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Floating Container Houses Proposed for Pakistan Flood

by , 10/08/10

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The flooding of Pakistan was yet another tragedy that added to this year’s surge of natural disasters, and with 21 million people injured or homeless, we still have an emergency on our hands. Richard Moreta, who you may recall from his efforts to build shipping container houses for Haiti through Green Container International Aid, is back at it with a redesign of his housing solution that is fit for flooded areas. The Amphibious Container is a floating home that can float built from used shipping containers, shipping pallets and tire inner tubes.

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This concept for a floating house isn’t totally new, in fact Brad Pitt’s organization, Make It Right, has already constructed a home in the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans that can break away and float in case of flooding. The Amphibious Container proposes a similar concept, except this one is geared more for emergency housing and made with reused shipping containers, shipping pallets and old inner tubes.

The container serves as the living quarters and rests on a series of truck inner tubes that serve as the flotation device. The container and tubes rest on a foundation of four metal angular connectors, which serve as the vertical guides. If the home were to be inundated with water, it would rise up thanks to the buoyancy of the inner tubes and ride along the vertical guides. The home can handle a maximum water level of 2.5 meters, and a surrounding canopy constructed of metal beams and shipping pallets would help shade the structure.

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3 Comments

  1. isolasystem August 7, 2011 at 7:43 am

    Have a look at our invention:

    http://www.isolasystem.pl

    We have developed flood resistant modular technology.

  2. john simmis November 16, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    If you are considering modular or prefab home, or looking for an alternative to high cost construction, building with recycled shipping containers is worth taking a look at. There are many considerations that have contributed to the appeal of building with intermodal shipping containers – availability, standardization, the recycled/green factor, economy and speed of construction, their durability, and even their “elegance/grace”.

    Good resource is the Residential Shipping Container Primer website. A SHOWCASE OF SHIPPING CONTAINER HOMES AND BUILDINGDS, AND A DO IT YOURSELF (DIY) REFERENCE FOR CONVERTING RECYCLED INTERMODAL CARGO SHIPPING CONTAINERS INTO BUILDINGS AND ARCHITECTURE.

    Lots of great example buildings, details, facts, and links to other articles. They have something new that you can setup your own project wiki to get help with your project if you are considering a design build project.

    http://www.ResidentialShippingContainerPrimer.com

  3. mandi October 11, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Considering that Pakistan is within the monsoon area (highest precipitation areas on earth due to the winds procedent from the southwest)main caused of heavy flood due to the low sea level location of the country your proposal of a floating device and without considering some facts in the design that I would not discussed in this comment, this would very much apply for an entire new city with a container to be the base habitational unit. The development of a new city would definetely consider a site work to include rain water sewer capable to handle extreme rain, filled land to an elevation above flood level. The repair of dams to contain the flow of water during heavy rainfall, the creation of artificial canals to re-route the flood waters etc..A third world country like Pakistan would not in a thousand years consider this type of endeavor, not even with international aid but even if they did they would more likely consider a massive traditional condominum development on elevated land to house millions of people. Option 2 would be to undertake a massive repair of the existing rainwater sewer and to create artificial canals within the city to contain and re-route excessive rain water to avboid future flood.
    I would approve the second option.
    Respectfully, Mandy

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