDU shipping container home If you’ve ever lived in a shipping container home or have an idea about constructing one, you’ll be aware that the problem is not length but the width of the container which gives the home a cramped, cold, and boring look. The Mobile Dwelling Unit or simply MDU is different as it’s wide, relaxing and suave on the inside. The house has a standard 40-foot cargo container with eight elements sliding and folding out from the core central container structure which includes a kitchen, bathroom, bed, desk, sofa, reading nook and a pantry. Add a simple light plywood panels and bright red-painted highlights to the interior, and you have a home that is comfortable and elegant. 2. Ecopod The Ecopod is a shipping container house of the future. Almost every inch of the house is made from recycled goods, which makes this living space a responsible and effective alternative. The interior boasts of flooring made from post-consumer tire rubber, walls made with magnesium oxide compounds, a soy-based insulation, and a watermill for drinking water. The Ecopod is also completely self-reliant and just needs an 80 watt solar panel to keep it going. 3.Port-a-Bach This home on-the-go can rolled into place, folded down one side, and almost carried with you. This 20-foot container has been outfitted with an entire studio apartment, including a kitchen and a full bath with a composting toilet. Although it might throw up some privacy issues, but the Port-a-Bach is small, energy efficient, designed to be environmentally clean and easy to hook up to services. All you need to take it vacationing with you is a 16-wheeler or a chopper. 4. Crossbox This modern residence is clad in a low-maintenance material with a sleek finish, while the inside is kept simple and bright. A Crossbox home is composed of four “containers”, two on the bottom and two on the top stacked crosswise, with living and dining areas on the bottom and bedrooms up top. 5.The Manifesto House Made out of shipping containers and wooden pallets, this house is a perfect mix of eclectic styling and intelligent finishing. The wooden pallets, apart from giving the home a brilliant texture, naturally cool the house because of the easy air-flow through the slats. 6. Greentainer Made of completely stripped down shipping containers and then wrapped in glass, the Greentainer is designed specifically for public spaces. Office space, lounge, or transparent chill-zones; the Greentainer takes off the stress just by looking at it. 7. Redondo Beach House This hybrid house makes the best of the containers and minimizes its worst (narrow inside). The advantages of making a hybrid structure allows the complex interiors; the kitchens and bathrooms to be prefabricated elsewhere. 8 . Espace The Espace home is as customizable as your car, allowing you to pick and choose from a variety of features- everything from size and configuration to roofing, balcony, and interior material options. A structure optimized for energy conservation and heat retention makes it a perfect match for a green backyard. 9 . Modern shipping container home in Houston Made by developers Katie Nichols and John Walker along with architect Christopher Robertson out of 4 shipping containers from nearby ports, this house is constructed with the help of advanced techniques which gives it a sturdy upper hand. One of the advantages of working with shipping containers is the flexibility it offers in its positioning. You can almost pile it up any way you want. The high cubes (40 foot) make up the living room and the standard (20 foot) ones serves as a galley kitchen. One of the high cubes is also used as a guest cottage.Their 6 inch fiberglass insulation is cool enough to be used by NASA for their shuttle boosters! 10 . Illy Push Button House This hydraulic-powered house opens up with a button, slowly, over the course of 90 seconds. The kitchen, bedroom, dining area, which unfurls with a push of a button is completely made from recycled material. Adam Kalkin, the designer, may have just opened up new doors for disaster-relief housing, exhibition spaces or a sustainable homes. 11 . Adam Kalkin’s Quik House Another prefab house designed by Adam Kalkin which can be put together in 8 weeks into a boxy 2000 sq ft house- three bedrooms and two and one-half baths included. 12 . Prefab Sustainable Housing Made From Recycled Shipping Containers The framework of shipping containers are used to create the basic structure of the residential house. the E-House successfully combines container architecture with residential housing to provide environmentally-responsible design and construction to the housing marketplace. Ranging in size from 740-square-feet to 1300-square-feet, the homes are assembled off-site and then shipped to the specified location. 13 . Linx Shipping Container Shelter Designed by Dublin-based Richard Barnwall, the Linx is meant to be a laid-back temporary container shelter for workers on construction sites, making the breaks all the more comfortable and refreshing. 14 . Container House by Leger Wanaselja Their take on containers houses was to stretch the limits of how green one could go. Leger Wanaselja Architecture repurposed refrigerated shipping containers which provides insulation, and a built-in structural frame.Even the shipping container doors were repurposed as retaining walls.To top it, the addition of solar tubes for day lighting, energy star appliances just makes this home a dedicated and completely hard-earned green venture. 15 . LOT-EK Container Home Kit These cargo container houses can accommodate anywhere from 640-2560 square feet, and is fully equipped and ready to plop on-site with built-in electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and insulation. It’s fully-equipped conceptually as well, making practical use of the world’s surplus of ISO cargo containers while exploiting the inherent structural qualities of the containers themselves.

