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Home Less Home: Shipping Container House Questions the Necessities of Modern Living

Posted By Ana Lisa Alperovich On September 12, 2011 @ 6:57 pm In Green Design Events,green furniture,green Interiors,Prefab Housing,Sustainable Building | 4 Comments

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‘HomeLessHome’ is a small home composed of rough frames that was built entirely from standard parts and materials like scaffolding [6] pipes, bright red shipping containers, and waterproof plastic mesh, creating a super-basic house.

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The house could be installed in either a rural area or a city, does not require a foundation, and can be quick and easily assembled by fastening ‘walls’ with standard plastic fasteners.

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The house is designed to be flexible, modern, and mobile – plants hang in plastic IKEA [7] bags so that they can be easily transported to the shelter’s next location.

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The furniture is modular, simple and flexible – it’s made from local pinewood and designed to accommodate several people and make them feel at home.

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The high, translucent walls let sunshine in while maintaining some privacy, and they have been used to shelter several plants that provide home owners with food while bringing nature inside.

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The top floor offers fantastic views of the old city of Copenhagen [8] and its monuments, which are best appreciated from a space specially designed for relaxation and contemplation.

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The top floor also houses a table for four, a bookcase, a sliding wooden screen, and a balcony made from the container [9]’s edge. Designed by Erik Juul Architects, the fantastic scaffolding and shipping container house packs all the necessities of modern life into one affordable space that preserves a direct and healthy connection to nature.

An exhibition of some of IKEA [10]’s basic life’s products called ‘Smart Space People’ popped up next to the house in Copenhagen square.

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What does it really take to create a library? A few boxes painted blue can be set up and re-arranged to serve as a stacked-up shelf for favorite books.

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This double bed can be folded to become a single bed or an armchair. We love seeing all-in-one products [11]!

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A few piled-up stools don’t take up much space within a home, yet they can make lots of people feel welcome and comfortable.

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To grow your favorite herbs and vegetables you don’t need much space or lots of work – it just takes some seeds, soil, water [12], and love!

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When you are constantly on the move, you need a mobile home – however in most cases a cargo bike [13] will do.

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Stop home-sick feelings by bringing your favorite objects inside your two-wheeler: books, some clothes, a coffee maker, a plant, and you dog’s portrait.

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This two-in-one exhibition at this year’s fantastic, human-orientated Copenhagen Design Week [14] showed design-minded and curious passersby by that we can live with less – and actually, that we probably have much more than what we need.

+ Erik Juul Architects [4]

+ BANG og LINNET Landskab [5]

+ What Does it Take Exhibition [15]

+ IKEA [10]

+ Copenhagen Design Week 2011 [16]

Photo © Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat


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[3] Copenhagen Design Week: http://www.copenhagendesignweek.com/

[4] Erik Juul Architects: http://www.erikjuul.com/

[5] BANG og LINNET Landskab: http://bogl.dk/nyheder.php

[6] scaffolding: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=scaffolding

[7] IKEA: http://inhabitat.com/photos-ikea-unveils-10-eco-design-commandments-at-copenhagen-design-week/

[8] Copenhagen: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copenhagen

[9] container: http://inhabitat.com/photos-stacked-recycled-shipping-containers-create-a-fantastic-info-point-for-copenhagen-design-week/

[10] IKEA: http://www.ikea.com/dk/

[11] products: http://inhabitat.com/products-2/

[12] water: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=water

[13] bike: http://inhabitat.com/abici-launches-ultraportable-update-to-historic-italian-velocino-bicycle/

[14] Copenhagen Design Week: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=copenhagen+design+week+2011

[15] + What Does it Take Exhibition: http://www.copenhagendesignweek.com/category/society-challenges/events/h%C3%B8jbro-plads-what-does-it-take

[16] + Copenhagen Design Week 2011: http://inhabitat.com/tag/copenhagen-design-week-2011

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