arcgency: WFH shipping container house, wuxi, china
‘WFH house’ by arcgency, wuxi, china images courtesy of arcgency
copenhagen-based arcgency takes to task the enormous percentage of the world’s resources used in the making of architecture. in keeping with a self-imposed policy of ‘resource conscious architecture’ the ‘WFH house’ is an exportable dwelling made up of three stacked shipping containers. the carbon-neutral prefabricated house was underwritten by worldFLEX home, a danish consortium which touts a plethora of modular zero-energy residences. in keeping with changing european energy policy, the architecture is designed to produce more energy than it consumes through the use of upcycled shipping containers as a steel frame, a sustainable bamboo facade, a rainwater collection system, solar cell-clad green roof and permeable paving. skylights and optimal orientation also work with the flexible structure to adapt to sites worldwide, including earthquake-prone areas. the modular units allow for a variety of typologies, from the individual villas like the WFH house to multi-storey townhouses. for the first time, the sustainable concept of prefabrication meets a housing system that exceeds the demands of ‘active house’, the international environmental building standard. helped by a short construction period, the dismountable home can follow the client in true cradle-to-cradle fashion. programmatically, the project is organized around a mixed-use, double-height space containing the kitchen, living and dining room. the generously lit area is punctured by glazed doors, inviting the greenery into the minimalist geometry of the building. while infinitely configurable, the basic form of the structure consists of two rows of 40 foot high standard modules, subdivided into bedrooms and a landing on the mezzanine floor. the result is a home of startling self-containment and a testament to the potential of architecture to seamlessly weave into its immediate and global context.
a view of the completed house on site in china
dubbed the ‘FLEX space’ the double height ground level allows access to multiple parts of the program
(left): glazing allows outdoor views between the kitchen and dining areas(right): a view of the kitchen island, fitted with a wired module for appliances
(left): view of the open dining space from the kitchen (right): the kitchen allows for casual dining
the landing retreats from the living area and can be used as an additional space for play and relaxation
(left): skylights allow ample interior lighting(right): the bedroom are 15 square meters– half the area of a shipping container
interior views from the children’s room
pre-planned apertures are cut into the shipping containers before they are laid out on site
average ISO containers are the primary steel framing for the structure
stacked modules are fitted with insulation
the modules can be arranged to fit a client’s needs, this case a simple lofted level
light-wood framing techniques help the steel transcend its prescribed dimensions
rendering of a sample houseimage courtesy of worldFLEXhome
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plan mezzanine level
‘WFH house’ by arcgency, wuxi, china
typology diagram- villa to multi-storey townhouses
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