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Innovative Shipping Container Structures

Building homes and business headquarters out of recycled shipping containers is awesome, of course, but these cool building blocks lend themselves very well to a wide variety of supplemental uses as well. Below you will find three innovative shipping container architecture solutions that address non-living needs of the occupants. If living in a shipping container does not appeal to you, yet you would still like to use this green construction method, then perhaps the below examples will give you some ideas.

The Sauna Box

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A Prefab Tiny House Retreat

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Vivood, a Spanish architecture group, designed a tiny prefabricated house of the same name, which can be assembled in only about nine hours. Once assembled, it can be used as a guesthouse, retreat, or even a tiny home. When ordered, the prefabricated Vivood comes in easy to assemble modular parts, which already have all the necessary plumbing and electrics installed.
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Shipping Container Inspired Disaster Relief Housing

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The firm Garrison Architects in collaboration with New York City recently unveiled the prototype of a modular prefabricated housing system. The structures were developed for quick deployment in the event of another hurricane like Sandy, or other natural disaster. By the looks of it, the houses were also very much inspired by shipping container architecture.
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A Shipping Container Apartment Complex Soon in DC

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Photo: Travis Price Architects

Washington DC will soon get it’s very own apartment complex made of repurposed shipping containers. The complex will be located at 3305 Seventh Street. NE in Brookland. The firm Equity Group LLC is behind the project, which will involve turning an existing single family home into a three-story, four-unit shipping container apartment complex. Work has already begun, and the architects are confident the whole building will be finished by the end of August.
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Skyscraper Made of Waste

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The French design firm Chartier-Corbasson has come up with an innovative skyscraper, which would be built using the recycled waste of its occupants. The so-called Organic London Skyscraper would be constructed from panels that are made from recycled plastic (e.g. plastic bottles, …), which would all be sorted and refabricated on site. The skyscraper is called organic, because floors would be added on according to demand for new housing units.
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Reciprocity House is Worth Watching

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Maison Reciprocity, or Reciprocity House, is one of the entrants in this year’s Solar Decathlon Europe competition. In a nutshell, it is an energy-efficient, highly sustainable modular home, which aims to set the standard of low cost, and low impact building in the future. It is a joint effort between Appalachian State University and the French Université d’Angers, and one of only two entries into the competition by US teams this year.
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