9 Amazing ways to use a shipping container

Shipping container guest house

Shipping containers can serve a number of architectural functions. When articulated effectively these simple structures can be transformed into exciting examples of architecture. From holiday homes to a kids cubby house, here are some examples of what can be achieved.

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9 Amazing ways to use a shipping container

Design For Place – free architect-designed house plans

Design For Place is found at Your Home: Australia’s guide to environmentally sustainable homes http://yourhome.gov.au/ under House Designs.

North elevation view of a Design for Place house

It offers sets of floorplans and elevations available in three different versions depending on your block size. The architect-designed plans showcase the use of sustainable design principles for domestic home design and construction. It includes specifications and construction techniques for a range of climate zones across Australia designed to achieve a minimum 7 star energy rating.

Key Features of Design For Place

  • Architect-designed house designs and plans that achieve a minimum 7 star energy rating through sound planning and design methods.
  • Practical design elements that can be applied to improve the average quality and energy efficiency of current mass-market housing.
  • Learning opportunities on the fundamental principles of designing for climate, orientation and livability.
  • Flexible information which can be tailored to meet the needs of your specific project.
  • Accessible and easy to understand information, plans and energy rating results to illustrate key design principles.
    The street view of facade option 1 which has no eaves on the street side

How to use Design For Place

All of the material associated with Design For Place is free and publicly available for use. The sample house designs are examples only and the designs and associated information can be used as:

  • Ready-to-use or modify house plans to suit your block and orientation.
  • A concept plan for your own design brief for an architect, building designer, or builder.
  • Design elements that you may choose to incorporate in your own house design.
  • Background information on the key principles that should be considered in the design of any home.
  • A general guide to the differences in construction specifications that should be considered in different climate zones.

Why Design For Place is important

Design For Place is all about achieving maximum livability and comfort for your home through design that is responsive to your situation, climate and block orientation.

By taking advantage of natural lighting, cross flow ventilation and heating and cooling opportunities that can be built-in to your home at the outset, you can save on ongoing energy costs for many years to come. The functional floor plans provide flexibility to allow you to adapt spaces to your specific lifestyle and changes to household composition over time.

Current mass-market housing in Australia generally does not provide locally appropriate design. Construction techniques tend to be similar irrespective of location or climate zone, and often little consideration is given to orientation.

The street view of facade option 2 which has overhanging eavesThis can lead to housing outcomes that rely heavily on mechanical heating and cooling, have little or poor connections to exterior open spaces and ‘token’ inclusions to achieve energy rating regulations. In addition, floor plan layouts are often inefficient with room sizes and shapes that reduce flexibility in furniture arrangement and functionality.

More rooms are often squeezed in than are necessarily required as a result of the perception that the house needs to respond to ‘market needs’. As a result the running costs to heat, cool and light these homes is higher over time, as well as less responsive to household and lifestyle changes.

How Design For Place help you

Design For Place:

  • Shows how locally responsive design can reduce the energy needed for heating and cooling of your home, reducing or even eliminating reliance on heating and cooling appliances and their ongoing running costs.
  • Lists key sustainable design principles that can usefully apply to all home designs to improve average energy efficiency and livability.
  • Demonstrates how simple design techniques can provide good access to sunlight and shade when required.
  • Provides sample floor plan layouts that illustrate ways to have the majority of living spaces facing north where they can take advantage of natural light.
    Includes sample floor plans that illustrate how to use repetitive construction techniques, such as standard sizes for wall frames, for a more efficient and economical build.
  • Presents sample elevations and cross sections to demonstrate how the floor plan layouts can be turned into buildings.
  • Provides a sample of the local requirements for insulation, glazing quality, and construction relevant to each climate zone in Australia, sufficient to achieve a 7 star NatHERS rating.

How to get started with Design For Place

It is important to carefully consider your living requirements so you can make informed choices and get the best use out of Design For Place for your project.

