Yuka Yoneda

Utrecht's Rainbow Shipping Container Dorms Are a Work of Art

by , 10/13/10


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netherlands, utrecht university, shipping containers, shipping container dorm, dormitories, student housing, prefab, prefab housing, green design, eco design, eco architecture, green home, sustainable design, prefab home

While we’ve seen other shipping container student housing before, Utrecht’s version is slightly different because the containers themselves seem to have been modified further than what we typically see. For one thing, the sides of the containers are smooth (as compared to the corrugated look we are used to). In addition, the end of each unit where the window is has been cut so that the top and bottom are slanted rather than straight. The small detail gives the complex a much more finished look and creates a separation between the units.

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  1. john simmis November 16, 2010 at 2:35 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

  2. RolandBB October 13, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    these are not shipping containers. these are Spaceboxes http://www.spacebox.nl/index.cfm?lng=en&mi=2&pmi=0
    made of innovative lightweight composite materials and easy to transport assemble and disassemble. used them as a precedent for a studio project a while back.

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