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Best eco friendly lights for greener gardens

August 27, 2011 by  
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Latha Iyer: Solar Garden Light Garden lights powered by renewable energy Are you an environmentally friendly person constantly seeking new ways of contributing to make the world a greener place? What better place than to start from your own garden! Eco friendly garden lights are the right way to go. The batteries are charged using solar power during the day and can be used to light up your garden during nights. Investing in solar energy is a great way to check electricity usage. Just install solar panels and you are ready to go. Here are some of the best eco friendly garden lights you can choose from: 1. Solar-powered petal lights The petal lights by Emma Caselton consist of six glowing petals suspended with the help of a cable. Shaped like falling butterfly wings, these garden lamps are made up of transparent solar cells each of which is embedded with an LED. They are a good choice for your lawn, garden or even pool side. 2. Solar-powered renaissance lanterns The best way to embellish your garden side walks in a conventional yet enchanting manner. The flickering lights look real as well as they keep your electricity bills in check. A single charge gives a power usage of up to 10 hours. 3. Wild grass solar lights Shaped like grass these eco friendly solar lights add a unique glow to your garden. They come in a set of 3 and can easily be maneuvered to bend them as you wish. Stick them in the soil & see them light up your garden. 4. OCO garden lamp A simple but innovative lighting system which serves a dual function. The LED can be used to light both the ground below and the sky above. A position light illuminates the ground and residual light is used to brighten up the night sky in either green or amber color depending on the color of the plastic cover. You can pick from two versions that are available. One which can be placed on a firm ground and the other with 3 fastening points. 5. Solar globes If you would like to give a celestial look to your garden then look no further than Solar globes. Spherical in shape, these lights can be used to add color to your pond or fountain. They also come with a pole which helps you to fix them on your pathway. You can take your pick from simple sphere shaped balls that come in different colors to ornamental pieces like the solar globe heart sun catcher which has a heart shaped copper ring surrounding a glowing glass orb. From the simple to the decorative, there is something to suit everybody. 6. Firefly An exquisite combination of solar energy collection and garden art, this lamp uses photovoltaic solar cells. It collects sunlight, converts it to energy and stores it for lighting the LED at sunset. But the most unique feature of this lamp is that it automatically turns on during dusk. It comes with a stainless steel stake that can even be shortened to use on the flower bed or flower pot. Apart from these features it is also low maintenance. The amber LED light doesn’t need replacement and also the battery has a life of 2 years. An amalgam of economy and aesthetics, this is the right choice for those of who are looking for eco friendly as well as economical options. 7. Solar Lanterns Do you love twinkly lights or candles to illuminate your garden but are bothered about wiring or lighting those candles? Then solar lanterns are an ideal pick. These lanterns can just be hung from the nearest branch without any fuss. What’s more; it comes with dusk censors & is easy to store. It comes in red and white colors; in addition the white ones come with color changing LEDs. It’s weather proof besides being economical.

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