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Prague-based firm has managed to combine two of our favorite things: shipping containers and wanderlust. The ContainHotel is a small boutique hotel made out of three repurposed shipping containers that can be easily disassembled and transported to different locations.

The eco-hotel is made out of three large shipping containers, but has a total of five rooms that can accommodate up to 13 guests at a time. A horizontal row of four rooms was built into a 40-foot high cube container, which is supported by two perpendicular 20-foot containers on the bottom level. The ground level containers house the sanitary facilities, a technical room, a storeroom on one end and a four-bed guest room on the other.

Although compact, the rooms are open and airy, with minimal, but elegant features on the interior. Large windows provide tons of natural light for all of the rooms. The interiors are clad in birch plywood, which was also used for the custom-made furniture. All of the rooms open up to an elongated shared balcony that provides great views of the surrounding nature.

Currently located in in Treboutice, Czech Republic, the hotel was designed to be a self-sufficient, eco-friendly hotel that can be easily demounted and transported to multiple locations. The structure was built on railroad sleepers to leave minimal footprint no matter where it is assembled. The building is connected to a local electric power source and has an integrated water reservoir that supplies the showers and sinks, all installed with water saving taps. To save on heating and cooling, the hotel awnings, which were made of reclaimed wood planks from a local sawmill, insulate the roof and provide shade in the summer months.
 

If your interested in a container for a project like this or something similar, contact AZ Containers at 877-292-6937 to see how the most basic steel box to a customized, climate controlled storage or workspace with windows, they’ll have your solution on it’s way to you fast.

 

 

This modular design concept can work well in places where mobility, efficiency and low-cost are key requirements. Container structures can be moved from site to site, and their compact design saves space and keeps things simple and tidy.

If your interested in a container for a project like this or something similar, contact AZ Containers at 877-292-6937 to see how the most basic steel box to a customized, climate controlled storage or workspace with windows, they’ll have your solution on it’s way to you fast.

We will provide our customers with a personal, fast and efficient service, which will offer a hassle free solution to any storage problem. More importantly, there are no hidden costs when purchasing  or leasing storage containers from us.

 

The Detroit Free Press says FIRST CONTAINER is raising money to build first a storage container community center, then a boutique hotel, at Eastern Market downtown. The project is called the Collision Works Story Box. Project leader, a former New York ad executive who moved to Detroit in 2011, says the prototype community center project will place two empty shipping containers near Shed 5 at Russell Street.

Eastern Market was chosen for several reasons. It's been around since 1891 and is the longest continually running farmers market in the U.S., with one of the largest permanent open-air market structures. People from all walks of life go to Eastern Market. It's a gathering place for artists, activists, and thinkers. Coordinators want to connect fresh food, local agriculture, art, and community. They're hoping to have the prototype community center ready by May 19, Eastern Market's Flower Day.

For further information regarding our storage containers for rental or sales, contact AZ Containers at 877-292-6937 to see how the most basic steel box to a customized, climate controlled storage or workspace with windows, they’ll have your solution on it’s way to you fast.

 

Few homebuyers would notice an old shipping container for sale and think: “That’s it! That’s our new home.”

Since 2011, Seattle Architect has been working to transform used shipping containers into modern works of “cargotecture.” He has completed the first 20-by-8-foot home and is building two others.

Modern stainless-steel appliances, hardwood floors, a tiled bathroom with a shower and a queen bed don’t crowd the 160-square-foot “Cargo Cottage” studio.

At 8 feet wide, outstretched hands can almost touch each side.

The starting price ranges from $35,000 for the cottage and up to $72,000 for the two-bedroom “Cargo Haus,” a double 40-foot container with 640 square feet.

He says the idea came to him while working as an architect for International Coffee House.

Gazing out the conference-room window during a meeting, he noticed the nearby shipping yard in South Seattle was full of bright-red containers 

“I started fantasizing about what I would need to make the space livable so I could sneak into a container and be transported back home.  I thought, let’s see, I’ll need a bed and bathroom and what else?”

Years later, after leaving his corporate job, selling all his possessions that didn’t float and spending two years sailing on his 26-foot boat, he had an epiphany.

The water was sparkling with bioluminescence, the stars were out and dolphins were swimming alongside his boat. He says that’s when he knew he wanted to propose going into the cargo-home business with his partner.

