Gatehouse Road is a low-cost housing scheme that is part of a series of regeneration plans for underused sites owned by the Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust . Currently the site is occupied by garages.
Fraser Brown MacKenna Architects (FBM Architects) has designed a 26.2-square-metre home that can fit inside each container. The one-bedroom studios will be rented out as social housing or student accommodation .
According to the architecture studio recycled shipping containers were chosen for the project to keep costs low and allow off-site prefabrication, while re-using existing structures would having an environmental benefit.
The containers will be arranged in a terrace formation, progressively stepped back from each other to create a private decked area at the front of each micro home. This arrangement also avoids a major sewer pipe running through the Gatehouse Road site.
Inside each brightly coloured container the micro homes are arranged in a linear fashion, with a living and kitchen area at the front, a separate bathroom, and a bedroom at the rear. Porches are placed at either end.
Insulation will be added to the walls, roofs and floors of the shipping containers, along with double-glazing at either end, to keep emissions and heating bills low.
Sedum roofs, a green roof system made from a blanket of pre-grown sedum plants, will top each container house. Grass and trees will be planted around the Gatehouse Road development, and secure bicycle parking and a communal unit with laundry facilities will be located on site.
Coloured tarmac and geometric paving around the development will mark the area’s transformation from an under-used, “anti-social” area to a “home-zone”, said the architecture studio.
FBM Architects was founded in 1991 by Simon Fraser, Angus Brown and Martin MacKenna. The practice previously used shipping containers for a pop-up cafe at Kingston University.
Their ready availability and inherently modular design makes shipping containers a popular choice for structures that need to be quick and cheap to assemble.
London is due to get the world’s tallest shipping container building – a nine-storey office block designed by Patalab Architecture – and Dixon Jones recently proposed an events space for Edinburgh made from a pile of bright red containers.
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