Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Rethinking the way we make houses: the Habitainers


Building a house is very intensive, expensive and compared with different other products: very non-efficient, bad organized and long lasting activity.
Imagine a house would be build in a factory on an assembly line just like washing machines, tv's and cars. Houses would be build in a much cheaper, more energy-efficient, more standardized and maybe less polluting way. The only problem would be 'transportation'.

But these days, we see a broad diversity of container houses popping up. The big advantage is that a container is a universal standard for shipping, train and road transport, so it is easy to personalize them in a factory and assemble them afterwards on the spot. Other nice thing: A container is a mass product, that can have a second life this way.

One container might feel small, but if they're combined like lego blocks, they can turn into big living environments and even complete apartment blocks.












It is fun to see that there is already a broad diversity of creative approaches if you visit websites like habinet.org or habintainer.net. We see small mobile units, fix stand alone or large urban applications.






The flexibility of the standardized measures is a big advantage for this pop-up restaurant




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