TRS Studio creates low-cost housing prototype by recycling shipping containers

TRS aims to produce low-cost housing prototype for the housing issues in Peru and improve quality of life by providing comfortable housing. The conceptual prototype named ‘Ventanilla module’ is developed for Pachacutec city for a family with four members.

 The main issue in this settlement is the lack of budget that the families can allocate for building their houses. This leads to the rapid development of self-constructed and prefabricated housings by people using low-quality non-sustainable materials. The studio has developed a prefabricated house conceptual prototype with a modular system to address this problem.

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The modular house is composed of two parallel containers per unit, topped with a recycled translucent polycarbonate roof which has a high resistance to various climatic conditions and temperature variations. Cargo container modular dimensions make them a very versatile material in urban-rural contexts. Repurposed shipping containers were proposed for their ease of transport and ability to withstand harsh environments needing minimum maintenance. Using cargo containers to construct housing can reduce the housing cost by 30 – 40% compared with a house typically built in the region.

TRS Studio | Axonometric diagram.

1. Living Room
2. Counter
3. Kitchen
4. Master  Bedroom
5. Master Bathroom
6. Bathroom
7. Private Living Room
8. Study
9. Bedroom 01
10. Bedroom 02
11. Bathroom

TRS Studio | Floor plans.

The Interior of the prototype house is built using ‘Wood Oriented Strand Board’ (OSB) which are manufactured from wood shavings. They provide excellent acoustic and thermal insulation to the house as well as easy and fast installation. The modular house has two levels containing a living room, bedroom, bathrooms and a kitchen. Areas with private zone are enclosed with OSB walls, and the polycarbonate material provides privacy from the adjacent lots. The windows in the roof provide direct light and ventilation inside the house, and the layout incorporates an internal garden for the regulation of internal temperature.

Studio Explains, "The project is still in the experimental phase, and the construction of its prototype will provide a valuable learning curve to understand its replicability."

TRS aims to replicate its prototype in other parts of the country and hopes that Pachacutec city will become the centre for sustainable building and development.