Israel Gets a Shipping Container Student Village

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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.

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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.

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New Zealand on Screen Uses Recycled Shipping Containers & Caravans to Show Off Kiwi Films

by  Bridgette Meinhold 

New zealand on Screen is a new project to showcase Kiwi film, TV and music videos right on shipping containers! The organization wanted to engage visitors using dynamic facilities that could enliven quiet spaces around the country, so with help from New Zealand based Stroybox, they retrofitted the containers and a caravan and turned them into interactive media rooms. Through October 23rd, New Zealand on Screen will show iconic Kiwi films, TV and music videos both inside and on the surface of the converted containers in Auckland and Wellington. A traveling caravan mini-cinema will tour around the country to small towns that don’t normally get to take part in film festivals.

Brightly painted and decorated with classic film moments, the two sets of converted shipping container  lounges sit on wharfs in Aukland and Wellington. Inside, visitors can learn about and watch classic films and TV or play around with a state-of-the-art interactive video wall. There’s also a ‘Scene Stealer’, an iPad app where visitors can take a photo of themselves, be inserted in a classic NZ film or TV scene, and then share the image via email, facebook and twitter. Outside, giant QR codes let passersby learn more about what’s going on inside these exciting containers.

A retrofitted caravan is making its way around the South Island visiting 18 towns and holding screenings. This pop up cinema is an effective way to bring the festival to towns that rarely get to be involved in film and TV culture. Recycled materials and vintage decor were used to decorate both the lounges on the North Island and the traveling caravan. Classic film memorabilia on loan from the New Zealand Film Commission engages the visitors and adds to the nostalgia. Paul Ward, content curator of the New Zealand on Screen project tells us, “It’s about creating intersections of offline and online environments to give the content more currency without having to build a museum or movie theatre.”

Alterra Beach Container Resort

Alterra Beach Resort Uses Shipping Containers For Private Glamping Cabins

by Bridgette Meinhold 

Alterra Glamping is an all natural resort near the beach in Pinamar, Argentina that combines outdoor relaxation, art and sustainable style. The resort touts itself as a “Glamping” destination and makes use of old shipping containers as private cabins. Artfully and simply decorated, these container cabins feature colorful interiors and bright daylight-filled windows – read on for a look inside!

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Pinamar is a beach resort located about 350 kilometers south-east of Buenos Aires and the landscape is predominantly filled with dense pine woods. Originally, the resort was an art gallery and the funky and colorful main house was built by local architect Clorindo Testa. To transform the art gallery into a hostel, they changed some of the spaces into rooms and added two private cabins in the woods. No trees were harmed and the cabins were placed in between the trees. The main house still functions as a gallery, which is now located on the first floor.

The space retains its artsy and funky vibe and the rooms can still be used as studios if you want to take an art vacation. The shipping container cabins were created by placing two 20-foot cabins together in an L-shape and each features heating, cooling, a kitchenette, a bathroom and a private balcony. The containers were bought from the port of Buenos Aires and the insulating panels are made ​​from reconstituted materials.

Alterra´s accommodations are designed to keep you in close contact with the surrounding environment, which is why it’s considered upscale camping or “glamping”. The resort also features a pool surrounded by a deck of recycled wood, an organic shop, a paint shop and massages if you want one. Rates start at around $US 1,100 per week.

Shipping Container Hotel Slated For Detroit

Collision Works is a Boutique Shipping Container Hotel Slated For Detroit

by Bridgette Meinhold

We just got wind of an exciting new project for Detroit – a boutique shipping container hotel, co-working facility and community event space all wrapped into one. Construction will begin on Collision Works in 2013 and the facility will support the arts and food-centric Eastern Market community. The multidisciplinary design group, which includes New York architecture firm KOOP.AM, wants to provide a place for travelers as well as space for the community to gather, collaborate and forge a new future for Detroit.

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Collision Works is a project under development to create a boutique hotel and mixed use space for community use. Originally called The Detroit Hotel Project, the facility will have 36 hotels rooms built from shipping containers to create an eclectic, artistic and truly unique space. The designers, aided by the Detroit Collaborative Design Center and KOOP.AM, who has experience building with containers, chose the modular building material because of Detroit’s history with import and export of goods. They also felt that the material was very durable, would cost less, and was faster to build with than standard construction techniques.

The goal of Collision Works is to provide space for travelers coming to Detroit to experience or aid in the renewal. Additionally, the community wants more space in which to gather and collaborate, support mentoring programs and share stories and experiences. Collision Works is working towards B Corporation status and will operate their business with equal interest towards economic, social and environmental success. Currently the group is working on design and pre-construction and construction is slated to begin in the spring of 2013. If all goes as planned, you could book a room for fall of 2013.

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