ISBUs to the RESCUE!

18 Aug

Thanks to  YASUTAKA YOSHIMURA ARCHITECTS, it’s happening in Japan:


The talent at YSMR had a purpose: They were driven to create something called the “EX-CONTAINER PROJECT“. It’s a project to build a house utilizing the ISBU shipping container format that we all love… to provide homes for thousands of families displaced by the earthquake and tsunami hit in Japan on 11th of March, 2011.

The goal of this project was to create  high speed housing that would be lower in cost to construct, all the while providing  higher quality than “the normal temporary” housing.

Here is America, we all remember the disaster that was…  “FEMA trailers”.

Talk about a great use of cast-off containers… Why didn’t we do that HERE? Hmmm?

Category: Newly built

Structure: Steel

Total floor area: Approx. 25sq.m (maisonette type)  Approx. 27sq.m (flat type)

Maximum height: 5,391mm(maisonette type)  2,791mm(flat type)

Structural engineer: Jun Sato Structural Engineer

General contractor: Nichinan Iron Construction


2 Responses to “ISBUs to the RESCUE!”

  1. Alina Klein August 18, 2011 at 8:36 am #

    That’s so wonderful! Thank goodness for people like you. And YSMR sounds like you. 🙂

    • Renaissance Ronin August 18, 2011 at 8:40 am #

      Nah… Those guys are actually SMART… 🙂

      It IS cool to see someone actually using ISBUs to resolve some terrible crises. It makes me feel that much better about the work we do.

      Written any good books lately? Josh reads your book – “Martimus at Midnight“, daily! In fact, Char and I know it by heart… 🙂

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