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Cargotecture – the Rise of Recycling Shipping Containers

Cargotecture – the Rise of Recycling Shipping Containers | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

One man’s trash is said to be another man’s treasure, and now old cargo shipping containers are rapidly becoming sought-after treasure in the architecture industry.


The term cargotecture, coined in 2005 by HyBrid Architecture, is used to describe any building partially or entirely built from recycled ISO shipping containers. It may seem strange that such a simple, aesthetically-unappealing box could be so loved by modern architects, but the increased use of reclaimed materials in architecture is starting to show no bounds.

In a world dominated by mass production, architects are being forced to find alternative ways of designing buildings that will make the smallest impact on the earth. Extending the life of discarded materials and saving salvageable items from landfill is a completely viable approach.

Shipping containers are resistant to fire, termites, hurricanes and earthquakes, proving themselves to be extremely resilient.


Somewhat like stacking blocks of Lego, steel or aluminum shipping containers are a perfectly strong building block...

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Pierre R Chantelois's comment, January 12, 2013 9:56 PM
Quelle excellente idée. Si les gouvernements pouvaient en réquisitionner quelques milliers, ils pourraient en faire don à Haïti pour accéler la mise à niveau de la qualité de vie de la population. Un 12 décembre, il y a trois ans...
oliviersc's comment, January 13, 2013 10:35 AM
Hélas, les bonnes idées ne sont pas rentables...
Natalie Curtis's curator insight, March 8, 2013 9:27 AM

I love that I've finally found the neologism for this type of architecture finally! Cargotecture is an upcoming trend in the architect's world and this article is actually one of the most brief and yet informative blogs I may have found in my short search, so far of these shipping container homes and buildings. The containers prove to be a very useful and easily moveable. They are in great abundance, which is fantastic since they are so often used for their resilience to fire, termites, hurricanes and earthquakes. So there's my answer finally to why these containers are becoming so popular amongst architects.

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Modular Eco-resort Integrated into the Portuguese Landscape

Modular Eco-resort Integrated into the Portuguese Landscape | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Seven suspended micro-houses — each one resulting from a different combination of three modules — delicately hover above the ground in the Portuguese eco-resort of Parque de Pedras Salgadas.


Portuguese architects Luís Rebelo de Andrade and Diogo Aguiar have recently completed the set of houses in the north of Portugal. The small dwellings are suspended on pillars, completely integrated within the surrounding nature.

Designed in a modular, prefabricated system with different combinations of the same three modules — entrance/bathing, living, sleeping for an extremely flexible solution, able to adapt to diverse spaces within the park, creating different morphologies and diverse dialogues with the surrounding nature.

Each of the houses features a large window framing a specific view of the park, bringing the surrounding nature inside, and linking the interior to a balcony and ideal resting space. Each dwelling's cladding evokes local, vernacular construction techniques...

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Kilmore House: energy-efficient, modular architecture in Australia

Kilmore House: energy-efficient, modular architecture in Australia | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Kilmore House is a striking home composed as a series of pavilions. Designed by Intermode, the prefab arm of Carr Design, the home is a prototype of the firm's modular, modern home concept. 

The design makes use of efficient prefab construction, solar passive design and rainwater collection while creating a strong connection with the landscape.


Located on a 500-acre cattle ranch in Kilmore to the north of Melbourne, the home features floor-to-ceiling glazing that opens to the views and sunlight, while deep overhangs protect the interior from overheating. The home was prefabricated offsite and then assembled and completed in a relatively short time. Passive solar design is combined with renewable timber resources, extensive water storage, high performance walls, roof and glazing systems to create an efficient home. While definitely on the higher end of the prefab market, Intermode’s goal is to build modular home solutions that offer clients elegant, top end design principles at a predictable cost and within a predictable time frame...

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Casa Garoza: a contemporary shed in rural Spain

Casa Garoza: a contemporary shed in rural Spain | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Madrid-based architect Juan Herreros sees this no-frills holiday home in rural Spain as an animal occupying but not transforming the landscape.

