The Many Architectural Applications of Shipping Containers vol.10

Building a summer or winter vacation house according to one’s own design sounds fantastic, but you might be worried about the costs or confused about the choice of material. Luckily, there is a solution – shipping containers!

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Besides shipping goods, shipping containers are also suitable for building beautiful homes in low cost. Actually, the price of an individual 40 ft or 20ft shipping container starts from US 2000.

Building out of recycled shipping containers is as good as using totally new ones, and it is also cheaper. Besides low-cost, shipping containers are also durable and can be considered as a form of sustainable building. Containers are so durable that they can even be converted into shelters for natural disasters.

What’s more, shipping containers come with unlimited design opportunities. The door solutions of shipping containers come in many forms and open-top containers can be transformed into swimming pools. Containers can also be piled into a complexes of your desire. There are great examples of homes, hotels and stores that show container’s great architectural design. The container city in Mexico is know also for its visual design.

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Shipping containers are also suitable for places where winters are long and cold, and where it snows a lot.  There are examples of shipping container winter homes that are suitable for Northern countries.  For instance an American real estate agent Jeffrey White is transforming shipping containers into affordable and eco-friendly homes for low-income families in Salt Lake City. Each home is made out of two shipping containers, and the whole projects costs 120,000 dollars including the land they sit on. (source)

In order to build beautiful homes like these, the shipping containers need to be enforced with proper insulation. In Shanghai Metal Corporation we sell both shipping containers and highly moisture resistant glass wool for insulation. See also our prefabricated container buildings. Check also our social media platforms for new updates.

    

Tuomas P. // SMC Editor

Pictures and original articles: The Fair Verona, Jetson Green, Small Cabin Plans, Tiny House Blog, InhabitatBustler, Bustler, Competitiononline,AC-CA, Wikipedia on Shipping Container Architecture

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In Container Homes Winter Is Always Outside

Shipping containers are a superior building material and the mainstream for affordable housing. As a form of prefabricated construction, shipping containers houses can to huge extent be built elsewhere than in their final destination. In order for shipping containers to become livable homes, they need a makeover including a proper insulation.

Shipping containers are usually described as an optimum construction material for areas with relatively high temperatures. The reason is that there are well know techniques on how make shipping container houses naturally ventilated. For instance the shipping container cruise terminal in Seville is designed to resist high temperatures during hot summers.

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Shipping containers are also suitable for places where winters are long and cold, and where it snows a lot. Originally shipping containers were designed to resist rough weather in the seas during shipping and therefore shipping containers later became an excellent building material. It seems that shipping container architecture was invented like Coca-Cola – by accident.

There are examples of shipping container winter homes that are suitable for Northern countries such as Northern USA, Canada, Finland and other Nordic countries.  For instance an American real estate agent Jeffrey White is transforming shipping containers into affordable and eco-friendly homes for low-income families in Salt Lake City. Each home is made out of two shipping containers, and the whole projects costs 120,000 dollars including the land they sit on. (source)

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In order to build beautiful homes like these, the shipping containers need to be enforced with proper insulation. In Shanghai Metal Corporation we sell both shipping containers and highly moisture resistant glass wool for insulation.  Our prefabricated container homes come with polystyrene foam insulation. If you are building affordable homes we will gladly offer you all the material. Just send us an inquiry and our English speaking staff will contact you. Meanwhile please visit our social media sites for future updates.

    

Tuomas P. // SMC Editor

Pictures and original articles: The Fair Verona, Jetson Green, Small Cabin Plans, Tiny House Blog, Inhabitat

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Bathing Made Mobile with Container Saunas

There are a number of ways how to reuse used shipping containers. Besides houses, offices, hotel, art galleries, stores and pools, shipping containers can be now used as saunas. A Canadian design studio Castor has designed the first container sauna.

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The 8 ft container is a fully-operational sauna box that uses wood for heating and solar energy for lighting. The mobile sauna also comes with an integrated iPod stereo and an electric guitar hook-up. Also additional creature comforts such as a magnetic truck light, castor stool, and bronze antlers are included.

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Sauna is originally a Finnish invention and is deeply rooted into the nation’s way of life. The Finnish history of using sauna for bathing and staying healthy spans over two thousand years. The Finns have a sauna in every house but they also place saunas in the lake or seaside of their summer cottages. Finns have formerly used portable saunas especially in military. Those saunas are most commonly made of tents.

 

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The Finnish Sauna Society has made a list of sauna’s health benefits. Taking a sauna bath is studied to enhance sleep quality and memory, to lower blood pressure, increase energy levels and to cause good mood just to name but a few.

 

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According to an article of Gizmag, Castor has sold about 10 units. The Sauna Box is priced really high-end with US 41,000 price tag. It is still unclear when the Canadian company will get competitors.

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If you need a shipping container for your sauna solution, please contact us in Shanghai Metal Corporation. We are a major Chinese provider of shipping containers and we offer our solutions worldwide. To know more about our containers, please visit our website. Please also follow us on Twitter, Facebook,LinkedIn and Instagram. You can also download our mobile application by scanning the QR code below.

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Tuomas P. // SMC Editor

Pictures and original articles:  Gizmag.com, Gizmodo.com, Designboom.com,Gardenista.com, Hiconsumption.com, The Finnish Sauna Society

The Antarctican Training Programme – Could You Make It?

If you’ve got $4,500 spare and a taste for life threatening danger, then Antarctica is for you. 

The coldest station is Halley with a winter temperature of around −50°C and a summer temperature of −10°C. The freezer in your kitchen is at about -22 degrees Celsius (-7.6 degrees Fahrenheit) despite the fact the outside temperature is more like 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit). The freezer follows a cycle where it compresses the coolant, releases the heat to the back coils and pumps the colder coolant inside the freezer. So technically, during your midnight snack you endured similar temperatures than in the south pole….sort of.

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Surprisingly, at its peak Antarctican tourism saw just under 50,000 visitors per year, mostly passing cruise ships but some sleep on the ice.  So how do people prepare for the trip?

Rachel Andrews, 41, is using the cold storage vehicle to help her acclimatise to temperatures as low as -58F (-50C) in the Antarctic. The adventurer is using the back of Moby Nicks’ frozen fish van, a local company in her home town of Plymouth, to experience the sub-zero temperatures.

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Some winter sportman have come up with innovative means of preparing for the race in addition to training on sand to simulate snow. The videos below from Spanish and French national television stations show athletes training in a giant industrial freezer.

Shanghai Metal manufactures the stainless steel plate for freezers as one of the leading manufacturers and suppliers of metal products.

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SMC produces about 8000-10000 metric tons of stainless steel every month. As a holder of large stores of metal products, we are able to provide low prices, high quality, excellent support, and quick delivery times. To find out more, please visit our websiteLinkedInTwitter, Facebook and Instagram. Or you could try our new mobile app by scanning our QR code.

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