New fabulously creative green homes are on the rise. The WFH House (World FLEX Home) is true to course being made from used shipping containers and other sustainable materials. This is one example of the new pre-fab shipping container homes designed by Arcgency, a Copenhagen-based design studio. This particular model is a single family home located in Wuxi, China. Arcgency’s mission statement is, “Resource Conscious Architecture that can be exported to any place in the world. It is more then architecture; It is a sustainable product.” Clearly this contemporary streamlined home is a prime example of making this mission into reality. Not only is the structure made from upcycled shipping containers, but it has a sustainable bamboo facade, a green roof, a solar array and a rainwater harvesting system that includes permeable paving. It is a step forward for sustainable design, but with a wonderfully modern scandinavian design.
This particular home is almost 2,000 square feet (exactly 180 square meters) and is quite an inspiring modern design that is also sustainable. It includes an open plan main living space with three bedrooms and an office area plus an open lofted space. The structure is formed from 3 reused shipping containers. One container is stacked on top of another to form the second floor, while the third is parallel with the ground level container. The containers are very well insulated and have a sustainable bamboo clad exterior which is interchangeable and available in different styles. There is a green roof that is optimized for a rain water collecting system. This water is then utilized for washing, cleaning and flushing the toilets. On the Southern exposure, the roof also holds integrated photovoltaic cells that allow the home to be self-sufficient in its power supply on an annual basis. The home actually surpasses the stringent energy requirements for new home construction in Denmark by 50%.