Strength & Durability:
Shipping containers are in many ways an ideal building material. They are designed to carry heavy loads and to be stacked in high columns. They are also designed to resist harsh environments â€?? such as on ocean going vessels or sprayed with road salt while transported on roads. Due to their strength, containers are useful for secure storage.
According to estimates, some 18 million containers make about 200 million trips each year to transport various things. Containers are well suited to every means of transport – on land, water and air.
A container’s outer shell resists any on site manipulation and withstands the worst of weather conditions (the cold and the heat, as well as salty water, high winds, downpours) and other inconveniences.
Low Structural Cost - High Strength:
Containers offer a huge structural strength for a fraction of the cost of traditional timber steel and concrete constructions. Because all the strength is contained in the structural elements themselves, the foundation design is simpler and less expensive. These two factors leave more room in the budget for exterior finishes and interior design, allowing luxurious appointment with contemporary design materials.
Small Footprint - Efficient Living Area:
This construction technique is ideal for multi storey dwellings or office space, offering a large usable area in a small footprint.
Treasures on a Dock:
The containers are like treasures on a dock as they are so widely available on all major ports and docks of the country. Once the containers land on a port, they are quite often discarded and sold at the rate of scrap. One can easily find containers for very cheap price and in a good condition to be reused.
Short Construction Time:
Once the plan is designed, the containers are prepared and fitted out at the workshop. Construction time onsite can be as little as 7 days to fully weatherproofed condition.
Firmitas, Utilitas & Venustas:
Architecture, as defined by the Roman architect Vitruvius, is any structure that exhibits the three qualities of firmitas, utilitas, venustas – that is, it must be solid, useful, beautiful. These are sometimes termed the Vitruvian virtues. So by definition, modifying containers and bringing them together to create structures that are solid, useful and good to look at – is known as container architecture.
All shipping containers are made to standard 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. They can be stacked up to 12 high when empty. Containers are like giant LEGO blocks. There are unlimited spatial combinations they can be combined into.
Ready to Use:
These steel boxes can be made in a factory setting, under the expert guidance of the engineers keeping in mind the specific use of each container. They can be altered, modified, and furbished with plush interiors and made ready to use by just placing them on the site. This saves a lot of energy and resources of actual construction on site. Ideal for those who do not want to get into the hassle of building construction.