Living in an Insulated Box?

Living in an Insulated Box?

Self contained living in a shipping container? How appealing does it sound?

There are more and more examples in recent years of architects and entrepreneurs putting to good use Shipping containers.

For example there is an excess of shipping containers that arrive in the UK and Europe from China full of imports. Because of the nature of the trading relationships, less containers make the journey back to where they came from. 

The oversupply provoked consideration of how to make use of these ungainly and unsightly metal boxes. They offer a sustainable solution to affordable living if deployed in the right way.

Co Derry Architect Paddy Bradley featured on television show Grand Designs with his unique Grillagh House project in Slaughtneil, outside Maghera which he constructed from four containers. The result is stunning dwelling tastefully in tune with the surrounds. He explained at the time that using shipping containers was an affordable solution to the design challenge.

Danish firm Bjarke Ingels Group used recycled shipping containers to produce a sustainable floating housing prototype for Copenhagen students. The project comprises nine recycled shipping containers arranged on a floating base in the city’s harbour.

One of the constraints in using steel containers for accommodation and living is the balance between insulation and interior space. Bare metal is of course liable to changes in temperature which will have a dramatic effect on the level of moisture inside the structure with all the attendant problems. 

In the UK, the company My Space Pod who have worked on deploying repurposed containers for student accommodation turned to Spaceloft Aerogel to address the problem. The Solution was in using Spaceloft®insulation for interior walls, ceiling, and floor. Aerogel solution saved internal space compared to using traditional insulation materials.