Casa Garoza – a tiny, elegant shed in the scrubby Spanish countryside near Ávila – sits clearly within the latter camp: a modular anti-villa that is both austere and sophisticated. Derived from continuing research into modular buildings at Juan Herreros’ Madrid-based office, it was commissioned by a city-based designer-artist couple who wanted a no-frills weekend retreat. It’s a pre-fab, but in its modesty and scale, a far cry from the recent American trend for “designer” pre-fabs – reinvented double-wides for the Ikea generation.

Sitting on steel legs that are bolted to the rocks on site – without the need for any excavation – the house, Herreros says, is like an animal that occupies the landscape without transforming it. The ground continues uninterrupted beneath the building, suggesting it could be lifted up and leave no trace, and there is no landscaping apart from a simple, raised deck on one side. It comprises eight modules, which took four months to build in the factory (though Herreros estimates this could have been halved), and a day to install on site...

 

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Modular materiality at House K by Auerbach Halevy Architects

Modular materiality at House K by Auerbach Halevy Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

A unique example of sustainable and modular design influenced and reflective of the vernacular and local tradition, while incorporating modern materials and concepts...


In a rural area in Israel, Auerbach-Halevy has designed a distinctive house.  The design is a concrete block, and the north elevation facing the street and both side facades seem completely opaque, yet they are not alienated to their environment.
The entire structure is covered with a uniform system of prefabricated exposed concrete panels, which are integrated with heavy wood Latticework – A reminder to the traditional oriental element – the eastern trellis (“mashrabia”). The combination of materials and distribution arrangements add warmth, and ease the rigid system.


In HOUSE K the pre-cast concrete panels participate in the interior design, dictate the rhythm in the house and affect its scale.
The unique appearance of the house expresses locality, and by combining the exposed concrete elements with the trellis wooden work, creates a unified and coherent language. This combination of elements transcends beyond the contrasting and complementary nature of the materials, resolves the symbolic collision produced by the components, and therefore creating a unity between tradition Arab style and modernist building.

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Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia: Endesa Pavilion

Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia: Endesa Pavilion | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia designed the Endesa Pavilion, as part of the Smart City Expo in Barcelona, Spain.

The structure brings the distributed intelligence concept to the realm of architecture through a multiscalar aproach. The project aims to define an adaptative constructive system able to respond each solicitation at the lowest scale. By doing this, each single module could answer to his own structural, energetical and enviromental needings. The skin will act as a network of inteligent nodes, a “solar brick” that protects from the solar radiation, collects and storage the energy the data at the local scale.

During one year it will perform as a meeting point for knowledge interchange as well as a benchmark for smart grid technologies...

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Five Inspirational Shipping Container Homes

Five Inspirational Shipping Container Homes | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Reclaimed shipping containers are ideal nesting spots for the residents of these five homes.

 

Whether lured by the relatively inexpensive costs, ready supply, or aesthetic charm of containers, the residents applied their own perspective on how to reclaim and adapt these industrial castoffs. Click though the slideshow at the link to see more...

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23 Diverse Deployments of Cargo Containers

23 Diverse Deployments of Cargo Containers | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Shipping containers are low-cost, stackable building blocks ideal for incorporating into all kinds of architecture including homes, stores and restaurants.

Portable, durable, stackable and readily available all over the world, shipping containers are the ideal building blocks for smart structures of practically every variety. Some require just a little bit of renovation to transform into tiny houses or mobile offices, and others are barely recognizable. Often left with their exteriors as-is to pay tribute to their industrial origins, shipping containers can be used to form exterior walls and integrated into other types of building materials. Here are 23 examples of shipping container architecture in the form of homes, schools, offices, retail stores, hotels and restaurants...

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New Sustainable Modular Homes by Connect:Homes

New Sustainable Modular Homes by Connect:Homes | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Connect:Homes, a Los Angeles-based prefab innovator, has just launched a new line of affordable, exportable, and sustainable modular homes, all of which come from its single California-based factory. The company’s patent-pending modular system ships like shipping containers, but are most definitely not shipping container homes.

Affordable because Connect:Homes has a patent-pending technology that allows them to build modules to 90% complete at the factory, surpassing industry standards that are typically closer to 50%. This reduces finish time and reducing construction costs considerably...

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PH-1 Modern and Green Prefab Home by Place Architects

PH-1 Modern and Green Prefab Home by Place Architects | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

PLACE houses provides smart, affordable, and green prefab homes to the Puget Sound marketplace and beyond. Prefab not only describes the construction method but the process as all decisions are made upfront. Pick a model and finish package and six months later move into your new home!

