The Shipping Container Building

Remember the post on the Shipping Container House in Wellington, New Zealand? Well, Neatorama reader Marten told us about entire buildings built from shiping containers in the Netherlands.

A little search brought me to Keetwonen, a student housing project in Amsterdam by a company called TempoHousing:

Keetwonen, a student housing project in Amsterdam, turns shipping containers into 1000 units and provides all the amenities a student could ever want. And aside from the obvious green usage of surplus shipping containers, Keetwonen has integrated a rooftop to accommodate efficient rainwater drainage while providing heat dispersal and insulation for the containers beneath. [...]

Containers are home to not only the 1000 units that each have a private balcony, but a cafe, supermarket, office space, and even a sports area. Units are arranged in “blocks,” each block containing a service unit with centralized electricity, internet, and networking systems.

Link - Thanks Marten!

Also check out the Freitag store in Zurich, Switzerland. made completely out of shipping containers
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in the Netherlands we don't "do" earthquakes. :), but as each house would be an metal stack 5 high shipping container i think it's a step up from drywall.
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I can understand the initial appeal of wanting to live in some hobo-opolis but once the novelty wears thin and the romance is all but gone you'll be pining for a 3500 sq ft beige box with central heating in a subdivision .
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You may be interested in the Ace modular building units which can be used as a standalone unit or component of a larger structure. It is compact for transportation and storage, easily assembled/dissassembled with hand tools on site, and can be configured (both interior space and exterior windows/doors) for many applications. Go to
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