Shipping Container Architecture

Smartspace Berkeley

The city of Berkeley California has a growing and urgent need for homeless, transitional, and supportive housing, currently nearly 80% underserved.  This pilot project was designed for a private developer for micro-unit student housing, but is being adapted to use on city-owned vacant parcels.  Each shipping container is designed as a completely finished, free-standing unit, which can be built 100% off-site, and craned into place.  After sitework, foundations and infrastructure are completed, the boxes are brought in for placement, utilities are hooked up and auxiliary construction is finalized.  The total site construction time will be about 8 weeks.  Compared to a traditional stick frame or other construction method, this represents a 80% time savings overall.

Each unit will be a compact, but fully functioning home, with small kitchen, ADA compliant bath, a Murphy style drop-down full size bed, and all the comforts of home.  Level of finish can be altered based on specific need, and expense.