Mobile Dwelling Unit

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This is called a Mobile Dwelling Unit 00001. What a unique way to recycle used shipping containers. This unit is a 40ft shipping container that has been modified into a relocatable dwelling. Each of the slide-out elements is equipped as the familiar spaces we are used to : the kitchen; a bathroom with a sink, shower and toilet, a sleeping compartment, a living room unit, a reading nook and a closet. A shipping container home designed to travel sleek and narrow – yet be capable of expanding outwards when stationary – to more normal livability standards. You are sure to be the talk of the town in this unique home.

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Future Shack

Seeing one of the roles of first-world, democratic countries as humanitarian, Sean Godsell designed emergency and relief housing that utilize recycled shipping containers. Mass-produced, inexpensive, and easy to ship and stockpile, the containers are approximately 8 feet wide by 8 feet high by 20 feet long, and adequate size for temporary housing. The Future Shack, through its use of a prefabricated, universal unit and a roof capable of site-specific material manipulation, embodies the contradictions of contemporary life.

At the entrance to the container (image previous page) a ramp lowers to allow access to the raised floor as the wall raises to provide shade and create a makeshift verandah. This subtle maneuver is one of the few changes to the module – which also includes adding small openings for the roof structure and ventilation – and, along with the roof canopy, helps to create a sense of home. It is with the roof and verandah, among other design features, that the Future Shack does not merely provide necessities in response to emergency; it also symbolizes the idea of home, an idea needed to reach beyond the repetitive and modular character of the shipping container.

Inside the shack is lined with plywood and features built-in furniture – a table and bed that fold down from the wall – and a separating wall that contains plumbing fixtures for the kitchen and the bathroom beyond. By allowing the furniture to be either “open” or “closed” the single room container can be relatively spacious but also intimate, depending on the articulation of elements at any give time.

Given the Future Shack’s simple, yet ambitious, goal – to provide temporary emergency and relief housing – the means and the end are both admirable, recognizing the contradictions inherent in contemporary life. Whereas the means utilizes technology and the exchange of goods among world countries, the end becomes ultimately site-specific as the occupant is able to manipulate the roof canopy and certain interior elements. The global vs. local and macro vs. micro readings allow the Future Shack to be both a reliable solution and something to be called home, albeit for a short period of time.

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Ecopods

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What makes the ecopod unique?

  • It’s substantially crafted from recycled materials so that you can enjoy the natural environment ‘responsibly’ without contributing to the construction industry’s ongoing wastage of our natural resources.
  • It has a small ecological footprint making it a discreet addition to well-established natural habitats.
  • It’s compact, energy efficient and entirely ‘off-grid’ saving on the cost of both bringing utilities to the site as well as protecting you from the rising cost of oil and electricity prices.
  • It’s a building which adapts with your own individual needs – you can transport it from site to site, add more units as your family or budget expands or re-orientate the units to suite the topography and best views your site has to offer.
  • It’s an affordable option that allows you to enjoy your recreational space now rather than saving for years to meet the rising cost of building that second home.
  • It’s factory-fabricated to unbeatable standards avoiding the hassle, expense and wait for reputable local contractors and craftsmen.
  • It’s secure like no other home allowing it to be left in remote locations for months at a time, with no worries of pests, vandalism or break-ins.

The single ecopod as designed provides excellent short-term accommodation that has great benefits as a product showroom or as an accessory building in conjunction with existing buildings. Operating with an 80 watt solar panel and minimal electrical needs there is no need to run power lines or trench power cables to the unit, it’s ready to use minutes after setup.  The secure nature of the ecopod when in the closed position provides protection against vandals and works excellent in areas where extreme weather conditions exist. The ecopods are quick to set up and easily transported with all unit modifications re-surveyed to international transportation standards.

Ecopods is committed to developing an eco-friendly building for recreational or commercial use. To that end, we are constantly including to the new building process materials that offer the best in environmental responsibility and overall building quality. We believe ecopods incorporates the best use of recycled and new environmentally friendly materials available today that are ideal for off grid building applications.

Low environmental footprint, minimal operating cost and high quality at an affordable price is their objective.

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All Terrain Cabin

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Take an easy-to handle 20′ ISO container frame. Outfit it with folding walls and the best in Canadian design. “The result is as smart as it is efficient, suitable for a family of four and a pet to live off the grid in comfort and contemporary style. It travels by train, truck, ship, airplane or helicopter, folded up and indistinguishable from any ordinary shipping container. Once it arrives, it unfolds rapidly to 480sf of self-contained, sophisticated living space with all the comforts of home.” It is an exhibition piece rather than a real living space,-” Its main purpose is to raise awareness internationally of Canadian capabilities, not just for Canada’s sake, but for the sake of those who want to learn from us about how to live softly, smartly, and stylishly on this shared planet.” Nicely done.

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Port-a-Bach

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– portable
– secure
– high-level finish
– designed to be environmentally clean
– comparatively inexpensive
– comfortably sleeps two adults and two children

T H A T  A L L O W S :

– transportation
– immediate, flexible and long-term solution that enables you to use your land without investing in a permanent property commitment
– for future development, ideal for leased land situations
– to be power, water and sewer independent, it is well suited to remote or non-service supplied land
– also be connected to available services
– quick and easy transportation (via truck or helicopter) and installation to any orientation with minimal impact on site
– unfolding to create a living space and refolding to create a secure unit for in storage or relocation

F E A T U R E S

– fully enclosed exterior steel shell (when folded up)
– appointed with large internal storage cupboards and shelves / stainless steel kitchen and fittings / bathroom with open shower, sink, composting toilet
– interior fabric screen system gives the versatility of creating rooms within the large open living space
includes: bunk beds, double bed room, dressing room, kitchen and bathroom
– exterior canvas screen system allows to shelter the deck area for comfortable indoor/outdoor flow and living
– 6 concrete footings form a stable, non-invasive ‘foundation’, allowing you to situate the unit on a wide
range of ground conditions

If you’re not familiar with the word Bach (pronounced Batch), it’s colloquial Kiwi terminology originally derived from “Batchelor Pad” and relates to the small modest structures used as beach houses and holiday homes scattered across New Zealand’s picturesque landscape.

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