The first two cargo homes are being built at the on Whidbey Island. And, like a boat, they can easily be picked up by a boom crane and transported using a flatbed truck to a different location if needed.

 

“It’s the ultimate in reuse,” says one of the owners who purchased a Cargo Cottage with her husband. “I love the idea of taking a perfectly good steel structure and making it into something great instead of discarding it into a waste yard.”

The plan is to put the cottage on a piece of land on Whidbey Island that overlooks Admiralty Inlet, live in it for a while and then turn it into a guesthouse.

The energy-efficient, environmentally friendly aspect appeals to her. The homes are made of 80 percent recycled or re-purposed materials.

She also feels confident knowing that the architect has a system to track each container by identification number, like a VIN number on a car, to see what the container carried and to be sure nothing toxic has ever been transported.

It also doesn’t hurt that the containers have style.

“We stopped by to look at the model home for fun, but then we were absolutely surprised and amazed” The couple liked the round windows that broke up the boxy feeling.

“The more we looked at it, the more we realized it’s like a boat,” she says. “Everything, every square inch of space, has to be used and everything has to have a purpose in such a small area to make it work.”

He keeps dreaming of even bigger projects. He said he is in talks with interested buyers to construct containers to serve as everything from movable office space to hygiene centers for the homeless.

ShelterKraft has also sold a walk-in storage container unit and a classroom made out of a cargo container.

The architect also plans to build a couple of cargo containers within the next year for himself.

Maybe a double 20-foot elevated living and music cottage for Corning and a 20-foot “floating cargo cottage” for himself that he can moor on the water — just like a boat.

For further information regarding our storage containers for rental or sales, contact AZ Containers at 877-292-6937 to see how the most basic steel box to a customized, climate controlled storage or workspace with windows, they’ll have your solution on it’s way to you fast.

 

Intermodal containers can be the target of break-ins and burglary when left unattended since they often contain valuable equipment and inventory. In these cases, a security system consisting of a motion detector and panel can trigger a siren, strobe, or light to deter intruders. Many panels offer wireless communication so that security guards can be alerted if an alarm is triggered.

Traditional motion detectors can be problematic because they are obstructed by the constantly moving equipment inside the container. Many break-ins occur by criminals cutting through a wall of the container, so the obstructed sensor becomes useless. Tomographic motion detector work well in intermodal containers because they do not require a line of sight to detect motion. The entire container is covered by a sensing mesh that is not blocked by equipment or inventory. Tomographic motion detection is not prone to misdetection due to dirt buildup as is the case for beams and infrared sensors.

For further information regarding our storage containers for rental or sales, contact AZ Containers at 877-292-6937 to see how the most basic steel box to a customized, climate controlled storage or workspace with windows, they’ll have your solution on it’s way to you fast.

 

A real estate business and project manager from Guimarães, Portugal has put together this clever recycled multiple use shipping container project at his family’s country estate – Quinta da Cancela 1720.

Five years ago, he took over the management of Estate, and undertook a number of initiatives that included the restoration of a 1720’s farmhouse, the further development of their rural tourism project and of course producing wine. It soon became evident that the Estate would need more storage, so an idea that had incubated for Arthur for over 10 years came to fruition.

His original idea was to construct a shipping container building that was to act as a storage warehouse. However the project evolved, and the building was to become a multifunctional facility; that would support activities by their swimming pool, to act as an studio for rent, to have a semi-industrial kitchen, and to serve as a dinner-party lounge for up to 40-50 people.

Constructed of 2 x 40 ft High Cube shipping container and 2 half’s of a 40 ft High Cube shipping container this container project came together with the use of local subcontractors, who…

• Poured the concrete foundations

• Placed the containers on site

• Cut up and welding in the frame for windows and the roof

• Waterproofed the roof

• Installed the Aluminum Windows.

• Included with in the design was the use of…

• Double Glass Large windows

• 10 sheets of glass for the windows that were reclaimed from a measurement error on another construction site

• Roof insulation and finishing done with expanded clay balls

• Site placement in perennial tree-shaded area meaning that winter sun “soaks up” and summer

• Recycled Shipping Containers

• It took Arthur just seven days to construct this 90m2 building, with an estimated time line of…

• 1 day for foundation carpentry and iron;

• ½ day for pouring concrete

• ½ day for placement of containers

• 1 day for cutting windows and welding roof edges

• 1 day for waterproofing membrane on roof

• 1 day for windows placement.