The first of the PLACE houses completed, PH-1 is an expanded PH Large with an additional Accessory building featuring parking for two and office space above. Built for a busy family of five plus dogs, the stock design was adapted to create a 4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath open plan home that’s stylish, durable, colorful and fun.

Solar domestic hot water supplements household systems and entirely heats the backyard lap pool; green construction saves money and resources, and the house is always filled with natural light, fresh air, views – and friends and family. Modular construction will allow 70% of the home to be factory built allowing for quicker project timelines and price points roughly 10% less than when our houses were “kit” homes...

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Greenfab is a Platinum Modular Home

Greenfab is a Platinum Modular Home | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Last week, Greenfab was awarded LEED Platinum certification for this modular home, a contemporary residence located in the Jackson Place neighborhood of Seattle.

It’s the first prefabricated, modular home in Washington to obtain this level of LEED certification and the design is part of Greenfab’s 1300 Series now available nationally.

The prefab has 1,870 square feet and several features for energy efficiency: double-glazed windows with a U-value of 0.35, R26 exterior walls, Energy Star appliances, energy recovery ventilation, heat pump electric heating, backup radiant electric heat, and a GE hybrid heat pump water heater, according to a Greenfab release.

For water conservation, the home has low-flow fixtures, dual-flush toilets, a rain garden, a 1,400-gallon water storage cistern that collects rainwater for irrigation and toilet water, and three, 300-gallon storage basics that filter and treat greywater from showers, sinks, and the washing machine.

The home is also smart wired with digital monitoring system that collects and measures data relating to weather, energy usage, and water usage in order to give the owner constant feedback via an iOS-based app.

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LivingHomes C6: Affordable, Sustainable and Prefabricated

LivingHomes C6: Affordable, Sustainable and Prefabricated | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
LivingHomes has just announced the launch of their first well-designed, affordable and sustainable prefabricated home known as C6.

Starting at $179,000, the home is nearly half the cost of most other LivingHomes models and includes 34 tons of carbon offsets. It is the first to achieve LEED® Platinum and feature Cradle-to-Cradle inspired materials.

C6 was designed by the architects of LivingHomes in collaboration with Make It Right, a nonprofit founded by Brad Pitt and renowned architect William McDonough to build 150 Cradle to Cradle inspired LEED Platinum homes in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward. A portion of the proceeds from each C6 will help support the efforts of Make It Right...

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#climatechange demands #innovation. 

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patrick partouche: maison container lille

patrick partouche: maison container lille | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
eight poppy red shipping containers have been stacked and combined to generate 208 square meters of usable living space, overlooking the french countryside through a transparent enclosure.

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Shanghai Organic Food Farm by Playze

Shanghai Organic Food Farm by Playze | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Sustainability and LEED Certified buildings are becoming an increasingly popular subject of planning and design, so it’s only natural that an organic food farm in China would be concerned with such issues.

Tony’s Farm is one of those concerned with being more green; which led to their collaboration with Playze for a new structure. A total of 78 shipping containers- all stacked, cantilevered and positioned every direction to house the corporate headquarters, meeting areas, lobby and warehouse.

A courtyard style structure allows for a nice outdoor space, great for impromptu meetings, lunch or anything in between. The interior is clean and simple, with the exterior providing as an impermeable barrier of the elements to the working environment...

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A Modular System for Sustainable Housing by Cso Arquitectura

A Modular System for Sustainable Housing by Cso Arquitectura | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
SAMVS is a system of generation of industrialized open modular housing- the user can adapt it to his or her needs, and the product can be realized in a very short time with a fixed price and with the utilization of all kinds of sustainable systems.

Learn more about this efficient and innovative approach to green building at the link...
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Vivienda sustentable

 

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H House: a modular + contemporary interpretation of traditional architecture

H House: a modular + contemporary interpretation of traditional architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Not far from Budapest, on the fringes of a forest, there stands Tamás Dévényi’s shingle covered new house. The disarmingly simple building creates generous spatial relations on the 1,5 hectare land. The proximity of the bustling city life doesn’t mean that we can not relish the convenience of nature and the separation of a farmhouse. Borrowing its form and use of materials from the Central-European peasant architecture, the building’s modular structure follows contemporary design thinking.


