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.

Container Medical Care in Haiti

Containers To Clinics Provides Critical Medical Care in Haiti

by Andrew Michler 

The effects of natural disasters continue to press the need for longer term healt care in remote and underserved populations struggling to reclaim their livelihood. In making this a reality, the nonprofit Containers To Clinics can play a pivotal role. They are exploiting the durability and portability of container architecture to provide timely, quality health care around the world. C2C is now using their first container based clinics in Haiti and wants to roll out many more of the custom containers in the near future.

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The containers are more complex than one would guess after a first glance. C2C partnered with Anshen + Allen Architects and Stack Design Build to design and build a prototype, and the team has commissioned Allied Container Systems to build the clinics in quantity. The trick is to design a full service health clinic with examination rooms and labs in difficult areas to get to and operate. The 8’ by 20’ shipping containers have to conform to ISO standards to be transported via ship. By breaking the program into two separate containers, the transportability is greatly increased. The design allows the containers to sit in an L configuration to create a small courtyard for waiting patients.