• ½ day to lay the geotextile layer, concrete slabs surrounding the roof and spreading the expanded clay.

• 1 day for painting

 

The budget to date is around 10,000€. With the interior fit out still to complete, we look forward to seeing Arthur’s finished structure.

If your interested in a container for a project like this or something similar, contact AZ Containers at 877-292-6937 to see how the most basic steel box to a customized, climate controlled storage or workspace with windows, they’ll have your solution on it’s way to you fast.

We aim to provide our customers with a personal, fast and efficient service, which will offer a hassle free solution to any storage problem. More importantly, there are no hidden costs when purchasing  or leasing storage containers from us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canada got its first recycled shipping container housing development. It is located in the Downtown Eastside area of Vancouver, at 502 Alexander St. The housing project was developed by a Women’s Resource Society, which wanted to create affordable and quality non-market housing units to be rented out to older women.

The housing development is comprised of 12 studio units, each with a net living area of 280 – 290 square feet. All of the units are entirely self-contained, complete with bathrooms, kitchens and an in-suite laundry. With its colorful navy blue and burnt orange exterior walls, the housing blends in perfectly with the other building in the neighborhood.

The base structure of this three-story housing development was constructed from 12 recycled shipping containers. The walls of the units are spray-foam insulated and finished with drywall. The development meets all the national building codes, while it even exceeds the code requirements for insulation and sound transference.

Out of the 12 recycled container units, four were donated. The remaining eight containers were purchased through a broker. The containers contain steel and are worth about $5,000 each, which would typically be too expensive for such an affordable housing development, according to the project development manager.

If your interested in a container for a project like this or something similar, contact AZ Containers at 877-292-6937 to see how the most basic steel box to a customized, climate controlled storage or workspace with windows, they’ll have your solution on it’s way to you fast.

 

A great example of using 2 Shipping Containers with  section added between the two containers to increase square footage.

This home shows how spacious and modern a project like this can be, created by Architect’s in New York and Florida, the Savannah project makes a very nice small house.

If your interested in a container for a project like this or something similar, contact AZ Containers at 877-292-6937 to see how the most basic steel box to a customized, climate controlled storage or workspace with windows, they’ll have your solution on it’s way to you fast.

We will provide our customers with a personal, fast and efficient service, which will offer a hassle free solution to any storage problem. More importantly, there are no hidden costs when purchasing  or leasing storage containers from us.

 

This modular design concept can work well in places where mobility, efficiency and low-cost are key requirements. Container structures can be moved from site to site, and their compact design saves space and keeps things simple and tidy.

If your interested in a container for a project like this or something similar, contact AZ Containers at 877-292-6937 to see how the most basic steel box to a customized, climate controlled storage or workspace with windows, they’ll have your solution on it’s way to you fast.

We will provide our customers with a personal, fast and efficient service, which will offer a hassle free solution to any storage problem. More importantly, there are no hidden costs when purchasing  or leasing storage containers from us.

 

AZ CONTAINERS offers an assortment of options to address any storage need. Storage containers conform to ISO dimensions and are available in 20' and 40' sizes. All ground-level containers are made of 14 gauge, corrugated steel and are air and watertight. These "mini-warehouses" provide safe, secure storage space for the short or long-term use.

Features:

14 gauge corrugatedsteel sides, double doors and roofs​

7 gauge steel end-frames

double-locking, full-opening end doors

1 1/8" thick marine wood floors

Forklift pockets

Available Sizes:

20' x 8'6" dry freight

40' x 8'6" dry freight

40' x 9'6" dry hi-cube

AZ CONTAINERS steel containers are used for many storage needs including:

building materials on construction sites

tools and equipment

residential and commercial furniture

landscaping equipment

many other uses

If your interested in a container from AZ Containers, call us at 877-292-6937 to see how the most basic steel box or a customized, climate controlled storage or workspace with windows, we’ll have your solution on it’s way to you fast.

We provide our customers with a personal, fast and efficient service, which will offer a hassle free solution to any storage problem. More importantly, there are no hidden costs when purchasing or leasing storage containers from us.