WFH House incorporates shipping containers into a modular building system
February 25, 2013
It’s no surprise to see the popularity of shipping container homes increase in recent times, especially when architects just keep getting more and more creative with what they can do with them. Adding to the list of innovative shipping container homes is the prefabricated WFH House, which incorporates the use of recycled shipping containers into a modular building system. Designed by Danish architectural studio Arcgency, the home is also coupled with a online personalization system that allows clients to customize their own home, including its layout, size, facade and interior.
The 180 square meter (1,937 sq. ft.) WFH House features a predefined framework, which the architects claim ensures the use of quality materials, while also maintaining architectural integrity. Two rows of recycled shipping containers are stacked on top of one another, creating a multi-level home filled with high ceilings, open space and an abundance of natural light. The home is made up of an open living space, a kitchen that is built into the walls and four rooms that can be used as bedrooms, workspaces or recreation retreats.
The home is further characterized by its sloping south-facing green roof (or north-facing for the Southern Hemisphere), featuring solar panels and sky lights. The green roof also facilitates the collection of rainwater, which is then stored underground and used for the toilets, laundry and house cleaning. The interior walls are lined with 350 mm (13.8 inch) thick insulation and the exterior is covered with a bamboo facade.
The prefabricated WFH House module has been developed so that it can be constructed anywhere in the world, with the first house finding a home in Wuxi, China. The home can also be adapted to suit a range of climates and it can also be modified to withstand earthquakes. Final prices are to be advised per project, however, its creators claim the WFH House is designed to offer competitive prices.
Often being desirable due to their size, strength and ease of transport, shipping container conversions aren't just limited to homes. We’ve recently seen some great conversions, which include an orphanage, B&B;, visitor center, hotel, artist studio and restaurant.