Shipping Container Apartments
If you have ever been in a city that sits beside a major
waterway, you have likely seen big ships go by, laden
down with shipping containers that seem to reach up and
touch the sky. You have likely wondered what was inside
those containers and where they were headed, but we can
bet that very few of you ever looked at them and imagined
them as your potential new home.
Shipping Container Aparments in France
While it may sound like something reserved for the homeless,
shipping containers have actually become quite the growing
trend for those looking for an alternative style of home.
The biggest boom in the shipping container apartment
trend can be found in China, where they are having find
ways to deal with the millions of migrant workers currently
employed in the country. What the government did was look
at that number in relation to the massive influx of shipping
containers that have come via their booming economy.
They combined the two to come up with a solution that
is being viewed by many as quite the stroke of genius.
They get to re-purpose shipping containers that would
normally be left to rust, so that they can create affordable
housing for those millions of migrant workers.
Shipping Container Apartments in China
While the idea of shipping container apartments in that
context may make you think of squalid living conditions,
it is actually not the case at all. The apartments are
actually quite cozy and comfortable, although perhaps
not as glamorous looking as the ones that are now popping
up in Le Havre, France.
The container apartments found there are very much being
sold on the luxury end of the scale. It's easy to see
why, as they are architecturally quite stunning to look
at. You would never be able to tell right away that they
were old shipping containers, save perhaps for the doors,
which still bear that unmistakable look.
Container Apartments in Amsterdam
The major difference between the shipping container projects
in China and those in France is that the latter apartments
have been put together using brand new containers. While
it's somewhat understandable that they would go that route
when selling a luxury type property, it does somewhat
defeat the purpose of what is supposed to be being achieved
by recycling used shipping containers for homes.
In short, the whole reason for using containers is to
make apartments that are environmentally friendly. These
containers would otherwise be left to rust, which when
you consider their size and strength, is a process that
would take years and years to complete.
Colorful Container Apartments
Rather than having an ever growing pile of rusting metal,
people are starting to get creative and find ways to solve
the housing problem in some parts of the world, whilst
also doing something that will benefit the environment
for years to come.