Israel Gets a Shipping Container Student Village


A brand new student village recently opened its doors in the town of Sderot in Israel. What sets it apart from other such villages is the fact that it was built entirely out of used shipping containers. All the work was also done by the students themselves, many with no prior construction experience, under the watchful eye of Ayalim, Israel’s largest youth organization.

Construction started in June 2014 and by early December 2014, the units were ready for habitation. The village was built using 36 recycled shipping containers, which yielded 150 apartment units. The construction was done by 1000 students and pre-army volunteers, who picked up valuable construction skills as they worked. About 300 of these will stay in the village and attend the nearby Sapir Academic College. The units are made available to them for a subsidized rent, so long as they perform 500 hours of community service in Sderot annually.




The shipping container village is comprised of three separate structures, each rising three stories. The shipping containers used to build them were pretty much left in their original state, at least from the outside, and stacked one atop another much like they would be on a ship while still transporting goods.

On the inside, little suggests the units are made out of shipping containers. The walls were covered in drywall and painted white to give the sense of spaciousness. The units were also fitted with large windows that let in plenty of natural daylight and offer good ventilation. The apartments are comfortably furnished, and contain a fully functional kitchen, living area, bedroom and bathroom.

The main aim of this project was to get young people to stay in the village even after they finish their studies. Apparently the biggest obstacle for people settling and studying in this region of the country is lack of affordable housing, which is what the Ayalim is trying to remedy through this project. It is certainly nice to see large scale cargotecture projects like this start to crop up all over the world and hopefully there will be many more.


Container Architecture IV (book)

Viviendas sostenibles en contenedores (book)

El arquitecto Luis de Garrido es el autor del libro Sustainable Architecture Containers, un ejemplar cuyo objetivo es mostrar una metodología para hacer arquitectura sostenible utilizando contenedores.

El uso de contenedores en proyectos de arquitectura sostenible cada vez cuenta con más adeptos, el mismo Luis de Garrido, entre mucho otros, se han dejado seducir por las cualidades de estos habitáculos diseñados para almacenar y transportar mercancías a gran distancia, pero que da la causalidad de que tienen una escala humana adecuada, es decir, son válidos para proyectar espacios habitables. A través de las 96 páginas del libro, Luis de Garrido hace un análisis pormenorizado de este nuevo fenómeno. Lo primero que debe hacerse a la hora de utilizar contenedores en arquitectura es asegurar las condiciones mínimas de habitabilidad en su interior, para ello De Garrido desarrolla todas las acciones que deben realizarse con este fin, además de lograr una verdadera arquitectura sostenible.