The use of containers as a building material has grown in popularity over the past several years due to their inherent strength, wide availability, and relatively low cost. regroup architecture have realized several projects using shipping containers as a basic structure. Particularly usefully, the prefabrication can help to keep an investment mobile.
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- Private houses
- Apartment & office buildings
- Hospitality, hotel & resorts
- Infrastructure projects
Advantages for the use of shipping containers as construction modul:
Strength and durability
- Shipping containers are designed to be stacked in high columns, carrying heavy loads. They are also designed to resist harsh environments, such as on ocean-going vessels or sprayed with road salt while transported on roads. Due to their high strength, shipping containers are usually the last to fall in extreme weather, such as tornadoes, hurricanes, and tsunamis.
- All shipping containers are the same width and most have two standard height and length measurements and as such they provide modular elements that can be combined into larger structures. This simplifies design, planning and transport. As they are already designed to interlock for ease of mobility during transportation, structural construction is completed by simply emplacing them. Due to the containers’ modular design, additional construction is as easy as stacking more containers.
- Because they already conform to standard shipping sizes, pre-fabricated modules can be easily transported by ship, truck, or rail.
- Because of their wide-spread use, new and used shipping containers are available across the planet
- Many used containers are available at an amount that is low compared to a finished structure built by other labor-intensive means such as bricks and mortar — which also require larger more expensive foundations
- A 40 ft shipping container weights over 3,500 kg. When upcycling shipping containers, thousands of kilograms of steel are saved. In addition when building with containers, the amount of traditional building materials needed (i.e. bricks and cement) are reduced.
Shipping container projects