Start by considering your needs, including mapping out likely changes to your lifestyle and household configuration. Take into account factors such as caring for elderly parents or kids leaving home, so you can balance the various functions your home will need to fulfill over time.

New home buyers need to consider how they would make use of specific features. Weigh up whether opting for more space will pay off for you and your household. Rooms such as a media room or a second dining area may be largely left unused and add costs to heat, cool and furnish. In many cases a smaller but more livable, flexible space, is more practical and can cater better to your needs long term.

Factor in your climate and energy needs. While having greater upfront costs to build than a typical project home, incorporating all or some of the design principles showcased here can allow your household to reduce ongoing energy costs over years to come.

If you are considering a project home, some of the features of this design, including the northern orientation of both living areas and bedrooms, could be discussed with your builder and accommodated to improve comfort and efficiency of your home.

Review the Design For Place specifications and talk to your builder or architect about how you can use the principles, plans and energy performance ideas to build a more sustainable, efficient and livable home.

The street view of facade option 3 which has a gable roof.

Note

The plans available on Design For Place will need modifications to comply with local legal and building requirements by a registered architect or building designer.

The information above is from http://yourhome.gov.au/house-designs

Design For Place – free architect-designed house plans

Rotating Home

An architect in Iran has designed as built a house that rotates. Apparently this provides flexibility to open up to the views in summer and close up in winter. The central void space means the house lets plenty of natural light regardless of whether the rotating boxes are in or out. However, I’m not sure the rotating option was really necessary; an interesting house nevertheless.

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Inside the mind of an architect

There are many issues the architect needs to consider when designing a home. The client’s brief, their budget, and the site’s aspect, topography, views and context all need to be addressed in order to create a beautiful piece of architecture. The following video provides a helpful diagramatic insight into how this thought process translates onto the drawing board.

Inside the mind of an architect

Coomera Waters Residence Under Contruction

I passed by this new home currently under construction in Serenade Drive, Coomera Waters. I found its butterfly roof and gatehouse very distinctive. Positioning the garage with a side entry, to avoid the garage dominating the streetscape a very refreshing idea. I would love to know more about the architect/building designer behind this project. I will keep an eye on its progress for future posts.

Coomera Waters Residence under construction - 2

Coomera Waters Residence

Coomera Waters Residence under construction - 3

Coomera Waters Residence Under Contruction

Shipping Container Design

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Regular viewers of Grand Designs UK may already be familiar with this masterpiece. A modest home designed by Architect Patrick Bradley composed of 4 shipping containers position over a stream on the family farm. The lower level containers have been clad in ungalvanised metal and allowed to rust and blend in with its natural environment. Upper level perforated screens and glass adds an element of lightness and transparency. Patrick’s mother is hoping the beautifully designed home will help attract her son an equally beautiful wife.

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Shipping Container Design

Your Entire House Ikea: It is now possible

When you think of Ikea doing houses, the first thing that comes to mind is the flat pack of all flat packs. But, Ikea have developed a concept in conjunction with Sanska, a project development company, called BoKlok. The concept is based on providing affordable housing in the form of flats or terraced homes. You can even register for your flat at the local Ikea store. There are multiple designs, which they claim are spacious, sustainable and affordable. Not sure the concept as it is would work for the Australian lifestyle, but it will be interesting where the concept goes and if it does come to Australia in the future. One definite upside… it doesn’t come as a flat pack!

3 bedroom, 81 sq. m flat
3 bedroom, 81 sq. m flat
Älmhult block of flats
Älmhult block of flats
Flex block of flats
Flex block of flats
Flex 3 bedroom, 85 sq. m flat
Flex 3 bedroom, 85 sq. m flat
Möckeln terraced house
Möckeln terraced house
Terraced house – upper floor
Terraced house – ground floor
Terraced house – upper floor
Terraced house – upper floor
Your Entire House Ikea: It is now possible