The Shipping News: Containers as Shelters
Recently, I watched Jiro Dreams of Sushi again, and besides being reminded of what a single-minded passion can create through a desire to “improve yourself and elevate your craft,” it also reminded me of how sushi once began as humble street food.
So it is with great pleasure that I see what people are doing, design-wise, with such modest materials as wooden pallets and shipping containers. These building blocks are inexpensive and in the case of shipping containers, durable. However, it takes a talented architect or designer to turn them into something smart and beautiful.
Lest you think this is a metal box devoid of anything organic, notice the bamboo plywood paneling inside, and check out the rooftop garden in the photo below.
Unlike traditional homes, a shipping container is easily made waterproof, and roots won’t grow through your ceiling. Sure, you could put your garden in the ground like everyone else, but it’s kind of pretty up top, isn’t it?
In case you’re wondering about the practicalities of such a shelter, it comes equipped with a composting toilet, and grey water from the sink and shower irrigates the garden. The word is recycle, my friends, and that includes the deck (made from soda bottles) and the foundation (telephone poles).
A shipping container, like sushi, at first seems so minimalist, so simple–that it can hardly be improved upon. Yet, it can be done, done well, and done with imagination.
Featured image source: Container City