Skip to comments.Shipping Containers to Become Condos in Detroit
Posted on 11/24/2012 6:28:34 PM PST by haffast
The first U.S. multi-family condo built of used shipping containers is slated to break ground in Detroit early next year.
Strong, durable and portable, shipping containers stack easily and link together like Legos. About 25 million of these 20-by-40 feet multicolored boxes move through U.S. container ports a year, hauling children's toys, flat-screen TVs, computers, car parts, sneakers and sweaters.
But so much travel takes its toll, and eventually the containers wear out and are retired. That's when architects and designers, especially those with a "green" bent, step in to turn these cast-off boxes into student housing in Amsterdam, artists' studios, emergency shelters, health clinics, office buildings.
Exceptional Green Living on Rosa Parks, Detroit: Container to Condo
This 20-unit, four-story condo complex consisting of 93 stacked cargo containers - the first U.S. multi-family residence to be built from these discarded vessels - has been in the works for four years. Tabled when the national real estate market shattered, the project is now scheduled to break ground early next year in midtown Detroit. The units will come rigged with ductless heating and air systems, tankless water heaters and other energy-saving systems. "We're putting money into these energy efficiencies so that the tenant has reduced energy costs," says Leslie Horn, CEO of Three Squared, the project's developer. "And we can build in less than half the time."
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I’m sure they’re bulletproof.
Gonna need a lot of firewood. Those puppies get pretty cold in the winter.
Old Railroad box cars were used as chicken houses. Read it in a letter circa 1890.
Why won’t refurbish vacant offices and housing?
Waiting for shacks, oxes and carts in former Motown.
Sounds like Camp Vance, Afghanistan.
we'll be living like the cast out robots of "I, Robot"
Ya, I was wondering, where exactly in Detroit these will be built. Depending on the neighborhood, being bullet proof could be more important than all the energy saving items they talk about.
More like 7.5 by 40.
“Im sure theyre bulletproof.”
ISO containers are constructed of thin Corten type steel with corrugations to give strength. Typical container walls will stop a .22 Long Rifle, and perhaps weaker pistol bullets. Most rifle bullets will easily penetrate the sheet metal of a container. Even the corner posts are just 1/4 inch thick square or rectangular steel tubing, which a decent rifle will penetrate.
Looks like the Clintoon Liebrary
Wonder what a duplex will go for...
Ah, the American Dream! A shipping container ...
A little creative welding and some stucco and who knows.
You found me. >grin<
Can you say AGENDA 21?
These are made to order for UN Agenda 21 specifications.
20 feet wide? I don't think so.
Baraq’s “new normal” for those who aren’t lucky enough for “Section 8”
it works for Odungo’s brother
Not even close to 20 feet wide
That looks exactly like one of the stages in Modern Warfare 3, the video game
THAT might be 20 feet wide!
We’ll have to wait for the satellite photographs to be sure.
Well, they’ll be harder to destruct.
Lease some land, put a container house on it, and when you are done, put Detroit in the rear view mirror and don't look back.
Aah, look of the future.
Not to mention the noise.
Is that “intermodal?”
i thought they were 10 by 20 or so, as they fit onto trailer frames for semis to haul. must have multiple sizes.
That’s got some really weird bumps and bulges. Sort of a hang down over the panty line.
I don’t see any advantage to these things
other than that they are stackable.
I remember quite well a shipping container living quarter area of town behind the home I lived in with 30gal plastic garbage cans filled with potable water and 5 gal "honey" buckets, both located inside so they would not freeze and both serviced by city trucks once or twice a week.
Bootleggers and drunks for the most part.
In fact I remember a show a few years back that discovered the price to convert a storage container was not cost efficient at all and ended up being 2 to 3 times the price per square foot of regular construction. There was also so some nasty problem with the paint they use to keep the shipping containers from rusting while traveling over seas. It caused cancer or something. This looks like more feel good hopey changey Solendra bologna.
the reason these steel boxes win the prize is simple: They are dirt cheap. Construction works out to $8/sq ft. Find something cheaper. You won’t.
The economy of scale was acheived on these a long time ago.
I’ll be an optimist here. Once installed, people’s sense of design will take over. The low cost leaves lots of room for expense on landscaping to break up their angular and ugly appearance. Give this time, I think this could be a winner in the struggle over low income housing. So long as they can fight the rust, too, maintenance costs should be very low for these metal boxes.
Yep the good old days and Dems cry about how hard life is. What a joke. I have pics like this of my family living in a mud underground hut in West Texas so my gggrandpa could claim the land. No cell phone, TV, purple drank, no luxury but they made it without gov’t assistance.
Another reason is that we do not produce enough stuff to ship back containers full of goods.
We buy stuff from the new manufacturing powerhouse that is China, and send back NOTHING. What we do sell there, is often produced there.
So rather than send back empty containers, it becomes cheaper to sell them in the USA for the difference in the price of sending them back empty and convincing the rats of Detroit that they make lovely ‘homes’.
I guess they took notes from Port-Au-Prince, Haiti.
Insulation is cheap. And then there are the already-insulated containers used to ship produce. I've been thinking about getting one of these to make into a workshop.
Detroit shipping container city
This is at least thirty year old architecture at last reaching Detroit.
I visited transient quarters made from stacked 40 foot containers in Jubail in 1977
The correct dimension 92 inches...... two 46” pallets side by side
89 inches is the door height
It’s got its own zipcode.
I’m certain the author meant 20 to 40 instead of 20 by 40. Containers come in 20 foot and 40 foot lengths in standard height and high cube varieties. I ship approximately 500 of them weekly.