Containerwerk uses shipping containers for housing

The founders of Containerwerk discuss the benefits of building with recycled shipping containers in this movie Dezeen filmed for the German start-up company at Milan design week.

Founded two years ago in Stuttgart, Germany, Containerwerk adapts used shipping containers so they can be used by architects to create living and working spaces.

The company uses an industrial process, invented by Containerwerk co-founder Ivan Mallinowski, to line the steel boxes with a layer of foam insulation. The start-up claims its process is much faster and more efficient than traditional methods of insulating containers.

“Insulation is the big problem with building houses with containers,” Mallinowski says in the video.

“If you look at the physics of a container, it is made from steel and steel is a very good heat conductor. We build a special type of insulation. It’s a monolithic insulation, made by an industrial process and surrounds the whole container inside without any heat bridges.”

The greater efficiency of the foam insulation results in walls that are just 10-centimeters thick, which Mallinowski says is crucial for making the most of the space inside a container.

“We can build very thin walls so that the space in the container is as big as possible,” he says.

For Milan design week, the company created an installation on Via Tortona comprising two storeys of stacked shipping containers.

“We are in Milan to show what you can do with containers,” Containerwerk managing director Michael Haiser says.

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