Phooey Fun House

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Now, even more recycled fun can be had in Melbourne-based Phooey Architects’ shipping container playground, which revamps four shipping containers and other reclaimed materials into an attractive yet functional activity centre, designed to provide kids living in South Melbourne’s public housing with safe spaces to create art, dance and play.

Called the Skinners Playground, it is a low-cost, zero-waste project, using an array of recycled materials that range from the windows to the fasteners. Nothing is lost nor tossed: the playground’s structural and decorative components (such as stair railings, balconies and overhangs) derive from carefully sliced pieces of the original containers. All the interior spaces have openings, either offering views to the outside or to a well-placed sandpit. There’s even a bed of weeds that catches rainwater. It seems like a project with its heart in the right place – a kid-centric space and structure that can allow the community’s children to take an active part in building upon their imaginations.

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Habode

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Habode buildings challenge everything we know about functionality and building techniques. They embrace innovation in design and construction, by using a blueprint that consistently produces exacting, high quality buildings without sacrificing aesthetics and style.

Much like modern manufacturing techniques used in the automotive industry, the Habode Prefab is constructed in a customised factory.

The principal advantage of prefabricated housing is that it potentially offers more for less:

  • More quality for less time at site
  • More tangible out comes and less risk
  • More energy efficiency for less resource

Once completed in our factory and utilising the patented Habode “fold-out” system, your Habode can be shipped and transported worldwide as in their shipping mode they are compliant with international shipping standards with respect to dimension and structural characteristics.

Once landed and trucked to your site this unit is positioned onto its foundations. This operation can be performed in eight hours provided weather is favourable. (Full completion within two days.)

All this ensures dramatic reductions in home building costs and waiting times without diminishing the quality of construction.

Technical benefits of prefab buildings =

  • Quality Controls
  • Factory Manufacture
  • Testing
  • Joint Minimisation
  • Tighter Tolerances
  • Eliminate Defects

Social benefits of prefab buildings =

  • Indoor Protection
  • Material and Tool Security
  • Worker Health and Safety
  • Machinery and Training Investment
  • Tighter Tolerances
  • Employment Stability

Economic benefits of prefab buildings =

  • Time Savings (30-60%)
  • Cost Savings
  • Reduced Dependance on Weather
  • Coordinated Trades In-House
  • Bulk ordering
  • Reduced Transport to site

Sustainability benefits of prefab buildings =

  • Reduced Material Waste
  • Increased Energy Efficiency
  • Less Disruption at Site

Why is Habode so different?

The ridged steel sub-frame not only ensures unsurpassed strength and exact dimensions but a structure that can withstand almost everything that man and nature can throw at it.

Habode was designed in New Zealand to suit the unique Australasian conditions. From extreme heat, torrential downpours and extreme winds, Habode buildings meet or surpass all New Zealand building codes.

The other benefit of Habode is the ability to reach difficult or remote sites. Habode really can make your home anywhere.

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R4House

The R4House prototype consists of two bioclimatic homes made from materials that close the loop. The energy consumption of both is zero due to its bioclimatic design, the solar panels and the geothermal energy source. The waste production during construction is also zero. Both homes are modular and built from six recycled shipping containers; low-cost and allowing flexibility. The 4 Rs stand for Reuse, Recover, Recycleand Reasoning with the latter being the most important says Garrido. “With the construction sector being very inert and sustainable architecture looking to establish itself, reasoning is required to redesign the construction process and lower its negative impact on the environment.” The construction materials as well as interior ones have been carefully chosen and are all recycled as well as recyclable.

The R4House is however not only ecological but also economical in terms of pricing. With the R4House, Garrido hopes to set an example for sustainable architecture in Spain and beyond.

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