23 July 2012
In Johannesburg , South Africa, talks are under way for a shipping container project that will take just four months to build and will produce. The idea comes from finding a way to produce energy efficient and quick-to-build project for the lower income bracket. The building itself will be a three-story building of 21 shipping containers. These 21 containers will be able to produce and house 15 residential flats. The assembly is like any other and features windows, doors, mechanical vents, plumbing vents, etc.
Developer Arthur Blake said: “We are very excited to be part of the team that introduced this innovative building method in South Africa. Our target market is people looking for decent homes but who can’t afford to buy, and need a decent place to live in.” he added, “Although the building is made from containers, little of them will show when work is complete. We are basically using the shells but there will be brickwork in-between.” This project will be the first ever of its kind in South Africa. These building projects have been popping up all over the world as a sort of solution for affordable housing. Shipping containers themselves are very sustainable for living in, not to mention that they’re extremely durable in all-weather conditions.
“It has been established that there are also fewer cracks and movement from this kind of development. It’s a stable structure. Our mission is to improve the area and that’s why we had confidence to invest in the area,” Blake said. Arthur Blake is an MD at CITIQ Property Development and also plans to create student housing as well.
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