Shipping Container Housing

Shigeru Ban Comes to Japan’s Rescue With  Multistorey Shipping Container Housing

by  Tafline Laylin

Displaced victims need fast solutions when  disasters strike, which is why Shigeru Ban Architects has developed a housing solution that can be put together at  breakneck pace. Made up of several reclaimed shipping containers, the three  storey high apartment complex will provide 188 temporary homes to homeless Japanese in Onagawa in the Miyagi prefecture.
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Disaster zones typically feature unlevel ground, which makes it even more  challenging to prepare housing relief quickly. But Shigeru Ban’s shipping containers stacked on top  of each other in a checkerboard pattern can go anywhere. Attractive and colorful  enough to outwit the fatigue associated with disasters, the multistorey complex  generates a good amount of housing in no time.

Rather than being suffocating, there are gaps between the houses, and the  interiors look so compact, fresh, and practical that their occupants might even  decide to stay on for a while. Though this is a great design that has widespread  application, we’d be interested to know more about the proposed ligting and cooling techniques.

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