Shipping Container Home Built in 3 Days for So Cheap You Won't Believe

Ireland's first shipping container home was donated to the St Vincent de Paul charity and will be used as housing for the homeless. The shipping container home was designed by Architectural firm Ceardean Architects, and built by a 60 person team of contractors and craftsman. The whole process took just 3 short days.

Shipping container architecture is a form of architecture using steel inter-modal containers (shipping containers) as structural element. It is also referred to as cargotecture, a portmanteau of cargo with architecture.

The use of containers as a building material has grown in popularity of the past several years due to their inherent strength, wide availability, and relatively low expense. Homes have also been built with containers because they are seen[who?] as more eco-friendly than traditional building materials such as brick and cement.

Many structures based on shipping containers have already been constructed, and their uses, sizes, locations and appearances vary widely.

When futurist Stewart Brand needed a place to assemble all the material he needed to write How Buildings Learn, he converted a shipping container into office space, and wrote up the conversion process in the same book.

In 2006, Southern California Architect Peter DeMaria, designed the first two story shipping container home in the U.S. as an approved structural system under the strict guidelines of the nationally recognized Uniform Building Code (UBC). This home was the Redondo Beach House and it inspired the creation of Logical Homes, a cargo container based pre-fabricated home company. In 2007, Logical Homes created their flagship project - the Aegean, for the Computer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Several architects, such as Adam Kalkin have built original homes, using discarded shipping containers for their parts or using them in their original form, or doing a mix of both.

Some advantages to using shipping containers as a home build project --

Strength and durability -- Shipping containers are in many ways an ideal building material. They are designed to carry heavy loads and to be stacked in high columns. They are also designed to resist harsh environments, such as on ocean-going vessels or sprayed with road salt while transported on roads. Due to their high strength, containers may be adapted for secure storage.

Modular -- All shipping containers are the same width and most have two standard height and length measurements and as such they provide modular elements that can be combined into larger structures. This simplifies design, planning and transport. As they are already designed to interlock for ease of mobility during transportation, structural construction is completed by simply emplacing them. Due to the containers' modular design additional construction is as easy as stacking more containers. They can be stacked up to 12 high when empty.

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According to Derek Trenaman of Ceardean Architects, one of the main aims of the project was to serve as a prototype for communities looking for new and affordable ways of easing the housing crisis. They will be releasing the plans to encourage other such DIY projects, and Trenaman hopes that it will bring a community's plumbers, welders, plasterers, and others together to build more such homes, working in a reciprocal way.

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