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Up Close: Intelligent Container Home

Intelligent shipping container home with automation.
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This project was sent to us by one of our ISBA Members in Uruguay. It's a very high quality BizPod conversion using a 20GP 
shipping container and using the doors as the customer entrance with large picture windows in the front to attract customers. 
This is absolutely one of the best quality projects and simplest designs we have seen and fits well into the tourism area near
the beach. We are expecting more photos soon.  

NOTE: Our staff thought maybe this was part of the Musto Sporting Goods chain from the UK, but after speaking to Wendy
Miller of Musto in London by phone she confirms this is not a Musto corporate shop but may be a dealer.

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Condos & Apartments: Shipping Container Condos


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This 1000 ISBU container condo project is not only the largest ever in the United States but will soon tie with TempoHousing in
Amsterdam as the largest container project globally.

Our shipping container architectural drawings are being used by thousands of architects globally but we seldom know how or where
they are being used.

The Salt Lake City condo project will use about 1000 ISBU containers as its infrastructure but the actualy number of condos will be
only 200 housing units. Each of the condo housing units will be make of 4-5 ISBU containers to create one of the 1280+ sq./ft. 
condos. Preliminary approvals for the Salt Lake City condo project is expected in June or July.

Joel Karr is the force behind this project and also the Container Creation website. His staff at his San Francisco based office are very
experienced and will certainly pull off this multi-family condo mega-project with his normal precision.

[ Permalink: Modern ]
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Business In A Box: Shipping Container Sport Shop


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This project was sent to us by one of our ISBA Members in Uruguay. It's a very high quality BizPod conversion using a 20GP 
shipping container and using the doors as the customer entrance with large picture windows in the front to attract customers. 
This is absolutely one of the best quality projects and simplest designs we have seen and fits well into the tourism area near
the beach. We are expecting more photos soon.  

NOTE: Our staff thought maybe this was part of the Musto Sporting Goods chain from the UK, but after speaking to Wendy
Miller of Musto in London by phone she confirms this is not a Musto corporate shop but may be a dealer.

[ Permalink: BizPods ]
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Business In A Box: Jamaica Architectural Office Built With Cargo Container


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Commercial: Virtual Teach and Learn Center Promotes Shipping Container Construction


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One of our Australia Members sent us this unique project and the virtual (not real) Jokaydia Island project is growing rapidly among
certain 3D design enthusiasts. It appears to be promoted part of a "virtual" class room project promoted  by Teach and Learn in
Canada. Whether you fully understand their teaching and learning concepts you must agree the artwork is exceptional and we
certainly applaud their choice of using ISBU shipping containers as a major part of their island housing, classroom and community
construction. Recyclable ISBU shipping containers are a big part of any Eco concept including solar, wind and greenroofs. The island
uses them for housing, classrooms, cultural center and personal storage units, just as in the ideal real world.

The Jokaydia designs are in three of our categories, Concept, Mmmm, and also Commercial. We think you will enjoy browsing them.

Designs: Jokaydia and her Associates
Promotion: Teach & Learn Center
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Modern: Tuff Cube Designs Show The Easy Transformation Of Shipping Containers To Homes


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This is one of the designs from our new Tuff Cube series which is intended to offer many tools for our readers. The Tuff Cube 
concept is not only used for education in the "Container Transformation", but will soon be used to provide accurate life like designs
and plans for shipping container design, modification and construction. 

The Tuff Cube concept is not just the photos you see, but they are part of a very simple and easy-to-use software program that
is very inexpensive and does not require a professional. The 3D program has templates that the user simply modifies with a click
including simple changes to the interior and exterior. ...decorating, remodeling, furnishing and even landscaping. It automatically
generates the 360° view 3D photos, but also the 2D architectural plans. You will see more of these templates very soon.

Designers: Tuff Cube
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Business In A Box: Making Waves With A Cargo Container Surfing Machine


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You are only limited by your imagination when you believe in ISBU technology. The people at AWM Technologies, better known as
Surf Stream of California teamed up the the engineering experience of SeaBox. The results are a series of awesome wave machines
for surfers and body boarders everywhere.  ...literally everywhere.

The SurfStream equipment use ISBU shipping containers to not only house the equipment, but to create the rugged swimming and
surfing areas. Because they are ISBU's they can be move and located more easily.

Technology: AWM Technologies
Container: SeaBox
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Modern: Verbus Containers Go Modern With New UK Housing Designs


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Technology: Verbus Systems
Structural Engineer: Buro Happold Engineering
Construction: G & H Group
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What does that mean for you?
This Jamaica office is built from a single 40GP ISBU cargo container and is the 
office of the same architects who designed and built the cargo container office.

It was designed by architects Chris Whyms-Stone and David Douglas who own 
the firm of Cornerstone Architects in Kingston, Jamaica. This is not only their 
design but also their new office. It sits on an elevation which adds even more to
 it's unique appearance.

With real estate prices soaring this was their plan dating as far back as 2002. 
They have other shipping container designs including a car dealership, however 
there is an extreme shortage of shipping containers in Jamaica. Eventhough there
is a demand and great interest in shipping container designs in Jamaica, the ISBU 
shortage has halted construction.

Architects: Cornerstone Architects
Container: JAMCOR
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For all these years people keep saying, "but why do the 
shipping containers always need to look like shipping containers?
As we keep saying, "the don't". 

Now Verbus has finally added the simple exterior decor to prove
that ISBU shipping container construction can be very attractive
even when a single unit housing project is constructed.

Verbus are the people behind the Travelodge projects and 
many other UK container housing projects proving the "box"
can be strong, flexible and also beautiful.

You may notice that the Verbus ISO shipping containers are
12', which is 4' wider than the standard ISO container.

Although it is nice to have the extra width it has many serious
problems and challenges during transport; on the ships from it's
China factory and then on the streets to the final project. The
planning time and delays take the feasibility and beauty from
the easy-to-use standard 8' wide ISBU.

The Verbus people are genius at what they do but for most
projects and contractors globally that extra size is a nightmare.
Most architects and contractors with any experience prefer to
use of two 8' ISBU will form a 16' rather than fight the transit
problems of the 12'. No matter what, Verbus is a winner...