Eight shipping containers will be converted into green-roofed homes to provide low-cost housing in Aylesbury, England.
The Gatehouse Road project is the latest effort by the Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust to provide “quality affordable homes” to people in need. It will replace 39 garages, most of which are currently not in use.
London-based Fraser Brown MacKenna Architects (FBM Architects) recently secured planning permission to build eight eco-friendly social housing units from recycled secondhand shipping containers in Aylesbury, a Buckinghamshire town located an hour northwest of London.
Each container home will offer 280 square feet of living space laid out in a linear plan with a bedroom, storage space, a bathroom, a kitchenette with countertop dining space, and living space that includes front and rear decks. An eighth unit will be used for shared laundry facilities and secure bicycle parking.
For improved energy efficiency and reduced heating bills, the upcycled containers will feature high-performance insulation inserted into the walls, ceiling, and floor, along with double-paned glazing and a green roof.
The eco-friendly homes will typically be occupied by younger residents who may be moving from a family home or a single room in a shared house.
FBM Architects said: “The scheme provides much-needed single-person accommodations for social rent using converted shipping containers to create contemporary, environmentally-friendly homes in a desirable area near to local amenities and within walking distance of the town centre.
“Landscaping includes grassed areas, semi-mature trees, and sedum roofs—these combine to provide sustainable urban drainage and to enhance local ecology.”
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