Amazing, but true: This house is built of three old shipping containers.
Recycling, environmental protection and sustainability are important words when it comes to modern homes and homes. Passive houses are at full speed to become standard. Not only in Norway, but also in the world, architects and builders gladly go for a few rounds to find new ways and build and stay, which should be at least harmful to both the environment, nature and people.
According to the design and architecture site Freshome, this was the background when the Copenhagen-based architectural firm Arcgency was commissioned to draw a modular, recyclable and removable prototype of a home for the client worldFLEXhome.
Recycling and Recycling
The architects at Arcgency wanted to do something unique and would use materials and constructions that did not require extra resources when they were building the house, called the WFH House.
The solution? Three old shipping containers placed on top of each other created the actual frame of the house.
– This is resource-efficient architecture at its best, explains the architects Møller, Vinzent and Sharpe to the site.
– This type of home can be exported and set up anywhere in the world. It’s more than architecture. It is a sustainable product.
The house, located in the city of Wuxi, China, is surrounded by dense vegetation and was designed from beginning to end to produce more energy than it actually uses. Not only is the frame of the house made of old shipping containers, but the facade is in sustainable bamboo, all rainwater is assembled in a smart system that allows it to be reused and the green roof consists of energy-efficient solar panels.
– Here was the goal of having a sense of utilization and sustainability all the way, explains the architects.
– In addition, focus on the way most of the other architecture is built, where a huge amount of resources are used to create a single building.
Model structure that can be customized to the neighborhood
For the Designboom website, architects explain that the flexible structure of the house is made just as it is possible to apply similar methods and techniques and to set up the same type of house on plots around the world.
– Even areas exposed to earthquakes explain the team behind the house of the site.
– The modular sections provide room for different types of typography and construction site.
In addition, the modules can be assembled not only to single-family homes, such as WFH House, but also to multi-storey high-rise town houses or apartment buildings, all built and assembled in the same way.
– This is the first time the sustainable concept of using prefabricated modules, as shipping containers meet a housing system that is adapted to international laws for how an asset building should be, explains the architects.
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– The construction period from beginning to end is also much shorter than with “common” houses, allows the house to follow owner if you want to move.
Design based on Nordic values
Both the inside and outside of WFH House have a clear Nordic feel. The principle the architects have followed when it comes to the building is the following:
2. Built for humans, human values
Good daylight conditions and access to different types of light.
3. Long-term and lasting solutions.
Use of healthy and recyclable materials, a design that is adapted to be taken apart and put together.
4. Materials that get more beautiful when they grow older
Could you sleep here?
5. Access to nature and green areas
6. A clean and minimalist “look”
7. Playfulness in color and design
The architects wanted the residents of the house to use it in a way that fell naturally to them, thus emphasizing solutions and furnishings that were as flexible as possible.
In the heart of the house is the room, or “Flex Space” as the room is also called. This room includes a living room and kitchen, and can be used for many purposes and activities according to the architects.
– Parts of the room have double ceilings, explains architects to Arch Daily architecture site.
– Which provides perfect lighting conditions and good natural daylight.
At the end of this room, doors have been placed to the garden and surrounding area.
– The border between the inside and inside is almost wiped away when the door is opened, the architects explain to the site.
– This is a fundamental part of the design, being able to let nature into the home.
The shed has the same status as the Opera
The space geometry called Flex Space is defined by two rows of building modules, and according to the architects, it is easy to customize their own wishes about the size and division that clients may have.
– This room can have many possible solutions, explains the architects.
– It can be divided up and down in many ways, and either divide over two levels like this, or have a floor plan that indicates that everything is on one and the same level.
The kitchen elements are built into the wall, which gives more floor space and also makes the work with water and drain easier to get to.
– The kitchen can also be expanded with a free-standing element, which will more define the kitchen as its own zone, explains the architects.
Shapes and Colors
The bedrooms are defined by half modules, which corresponds to 15 m2. There are four bedrooms in this prototype, all of which can be used for different purposes, whether it is a child room or office space one needs.
– Three of the rooms have windows on two facades, which provide good and varied lighting conditions, explains the architects.
– It is also possible to remove walls between rooms to create fewer larger rooms.
The colors used in the house are also strongly inspired by Scandinavian design. Here the background is mostly white, while details in crisp bright colors make nothing with this house feel cold or boring.
Here it was not really possible to build houses
– Nothing is too modern or provocative with the interior, explains the architects.
– We have simply and simply put in a light and airy environment, where shape and function are allowed to prevail.
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