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.
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