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The Manifesto House is a modular and eco-efficient shipping container structure designed by James & Mau Arquitetura, as a concept project for their construction company, Infiniski. Located in Curacaví, Chile, the dwelling represents the potentials of bioclimatic integration, recycled and reused materials, nonpolluting fabrication techniques, and integration of renewable energy. The scheme utilizes adaptable elements to passively mediate environmental conditions. Primarily, a system of palette shutters opens and closes to expose or shade the metal volumes.



Built cheaply ($118,000), quickly (in fewer than 90 days) and primarily with recycled objects (two 40-foot shipping containers and two 20-foot shipping containers and wooden pallets), the two-story Manifesto House proves that quick, inexpensive and green contemporary casas can indeed be good-looking. In addition to being constructed from 85 percent recycled, reused and nonpolluting materials, the bioclimatic and modular design of Manifesto House incorporates alternative energy systems. We think it looks like the perfect spot to kick back, relax and have a couple of cervezas all the while keeping our eco-footprints at a bare minimum.






Infiniski is a construction company that specialize in building eco-friendly houses and buildings based on the use of recycled, reused and nonpolluting materials. The project utilizes prefabricated and modular components allowing for more efficient construction. This allows for potential future modifications or extensions, evolving with the needs of the client.






The shipping container house relies on a bioclimatic architecture adapting the form and positioning of the house to its energetic needs. The project is based on a prefabricated and modular design allowing a cheaper and faster constructive method. This modular system also allows thinking the coherence of the house with possible future modifications or enlargements in order to adapt easily to the evolving needs of the client.





The house, of 160m2 is divided in two levels and uses 3 recycled maritime containers as structure. A container cut in two parts on the first level is used as the support structure for the containers on the second level. This structure in the form a bridge creates an extra space in between the container structure, isolated with thermo glass panels. As a consequence with only 90m2 worth of container, the project generates a total 160m2, maximizing and reducing significantly the use of extra building materials. This structure in the form of a bridge, responds to the bioclimatic needs of the house- Form follows Energy – and offers an effective natural ventilation system. It also helps to take full advantage of the house´s natural surroundings, natural light and landscape views.



Like if it had a second skin, the house “dresses and undresses” itself, thanks to ventilated external solar covers on walls and roof, depending on its need for natural solar heating. The house uses two types of covers or “skin”: wooden panels coming from sustainable forests on one side and recycled mobile pallets on the other. The pallets can open themselves in winter to allow the sun to heat the metal surface of the container walls and close themselves in summer to protect the house from the heat. This skin also serves as an exterior esthetic finishing helping the house to better integrate in its environment.




























Both exterior and interior use up to 85% of recycled, reused and eco-friendly materials: recycled cellulose and cork for insulation, recycled aluminum, iron and wood, noble wood coming from sustainable forests, ecological painting, eco-label ceramics. Thanks to its bioclimatic design and to the installation of alternative energy systems the house achieves 70% autonomy.


So what do you think? Would you live here? 🙂



Information Source:  Mother Nature Network, DesignBoom, Contemporist

Photo Source: ArchDaily, DesignBoom



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