Many of you might have heard about the shortage of shipping containers during the Covid pandemic due to rise in demand for cargo and shipments. Consequently, more was produced. Well now, the opposite is happening- there’s too many containers, with less space to store them.
That’s not the end of it though. Shipping containers produce gas emissions and have biocides like antifouling agents in their paints. Both are really, really bad for the environment.
As architect, you might wonder how you can contribute to this. An efficient way to solve this crisis is to reuse the containers.
Shipping containers are huge. Huge enough to have no place for them to be stored properly (the irony).
There’s plenty of space to fit inside a container that can fit inside a small building.
A tiny and cozy compact home with only the necessary elements like a bed, toilet, and kitchen counter can fit inside a shipping container. The metal can be cut out to make windows and doors. Additionally, unlike in an actually built house, there is more freedom to modify the shape, size, color etc. of the container.
Another method is to use multiple containers by stacking or arranging them to make a big comfortable home.
Since it is easy to modify and customize the container easily, they can be perfect for setting up small cafes and food joints.
Shipping containers are built resistant to water and rust. This makes them an ideal choice for building structures that hold water, like swimming pools.
Another innovative use for shipping containers is to be modified and fitted on a vehicle. They are great for food trucks and moving shops.
They are also good options to make portable buildings.
Shipping containers have a unique appearance which is very rustic and metallic. For this property, it can be cut and reused for façade treatments and other similar purposes.
This is a great way to put damaged shipping containers to reuse.
Container gardens are growing plants or crops in pots or other containers instead of the ground. Shipping containers are the perfect place to keep them protected from the weather and other undesirable factors.
Containers can also be used to make outdoor garden elements like pergolas and outdoor seating.
Wars and disasters happen fast. Hence, the main requirement for a refugee or emergency shelter is that it should be built immediately, taking as little time as possible. What more can be an ideal choice than using shipping containers? Their strength and water resistance make them even more desirable for this.