Shipping container architecture is a form of architecture using steelintermodal containers (shipping containers) as structural element. It is also referred to as cargotecture, a portmanteau of cargo with architecture. The use of containers as a building material has grown in popularity of the past several years due to their inherent strength, wide availability, and relatively low expense. We have also started to see people build homes with containers because they are seen as more eco-friendly than traditional building materials such as brick and cement.(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shipping_container_architecture)
Carehaven, Green Smiles Nature Edu Farm, a school, orphanage and learning farm for 120 students is located on a 2.12-acre jungle site in Kota Tinggi, Malaysia. Shipping containers form one and two storey courtyards. These courtyards flank a central street that is covered by an immense roof. The industrial look of the shipping containers is softened by the use of wood raftered roofs and bamboo wall screens.
Our design takes cues from traditional Malay building principles for cooling without air conditioning. Common spaces are open air, under deep eaved roofs. Classrooms are walled only by floor to ceiling screens of spaced bamboo poles. Bedrooms have fully operable windows that provide cross ventilation in every room. Many of the shipping containers are on stilts or cantilevered to take advantage of cooling breezes. The walls of the shipping containers are further shaded from the sun by bamboo pole screens. Independent roofs with large eaves over all containers and peak ventilation in the central roof provide cooling air currents and lower light levels to heighten the feeling of coolness. Water features in each courtyard and surrounding the open air-dining pavilion cool the air through evaporation. Water harvesting and traditional filtering systems provide water for irrigation and washing. Project with Exhale Group. (Project description by Carol-Anne Coulter)
Typical size of a steel shipping container (w x h x l) 8' x 8' x 40' Container cost in USD (used) $1200 Height that empty containers units can be stacked 12 Avg weight of a 40ft shipping container (kg) 3,500