Industrial Crane Turned into a Private Retreat

Seems that unique remodeling and repurposing projects are popping up everywhere lately, which is a good thing. And this one is every bit as cool as the helicopter turned into a hotel. it is an old industrial crane, which was once used for loading coal, that has been transformed into a private retreat. The project was undertaken by the Copenhagen-based firm Arcgency and is located in the city’s harbor. The aptly named Krane features a luxury multi-floor interior, complete with a spa, meeting room, and a private apartment at the top. It also features a lot of outdoor terrace space.

The first floor of the Krane houses the main entrance and reception area, which seems to have been made out of a recycled shipping container. V set of stairs leads up to the second floor where the meeting area is located. There is ample glazing in this area to create a very light-filled space.

The next level up is accessible via another staircase. This is where the large terrace and spa are located. The latter features several baths and a shower, and has windows that let in lots of light and offer great views of Copenhagen’s Nordhavn harbor.

The private sleeping quarters are located at the top of the structure, and measure 538 sq ft (50 sq m). They can be used to accommodate up to two people. The interior walls are black and the small apartment features a lounge, a kitchenette, a dining table, a double bed, and a bathroom. This area also has its own private terrace. One of the main aims of the designers was to maximize the amount of natural light entering the retreat, and they achieved this by installing ample glazing throughout.

The spa, meeting room and private retreat on the top floor can all be rented out separately, but there is no word yet on how much this will cost. This information will most likely be released soon, though.

Recycled Shipping Container House

It’s been awhile since we reported on a cool new shipping container home, but this awesome piece of cargotecture easily makes up for that. It’s called Kin Kin Container House and it was built using a disused shipping container that was already on the property when owner Troy Walker purchased it. Most of the interior furnishings are also made from recycled materials, so it’s an all-around winner. The home is located in Kin Kin, Queensland, Australia.

The shipping container forms just half of the total living area of this home. Troy began the transformation by first cutting out one of the longer sides of the container and he used the pieces to build a bathroom. The rest of the components of the home are also salvaged or recycled and include 1970s era jalousie windows and hardwood poles, as well as a bathroom sink and a fire pit that he constructed using a stainless steel beer keg.

The home has no insulation. The interior walls are finished with plywood, with many of the steel elements left exposed. The home is also covered by a large roof which shields it from the sun and therefore keeps the interior cooler. Troy located the recycled building materials online and at local salvage yards, which he admits was a very time consuming and even costly process.

The home features elements of so-called passive design, with the overhangs letting in the sun in the winter but blocking it out in the summer. It measures 967 sq ft (90 sq m) and features a spacious open plan living, dining and kitchen area, as well as a loft bedroom that has plenty of head room and is big enough to fit a king sized bed. The loft is accessible via a ladder. The home also features a spacious bathroom with a tub, toilet and sink.

The home is fitted with a hybrid solar power system, while the place is kept airy and cool thanks to the bi-fold glass doors and louvres. There is also spacious outdoor deck.

Troy is renting out the cabin via AirBnb and a single night’s stay costs about $70.

Off-Grid Recycling Plant Built Out of a Shipping Container

While we have many options for recycling in developed areas of the world, such is not the case in remote, underdeveloped regions. Transporting plastic waste to a recycling plant from such areas is costly, but there is a new solution now. The so-called Trashpresso machine, created by the firm Miniwiz upcycles plastic waste into useful products, such as floor tiles, and it can do so off-the-grid.

The Miniwiz Trashpresso machine was built using a standard 40-foot shipping container, which means it can easily be transported to any area that is accessible by a truck. The structure is self-powered thanks to the solar power array on it’s exterior, so that it does not need to be connected to the grid or a generator in order to perform the upcycling processes it was designed to carry out.

Once the Trashpresso is deployed, the process of upcycling can start. Trash is first collected and then washed, shredded, melted, and finally molded, which all happens via an automated process. The water that is used for cleaning is filtered and reused in the process.

They first introduced the Trashpresso in Shanghai on Earth Day 2017, while it was also the subject on the National Geographic documentary series called “Jackie Chan Green Hero.” They are planning to deploy the first Trashpresso in July of this year, and it will be used to clean up the glacier region of NianBao Yuze on the Tibetan Plateau, which feeds into the Yellow, Yangtze and Mekong rivers. An increase of tourism in this area has led to a vast increase in litter, which is a problem the Trashpresso is perhaps most suited to solve. It will also be a great tool to teaching people living in isolated areas about the benefits of recycling, while also giving them a way to do so.

Shipping Container Home That is Easy to Move

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The trend of building shipping container homes seems to be slowing down, but that doesn’t mean it’s going away. There are many benefits of converting containers into homes, one of them being their mobility. And this creation by boat builder Evans really takes advantage of this, since he designed the home so that it is easy to move.

Evans used a 20-foot shipping container to build his home, but it is not one of the standard ones which can be obtained cheaply at most larger ports. This one has a reinforced roof, and doors along the side wall, and costs around $4000 to purchase. Since it already had a large opening on the side, he left it intact for the project and only concentrated on the interior.

His experience in building boats really shows in the clever interior design he employed. There is plenty of storage and plenty of space, and the rich woodwork that everything inside is made of makes it seem more like a luxury yacht than a shipping container house. The home features a lovely kitchen on one end, which has room enough for a standard sized fridge. It also features a high table that can be used as a counter, dining table or work area. The bed is suspended from the ceiling above the sofa, which pulls out to form a double bed. There is also bathroom with an RV style toilet that can either be connected to a sewer or a tank to empty it.

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The home has 12V DC lighting throughout which can run on or even off the grid. The batteries and tanks are cleverly hidden behind the fridge. And since he didn’t alter the shipping container to build this home, it can easily be closed up just as it was when still used for shipping goods, loaded onto a truck or ship, and transported to anywhere in the world.

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Evans, however, is planning to add more containers onto it, sealing them together along the existing openings in order to create a larger home, since he plans to settle down in the near future.

Clever Tiny Shipping Container Home

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It seems like shipping container architecture is getting a revival of sorts, despite all the drawbacks and criticisms of this form of architecture. These include the fact that containers are just too narrow, as well as too toxic to be suitable for people to live in. They also need a lot of reinforcing once you start cutting them up to create windows or join them together to make bigger homes. With the latter there is also the question of whether all the work required doesn’t actually eliminate most of the sustainability of this type of architecture. However, a lot of people still love the simplicity and minimalism of shipping container homes, and one such is certainly Shane Blind of New Zealand. He recently completed his shipping container home which is pictured above and which at first glance does not appear to be made out of a container at all.

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Shane used a single, 20-foot shipping container to create his modern home. he also added two pop-out units along the sides, which solved the problem of the container being too narrow. Shane uses this so-called “Pod-Tainer” as a guesthouse, so it’s not his full time home. But the architectural solutions he employed would make if highly suitable as such.

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He didn’t want to fit the home with foldable or stow-away elements, which led him to create the two pop-out units on the sides. The first 6 by 3 foot (1.8 by 1 m) pop out contains the living area, while the other one, which is right across it contains the bathroom. The latter is quite spacious and features a sink, toilet, and shower, which has enough headroom for a 6 ft man to shower in comfortably. The home also features a kitchenette, which is fitted with a portable stove, refrigerator and a microwave. This area also features a dining table, which could easily be used as a working space. The bedroom is housed in one end of the pod.

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This is certainly a great example of shipping container architecture at it’s finest, especially since it eliminated most of the drawbacks of using cargo containers as building blocks. It also only cost him $20,000 to build, though he did most of the work himself over a period of about two months.