Shipping Containers: Edmonton’s Latest Rental Unit Craze

Posted by Gurpreet Ghatehora on Thursday, September 15th, 2016 at 10:42am.

A new rental building coming to Edmonton has decided on a rather unique building material for their project: shipping containers. The 18-unit building will be four storeys tall and be mostly made from the chosen material. The project comes from Honomobo, a home design company that has already sold 17 shipping container homes in Edmonton alone.

Shipping containers have become a craze for many people around the world. Their low cost and sound structure curiously makes them the ideal building material and many people around the world have started using them to make homes. For the Edmonton project’s designer, shipping containers simple make sense. “They’re readily available. They’re incredibly air and water tight and they’re structural and they’re just sitting around,” Daniel Engelman, the owner of Honomobo, told The Edmonton Journal, “So we looked at this and said, ‘How can we take this modern, beautiful structure and turn it into something really great?’”

The building is set to start construction soon on the vacant lot at 104 Avenue and 95 Street. The first floor will likely be commercial space and not made from shipping containers, but the designer is fully intending to stay true to their vision. The shipping container homes will be stacked and staggered above the commercial space, making for a unique looking building with very unique materials.

Residents also hope the project will help the community. “We’re hoping that we can attract the kind of tenants that will make use of the park spaces and the improvements in the area,” said Walter Trocenko, a real estate and housing branch manager for the City of Edmonton, “I think generally it’s going to be a sorely needed lift in the community broadly.”

The project is expected to be complete by next spring.

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