The climbing instructor Kameshwar Rao from Bangalore , has designed and constructed in India the first container house, using 4 shipping containers from the port of Chennai he has built this house of 100M2 (1.076 ft2). The containers are placed like an ” L” to allow the natural ventilation. An extra space has been installed in the house opening the doors of the containers to add a bathroom.
In addition it has also been added a wall made with recycled beer bottles, and an old wagon wheel to improve the illumination of the room interior.
Rao had previously created his office with shipping containers , and he also joined vertically 4 containers to create this climbing wall at Singapore. When he was working in Germany in 2006 he was also living in a container home, this allowed him to discover the potential of the container homes.
Rae ‘s friends didn’t trust so much in the performance of this kind of housing, as the temperatures are so extreme in India, by contrast Rae explains us that this type of housing has a temperature behavior similar to the houses made of concrete.
The house was built in only 4 months due to the uniqueness of the design and the use of containers, also it’s designed to resist the earthquakes. It’s completely waterproof and it was built for less than half of the money than a home in the same location normally cost, about 12,000 € (15.000$).
Probably for the most traditional people is a little bit difficult to accept such kind of housing, however Rae has introduced this kind of architecture in India, and soon we will see more people taking advantage of the benefits of the container homes.