MODULAR DWELLING UNIT SHIPPING CONTAINER HOME

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MODULAR DWELLING UNIT shipping container home

It wouldn’t be a stretch to call LOT-EK one of the original pioneers of shipping container prefab. Their Modular Dwelling Unit, a simple yet brilliant design, has now been on the scene since 2002, and serves as a great prefab archetype for an array of other module-based designs were now seeing gaining huge popularity and attention. The idea is simple: transform a single shipping container into a single dwelling unit that is complete in its flexibility, mobility, and scalability. Designed for the modern-day nomad, the MDU can easily be transported from one spot to the next, fully-loaded with all the live/work amenities you could ask for..

 

MODULAR DWELLING UNIT shipping container home

 

MODULAR DWELLING UNIT shipping container home

 

Structurally, the MDU is a fully-functional, sturdy, and thoughtfully-constructed unit that combines both engineering prowess with design sensibility. The built-in furniture based system facilitates domestic functions from cooking and eating to more private spaces, storage, and leisure. As far as the interior goes, the space is divided into three sub-volume spaces to accommodate social, entertainment, and private functions. The potentially rigid space is actually quite hospitable, combining a long horizontal window in each of the sub-volumes with natural and brightly-colored plywood interior surfaces and fluorescent lighting. These simple construction method naturally lend themselves to multiple options and endless possibilities for customization.

 

MODULAR DWELLING UNIT shipping container home

 

Another inherent feature of such a modular construction approach is its multiplicity and potential to be stored and/or combined with other modules to create a larger-scale dwelling. Multiple MDU’s can be stored tiered steel racks that integrate elevators, stairs, power, data, water, and sewage systems to create a sort of plug-in-house infrastructure for the individual modules. We love LOT-EK’s description of the multiple MDU system:

“The vertical harbor is in constant transformation as MDUs are loaded and unloaded from the permanent rack. Like pixels in a digital image, temporary patterns are generated by the presence or absence of MDUs in different locations along the rack, reflecting the ever-changing composition of these colonies scattered around the globe.”

 

MODULAR DWELLING UNIT shipping container home

MODULAR DWELLING UNIT shipping container home

 

LOT-EK’s MDU is a great example of a singular prefab unit with far-reaching implications for larger-scale housing solutions. Combine that with colorful aesthetics, clean lines, and the reuse of industrial materials, and we’re sold.

 

MODULAR DWELLING UNIT shipping container home

 

MODULAR DWELLING UNIT shipping container home

 

However the Lot-ek office – led by the fabulously dynamic architecture duo of Ada Tolla and Guiseppe Lignano – does a lot more than just recycling old shipping containers and airplane fuselages. Lot-ek’s MO is to blur the boundaries between art, architecture, entertainment & information – rethinking the ways in which humans interact with industrial/technological culture.

 

MODULAR DWELLING UNIT shipping container home

 

Now at 500 sq.ft. this mobile house is impressive! While it is not clearly stated if the house is for sale or anything is living in one, I am sure you can go onto Lot-EK’s site and request further information. So what do you think? Would you live here? 🙂

 

Information Source: Inhabitat

Photo Source: LOT-EK

 

 

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