Shipping Container Architecture Book Series – Book 51| By admin | Category: Free Tutorial, Profiled ISBU Project
Following the incredible popularity of our digital book series – The Most Influential Shipping Container Homes Ever Built – we have decided to release a number of expanded titles for 2015 showcasing in greater detail some of the best in Container based Construction from around the World.
Book 51 – Extreme Climate inc Wind loads up to 300 km/h, temperatures -40°C.
Today we decide to feature what is to date the World’s most expensive Shipping Container Construction Project.
The Bharati Research Station was constructed from 134 Type 1A 20′ Containers near Larsemann Hills Antarctica at a cost of nearly $11 Million USD.
Its easy to dismiss the Project as a novelty but we have included here for readers to focus the discussion on the principal of using Containers to solve Construction Challenges rather than the ever present discussion about hyper low cost Construction.
Cost savings are certainly possible on simple Container Home Projects but the biggest wins for this Construction Method are realized when we use the unique attributes of Containers to solve problems.
The challenges in this Project included extreme climate conditions with wind loads up to 300 km/h, temperatures up to -40°C, snow drifts and extensive solar radiation.
The creative design of the station was carried out by BOF Architekten in Germany.
Their basic concept consisted of a structural core, made of stacked, technically modified containers, surrounded by a steel substructure with a superimposed panel façade acting as a structural shell. The result was a double shell design with an intermediate space between the outer panel shell and the container walls. This is not only used as a temperature-regulating air cushion but also as a space for utility connections, as access for maintenance work and as an emergency exit.
This booklet – Number 51
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