The requirements for a country house have changed a lot during the past hundred years, but using the old Hungarian peasant house’s archetype was a good starting point for the design in a situation where the strict local building regulations tie the architects’ freedom, according to local resources.


Read further to learn how the project team incorporated vernacular typologies to create a contemporary, modular + green farmhouse in a rural context...

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Adaptable Architecture: Meeting Dome by Kristoffer Tejlgaard & Benny Jepsen

Adaptable Architecture: Meeting Dome by Kristoffer Tejlgaard & Benny Jepsen | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Canadian architects Kristoffer Tejlgaard and Benny Jepsen have slightly altered the mathematical elements of a geodesic dome to form a new modular pavilion.


By using different sized triangular frames with both spherical and perpendicular surfaces, a new lattice form was birthed from that of a traditional geodesic dome. The result is a method of construction that allows surfaces to be extruded, scaled, pushed and pulled while maintaining logic.
Through this altered composition, small niches and crevices opened. Steel footings connect the wooden frame, made of locally-sourced pine. Steel nodes were made to fit standard rafter sizes, making the whole design movable.
The façade's curved surfaces are covered with recycled wood panels, creating opaque faces. Perpendicular surfaces made of PVC film allow light to enter while opening views to the outside. The project was commissioned by BL (Denmark Public Housing) for the Peoples Meeting in Denmark.

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Broad Sustainable Building To Start World's Tallest Prefab in November

Broad Sustainable Building To Start World's Tallest Prefab in November | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
TreeHugger has been following the progress of Broad Sustainable Building's prefabricated towers, including their proposal for a 220 storey tower that would accommodate 100,000 people. It is a building system that is "Taller, Greener, Faster, Cheaper". I noted in June that a site had been chosen and that construction would be starting in November.

Wired Magazine picks up the story with an interview of the founder and chairman of Broad, Zhang Yue, and some great illustrations that explain how the construction process works...

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Villa Asserbo: A Sustainable, Printed House That Snaps Together ...

Villa Asserbo: A Sustainable, Printed House That Snaps Together ... | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
We’ve covered 3D Printing a lot here at ArchDaily, but most of our coverage has been speculative and, frankly, futuristic – could we, one day, print out Gaudi-esque stone structures? Or even print a biologically-inspired, living house?

But today we heard a story about an alternative to 3D Printing‘s capabilities in the here and now - and its implications are pretty exciting.In a small town outside of Copenhagen, Danish architects Eentileen joined forces with London-based digital fabrication and architecture specialists, Facit Homes, to create Villa Asserbo: a 1,250 square foot, sustainable home made from Nordic plywood fabricated via CNC miller and easily “snapped” together.No heavy machinery, no cranes, no large labor force. Just a couple of guys, a few easily printed pieces, and six weeks.

The architects are looking to make the houses open to the public soon. If their easy, sustainable, well-designed model is the immediate future of alternative to 3D Printing (and considering it’s such a “snap,” it very well might be), then we’re all aboard...

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we love this house! I am a fan of Facit ..we have pinned this in Pinterest ty :)
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Factory-Built Micro-Homes in San Francisco

Factory-Built Micro-Homes in San Francisco | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

A new form of sustainable development that will manifest itself in San Francisco in an infill project called SmartSpace SoMa. SmartSpace will have 23 micro-dwellings each with ~300 square feet of living area, 300 cubic feet of storage along a wall, and nine-foot ceilings. The project, which will be built with off-site fabricated modules from ZETA Communities, will also aim for LEED Platinum certification and near net-zero energy.

In other words, SmartSpace SoMa is a dense, tiny-house community in a walkable neighborhood with a Walk Score of 98/100. The project will be built with the cutting-edge of construction methodologies. Modules should be completed this month in a factory after two weeks of work, and the ribbon cutting is set for October 2012. That’s quite the turnaround time for a four-level building.

Planned green elements include LED and CFL lights, EcoBatt insulation, low-VOC finishes, Energy Star appliances, formaldehyde-free cabinetry, low-flow fixtures, a cool roof, rainwater collection, solar-thermal water heating, and FSC-certified lumber. Residents will also have secure on-site bike storage and access to various modes of transportation, including the local carshare...

