Libro Luis De Garrido. Green Container Architecture

“Green Container Architecture”

The book aims to demonstrate a methodology to achieve a green and cheap architecture using containers.

The containers have been designed to store and transport goods over long distances, and in a tight, economical and safe way. However, it also happens, the curious coincidence that the spaces that have been designed for storing and transporting goods, have a proper human scale. That is, they are also valid for designing living spaces.

However containershave not been designedto belived in.

Therefore, the first thing to be done when using containers in architecture is to ensure the minimum conditions of habitability inside. Something that is not taken into account by almost all the existing proposals and buildings. On the other hand, buildings by no means are “green” simply because they have been designed using containers. What’s more, most buildings made by containers offer poorer quality of life, and consume more energy than conventional buildings.

Therefore, Luis De Garrido analyzes all actions to be carried out in order to make habitable the buildings made ​​by containers, and also achieve real sustainable architecture using them.

These actions include:

  1. Ensure a properand effectivebioclimatic design
  2. Improvethethermal andacoustic behavior
  3. Provideinsulation onthe outside of thearchitecturalenvelope
  4. Harness the enormousthermal inertia of thecontainer
  5. Ensurebreathability andnaturalventilation
  6. Ensurewaterproofing, andprevent condensation
  7. Provide healthy, ecological and easily replaceable interior finishes
  8. Ensureelectromagnetic balanceand eliminatethe effect of “Faraday cage”
  9. Ensure the recovery, repair and reuse of components
  10. Optimize -as much as possible- resourcesand materials
  11. Decrease emissions as much as possible
  12. Reduce waste as much as possible
  13. Decreaseenergy consumption as much as possible

To illustrate these concepts, four advanced container projects designed by Luis De Garrido are analyzed in depth (R4House, Gaia-7, Anonymous-II and Happy City), including a lot of photographs of the construction process, and a lot of construction details.