Container Housing

In the 21st Century, shipping containers are being used more frequently for architecture than they are for actual shipping, It is just an opinion. There are several reasons why shipping container housing has grown in popularity. The houses are 

1.Cost-effective 

The general consensus is that shipping container homes are cheaper to build than conventional housing. The budget really depends on the situation, but shipping containers reduce costs dramatically in areas where it’s difficult to erect regular housing, such as sloping blocks of land.

2. Eco-friendly

One of the biggest pros of building a shipping container home, Whilst you could argue that melting down the shipping container and recasting the steel into something else is more environmentally friendly, you would be wrong. Recasting steel requires an incredible amount of energy and it isn’t financially viable- this is why there are so many abandoned shipping containers in the world.

3. Speedy to build

Shipping container homes can be built incredibly fast, They can be built offsite then shipped to your Land. 

The best example of this is a college in Holland wanted an additional accommodation for incoming students, So they decided to build a block of shipping container homes out of 250 containers. The shipping containers were modified in China and then shipped to Amsterdam. In total around 5 shipping containers were stacked each day. This means that in less than 12 weeks they had successfully built 250 shipping container homes!

The reason for this is that when you purchase a shipping container, you already have the walls, floor and ceiling for your home; you just need to apply insulation and decorate them!

But some architects say the trendy metal boxes have major flaws and are not worth the hype

 

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Nairobi city and Co-working spaces

Around 10 years ago coworking spaces began opening up to offer affordable office space solutions to startups and freelancers, but recently much larger tech firms have been jumping in. Companies are now looking for the benefits of locating in these shared office environments. As a result, big media conglomerates and newly crowned tech giants have been moving employees to coworking and incubator spaces.  

Arbor House Business Centre. along Arboretum Road Nairobi

Well, this is Happening all over the world but In The safari Capital Of Africa, Nairobi Coworking spaces are mushrooming all over the city, Beautiful spaces that we will be looking at them soon.

Currently, Large corporations are partnering with coworking spaces to support innovation and idea exchanges. Tech giants such as Verizon, IBM and Microsoft are now testing coworking spaces to be near innovative startups.

The twig Co work at West End towers in Waiyaki way

Corporations are forming partnerships with coworking spaces, thereby making it easier for them to stay on top of technological innovations and top talent. They want to keep an ear to the ground when it comes to potential disruptions in their industry, and they need to closely monitor potential acquisition targets. Renting space in coworking spaces can help them check all of the boxes: Attract top talent, monitor competition, and find acquisition targets. Here are a few examples of partnerships in the past couple of years 

This is the new wave jump on the bandwagon and save big!

 Nairobi’s startup scene is taking off, and community workspaces are revving up its fame as East Africa’s cosmopolitan hub.  These coworking spaces are not the run-of-the-mill startup campuses you would expect to find anywhere else in Africa.

If you are an up-and-coming startup or small business looking to get noticed, there is no better place to make those connections happen.

One trend coming out of coworking spaces, like The Mint Hub ,  The Twig,  AHBC,  Workstyle Africa is integrating incubators into their business development strategies. By offering space and an environment with resources, they are able to cater and retain members who are launching startups.  

The Mint Hub

The demand for shared office coworking spaces is surging in the Nairobi and around the world, with several mega corporates over this past year deciding to jump into the game. So why would you start a business and rent an overpriced office space in town?  

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House Review

Strategic placement of any building becomes paramount when it comes to a large site. This was the case with the 2.5-acre site for a new farmhouse in Chhattarpur, New Delhi, where the land was exceptionally narrow and deep.

The narrowness of this west facing plot was challenging because placing the built mass either in front or at back resulted in enormous, wasteful lawns at the other ends. Besides, the presence of an adjoining old three storey residential building to the north with an array of servant rooms situated on its terrace looking into our site, made it imperative to place our building parallel to this adjoining block such that there is no visibility of this mammoth structure from the south courtyard of our building. 

The main mass of the building was designed along the length to counter the linearity of the plot and was positioned towards the north side creating a south facing court and avoiding ‘over-looking’ issues from the neighbours. The south court was flanked with the formal living and bar to the west with the gymnasium/ den area to the southeast corner. This resulted in an intimate court adjoining the informal lounge of the house. The initial planning provided for a pool positioned in the court next to the gym block but was later shifted to the northeast of the building on client’s behest.

The main building being linear along the north and the formal area located in the south-west spanning the width of the plot resulted in an ‘L’ shaped typology. What it helped do was to segregate the formal front lawns with the more intimate central courtyard. Placing the living room between these open zones gave the user a benefit of clubbing these areas for larger gathering.

The architectural vocabulary of the building was actually generated with the response to its orientation. The front of the house facing west is either expanse of solid white planes or timber louvres provided in front of openings with glass.

The entrance of the house is flanked with a granite-clad stone wall that directs the movement towards the main door. An elegant steel and wood canopy projects out over the entry. The bar, located at the other end from the entrance, was cladded with same stone and it wrapped around onto the side facing the internal courtyard.

The master bedroom sat on top of the bar and precariously cantilevered out towards the court. High roof of the master bedroom balcony provided an unobtrusive view of the courtyard and poolside area with the rear lawn. An open verandah was designed outside formal living with louvers on the roof protecting the length of the glass from direct evening sun.  

Compositionally, there is a subtle balance between the solid and void that has been created to the front of the house. Towards the south court, the glazing has been maximized on the ground floor with adequate shade being provided by the building mass projecting out on the first floor. 

The staircase was custom-designed and fabricated out of steel and timber and is placed along a full height transparent wall in the entrance atrium which faces north. This glass and aluminum skin turns horizontal at the top and becomes part of the roof.

 

Source : Home Adore

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