Recently, a friend put me onto a feature in the National Geographic about Shipping Container homes, particularly a university dormitory in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
I love the versatility, modularity and recycling embodied in the design and I started thinking about the possible applications of such structures in India. Could they be used there to create more affordable housing options?
Whether in densely populated cities, such as Mumbai and Delhi, where space is at an absolutely premium, or in rural villages, where the shipping container could provide more durability than current, more temporary, structures?
With a bit more research, I came across a house in Bangalore that is built from shipping containers by Container Solutions India, and it is apparently the first one of its kind in India!
What do you think is the potential of this type of modular development in India?
Are there some innovative uses for it? Perhaps fold out retail stores in villages and residential extensions?