Students in containers


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H.J.E. Wenckebachweg 3010 NL-1096 DP Amsterdam
NL Netherlands


About the project Edit

How do you build and provide 1,000 homes in just a few months? Faced with a student housing shortage, the city of Amsterdam decided in 2005 to invest in an organization's innovative project. Tempohousing: recycling cargo containers for housing. Thus, the Keetwonen city university, which has 1,000 containers used on five floors, was born in just a few weeks. These functional houses are practical, ecological and aesthetic, and they have made it possible to provide a quick economic solution to address the housing problems. They are spacious (25 square meters), safe and well equipped (kitchen, bathroom and balcony), the recycled containers are rented at an affordable price (from 250 to 350 euros per month).

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

This project aims to reduce the number of housing problems in a dynamic, creative and recreational way. Whether it's for temporary or permanenddt housing, the containers have the advantage of being quickly put together, portable and reusable, the containers allow greater access to housing and in record time. Adjustable at will, they can be customized, and even moved when needed by the owners (take your home with you).

What is the social value of this project? Edit

The purchase, restoration and construction of student housing, often takes years and is rarely enough to house tens of thousands of students on a waiting list. The restoration of the containers in Amsterdam has made it possible to offer quick access to housing for many. By facilitating the acquisition of student housing, this makes it possible to access higher education. The project, which significantly improves the financial situation of the student (independent housing, inexpensive and at respectable size), has also helped upgrade the school by creating an environment conducive to work and provided a quality of life that is essential to their success.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

This type of project can be implemented in cities around the world: the Amsterdam example has already been followed by the city of Le Havre, which has built 100 facilities for students from recycled containers (as of September 2010).

However, the application uses of the recycled containers are numerous and are not only confined to student housing: it is easy to transport, suitable for all climates (resistant to heat, cold and hurricanes), it can be used in crisis situations (temporary accommodation for victims of natural disaster, war refugees, etc). However, it can also be used to house businesses, galleries, shops, and individuals at low cost (just like the example in London, in the "Container City" built on the docks).

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