Inside the ultra-modern R6-million Cape Town shipping container home

Bryn

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  • Pitch black
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CommonSense

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Now I know why Nkandla was so expensive. Should have used containers instead of mud there.

Now I think the Nkandla people really did a terrific job considering the basic equipment they had to work with, instead of this new-fangled highly modern container stuff.
 

elysian

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They should use some of that profit and get a pro to make their website.
 

Johnatan56

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That is not that cheap, looks terrible, and I wonder how the house will handle rust considering it's right at the sea. Yes, it's weathered steel, but most containers at sea are ~10 years, in storage it's around 25 years.
My second question is how the house handles insulation, it's going to get very hot in there.
 

nightjar

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Shows that no project is impossible if you chuck enough money at it.
 

Fulcrum29

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In my view, it is not that bad, but not good-looking. Also, the container idea here is more cosmetic than anything else. I doubt that the buyer went out to buy a 'container' home, it was a design choice in my opinion.

“Using containers for construction enabled us to work with the steep site to create stepped terraced indoor and outdoor areas,” she said.

From the photos, land was still moved. The columns still required structural engineering, as did the casts.

But yeah, I like the idea, not the home.
 

Grant

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I rather like it.
The black will allow the house to blend into its natural surroundings once the vegetation around the house starts growing again.
At night it would look rather good, with just the lighting visible - far better than snow white houses sticking out like sore thumbs from the surrounding environment.
 

krycor

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That is not that cheap, looks terrible, and I wonder how the house will handle rust considering it's right at the sea. Yes, it's weathered steel, but most containers at sea are ~10 years, in storage it's around 25 years.
My second question is how the house handles insulation, it's going to get very hot in there.

Containers are not the cheap and effective solution to buildings..insulation and structural support issues mean you have to solve that with other materials.

From what I’ve read, it’s cool for facades but even there.. you get the same effect with cheaper materials as cladding.
 
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