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Coates Design Architects’ Eco-Pak Container homes

Coates Design Architects’ Eco-Pak Container homes | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Seattle Architect Matthew Coates, President of Coates Design Architects, has teamed up with Aircraft Structural Engineer James Green of Building Container LLC, to create a container home like no other.

Imagine a container that can be delivered to nearly any site on the globe and enclosed within are the structural components to build a house. Better yet….there’s no need to return the container; it becomes an integral part of the structure.

The Coates-Green team turns the idea of container homes inside out, literally.

The traditional container home uses the box as shelter; the team’s improved concept integrates the container into the structure of the home. For example, it may be reborn as the kitchen, living room or bedroom. The original idea came about when Green designed and built a home in remote Turkey on a site stipulating no concrete foundation. Using a shipping container, the conventional concrete foundation was replaced with removable frames to support the container and extended framework, forming the structure for the house...

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Connect:Homes - Reinventing Modular Prefab

Connect:Homes - Reinventing Modular Prefab | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Today, two prefab veterans launch their website for a new company called Connect:Homes with a mission to 'deliver modern homes that are affordable, green, and available wherever you are'. 

The co-founders Jared Levy and Gordon Stott, both formerly with Marmol Radziner Prefab, started the Los Angeles-based enterprise to reinvent modular prefab and deliver homes that are predictably priced, inherently green, and shipped most anywhere at a lower cost.

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A++ Architects Design Sustainable Modular Lightweight Houses for Malaysia

A++ Architects Design Sustainable Modular Lightweight Houses for Malaysia | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
A++ has designed a new set of 50 Sustainable Modular Lightweigth (SML) houses for a project located in the city of Melaka in the south-west of Malaysia.

The project maintains a light ecological footprint by employing a variety of green building strategies and systems – including an on-site river filtrating system. The homes are also designed to mitigate the region’s strong rain and intense sun with roof-mounted solar photovoltaic systems and hydroelectric generators. Bamboo facing is used on the front facades of the homes in order to provide natural ventilation, and the structures are made of Profil Haus steel for quick assembly. Natural fibers are used for thermal and acoustic insulation. The result is a residential complex that is sustainable both economically and socially. The project is in its development stage and has already gained international recognition and awards.

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Are Container Houses the future? | Sustainable Cities Collective

Are Container Houses the future? | Sustainable Cities Collective | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

French architect Patrick Partouche recently designed and developed a single-family unit made up of five shipping containers. In Africa we’ve seen containers being used as community gathering places, schools and places of business. Having been largely confined to the African continent these efforts always carried a make-shift and “low-class” notion. However, this family unit looks fantastically industrial-chique. With a big push to sustainable building perhaps one of the greatest ways is to simple re-use and recycle...

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21st Century Roof for Molinete Roman Ruins - eVolo

21st Century Roof for Molinete Roman Ruins - eVolo | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

The building is essentially a cover protecting the remains of a Roman assembly (thermal baths, forum and domus) in the archaeological site of Molinete Park in Cartagena, Spain.
This cover is certainly another piece in the urban area of Cartagena whose main architectural challenge is to reconcile very different architectures, from the roman times, passing through baroque to contemporary architectures, making them vibrate together in the neighborhood. It is a transition element, between very different city conditions, in size and structure, from the dense city centre to the slope park.
The primary goal of the project is to respect the existing remains, using a long-span structure, which requires the least amount of support for lifting the cover. The intervention unifies all the remains in a single space, allowing a continuous perception of the whole site. The cover also generates a new urban facade in the partition wall.
The project also pursues a sense of lightness and is conceived as an element that allows light. The inner layer is built with a modular system of corrugated multiwall translucent polycarbonate sheets. The outer layer, constructed with perforated steel plates, qualifies the incidence of light and gives a uniform exterior appearance.
Besides to the steel structure, the project proposes an elevated walkway parallel to the street. It is a very light structure hanging from the steel beams. Conceived as a glass box, with a faceted, partially visible geometry, it builds the street façade and allows a view of the ruins from three meters height. It is also accessible for disabled visitors. This high path permits an overall vision of the roman remains.

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