Copenhagen-based CPH Containers has recently embarked on a one-of-a-kind project that aims to construct innovative low-cost student homes using repurposed shipping containers. Designed by Søren Nielsen of Vandkunsten Architects, the structure calls for easy installation, and can actually be joined together to create compact student villages.
Aptly called CPH Shelter, the prototype home is built from a 40-ft (around 12-m) recycled shipping container. It features a two-storied extension, made from strengthened polycarbonate, which in turn houses a winter garden. The dwelling’s interior is composed of a fully-equipped kitchen, a bedroom, a lounge-cum-dining space and a modern bathroom with shower and toilet.
Sustainably-acquired Swedish pine covered the walls and floors, while the ceiling is clad in fire-retardant boards. The CPH Shelter is lined with large windows that allow sunlight to enter, while also facilitating natural ventilation. Shipping container architecture has been around for quite some time, and have several advantages, including easy construction as well as transportation. Speaking about the project, the spokesperson of CPH Containers said:
Our plan is to build 2000 student housing units before 2019. Each village will have approximately 300-400 units. We’ve been working very hard on a political level to free up empty space in Copenhagen.
In general, however, container homes are known for their lack of proper insulation. To keep the structure comfortably cool during summer and warm in winter, the archtiects have installed thick layers of wood fiber and paper-wool along the walls. Additionally, the house is equipped with an efficient heat pump and an automated ventilation system for the kitchen and the bathroom. According to the developers, the terrace garden also helps maintain indoor temperature.
The firm’s plan to construct container-based student villages has already been approved the Copenhagen municipal council, and will likely commence later this year. The architects are currently looking for volunteers to assist in the execution of the proposal. If everything goes as planned, the company will be building these student villages all across Denmark and abroad. The team added:
The price for rooms will vary. Whether it’s a commercial investor, who wants a profit margin, or a public housing company, who doesn’t need profitability. In the latter case a room will cost about US$300 a month, in the first case about $500 a month.
To know more about CPH Containers and the project, head over to the firm’s official website.