miércoles, 28 de mayo de 2014

Jenga-Like Hotel Idea Uses Shipping Containers as Rooms

At first glance, the Hive-Inn resembles a colorful set of stacked blocks that are reminiscent of the fun-yet-challenging game, Jenga. They are much than that, of course, and the individual elements make up a proposed hotel concept by Hong Kong-based architects at OVA Studio. The building, designed for the Radical Innovation Awards, is composed of recycled shipping containers whose modular design allows for rooms to be traded in and out without disturbing the surrounding containers.

This clever concept presents extensive branding opportunities. Since portions of the hotel can be changed, containers could be temporarily sponsored by companies like Ferrari, who would decorate the space inside and out. It would give fans of the product the opportunity to live in a place that’s crafted with a brand's unique sensibility and aesthetic. As different partnerships begin and end, the exterior would always have something new for you to see.

Although presented as a hotel, the architects see other possibilities for Hive-Inn. They envision it for use in emergency housing or medical care units. Mobile apartments or offices are another option. Imagine if your home traveled with you as you moved from one country to another - you'd never be far from a warm, familiar place.

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lunes, 26 de mayo de 2014

Striking Modern Residence Built From 31 Containers in Australia

Todd Miller of ZieglerBuild surprised Australia’s architecture scene with a striking modern residence built from 31 shipping containers. Situated on 706 square metres in Graceville, a quiet suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, this unconventional home inspires a perpetual holiday feeling. The creative dwelling sprawls over three floors and features graffiti artwork and an impressive saltwater pool.

The transition between indoors and out was a key factor to consider when planning the design of this home, as highlighted by the numerous outdoor spaces featured on each level: “Seamless living areas span across the first floor, merging together without interruption. Cleverly designed to incorporate interesting angles, soaring voids and artistic features, these abundant living spaces are both practical and visually engaging. There are four bedrooms positioned over two levels, offering space and privacy to accommodate the growing family“. An array of different textures and finishes makes each interior dynamic and highly inviting, while extensive use of windows maximizes the visual connection with the nearby river and lush green surroundings.

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viernes, 23 de mayo de 2014

Temporary Shipping Container City Built in Amsterdam

James Holloway at Gizmag points to a shipping container project that I missed last summer, a temporary installation for Over het IJ, an avant-garde theatre festival. The architects, O+M, tell Gizmag that the project took four days to build, ran for two weeks, and then took two days to dismantle.

The architects write:
The brief was simple: use the festival's literal building block - the shipping container - to create the beating heart of the event. Besides the central hospitality space, the containers offer ample context for the theatrical artists..... With a height of four layers, the mountain of containers manages to justify its presence between the large warehouses of the former shipyard.
What is most interesting about this project is that it uses shipping containers the way they were designed to be used: stacked corner casting on top of corner casting. Even totally full, they can stack nine high like this. O+M have staggered them, but always place them corner to corner. Note the wires added as diagonal bracing.

It's not a real building, it's more of a theatrical device that defines space. But it does it really well.

In my post on a shipping container hotel, I anthropomorphized a bit when I said "shipping containers were designed to move. They don't want to sit still. The genius of the container isn't the box, it's the handling system. To there credit, O+A get this.

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miércoles, 21 de mayo de 2014

Upcycle House Built From shipping containers

The Danish architecture firm Lendager Arkitekter recently completed the experimental Upcycle House in Nyborg, Denmark. The goal with Upcycle House was seeing if carbon emissions of a home can be reduced through the use of recycled and upcycled building materials during the construction process. The end result was the reduction of CO2 emissions by 86% compared to a benchmark house. Upcycling is a sort of a next step in the recycling process, namely using recycled products and turning them into new materials or products of higher quality and greater value. In the case of Upcycle House, this reduced the need for new production and therefore reduced the CO2 emissions.

Upcycle House is constructed from two repurposed shipping containers, which yielded a living area of 129 square meters (1390 square feet). The work on the house started offsite, where the holes for windows and doors were cut into the sides of the containers. The containers were also fitted with plumbing and wiring for the bathroom and kitchen before they were transported to the building site.

The house was placed on a foundation of helical piles, which require no excavation to install. They can also be removed from the ground if the house is torn down. The two shipping containers were well insulated on the outside, while the team used no plastic foams, instead opting for Technopor, a rigid insulation made from recycled glass bottles.

The interior of the home features a large living room and kitchen, a master bedroom, three smaller rooms, a bathroom, a utility room and a passive cooling chamber. There is also a greenhouse adjacent to the kitchen, as well as a large south-facing terrace.

The roof and the façade were constructed from recycled aluminum cans. For the exterior panels, the architects used post-consumer recycled granulated paper that was pressed together and heat-treated. They used discarded champagne corks as tiling in the kitchen, while the bathroom tiles are made from recycled glass.

The walls and the floor of the house were covered with OSB-panels made from wood-chips discarded as waste by-products by production sites. These were pressed together without glue to form the panels. Since one of the goals of the design team was to make Upcycle House look just like any other modern house, the recycled materials used in the construction process were kept as invisible as possible. They also focused on passive sustainability, by taking into account orientation, temperature zones, daylight optimization, shading and natural ventilation.

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lunes, 19 de mayo de 2014

Scaffolding and shipping containers used to build temporary restaurant

At sister site MNN, Jennifer Nelson looks at five shipping container projects, four of which we have shown on TreeHugger (see related links to the left) but one gem that we missed the first time around: a restaurant on Île Seguin in Paris designed by 1024 Architecture. Strictly speaking, it's a stretch to call it "Cargotecture" or shipping container architecture; the containers are used for washrooms and kitchens, and to hide the elevator.

On the other hand, it is built of my favorite materials for temporary buildings, namely scaffolding. You can build almost anything out of the stuff; the late Mark Fisher used to build the most amazing rock sets for Pink Floyd and the Rolling Stones; here, the architects use it to create the kind of larger spaces that are hard to do with shipping containers. It is raised to provide views and a little architectural drama.

The architects describe it:
The project is an architectural hybridization between an agricultural greenhouse, a barge and a timber-frame house. Modelled after a large wood fibre box suspended in a scaffold structure from which freight containers are hanging, all encompassed beneath a transparent umbrella…
Constructed from scaffolding, wood fibre panels and containers, the restaurant can be promptly extended by video and lighting effects by changing with the assistance of mapping for the duration of a party or a particular event…

The project is a temporary installation because it is on Île Seguin, a massive redevelopment of a former Renault factory by Jean Nouvel; Here is another temporary container project on the island.

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