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Bayside Marina Hotel, Yokohama, Japan

Saturday 02 Apr 2011

Container-dimension cottages

(c)Yasutaka Yoshimura 
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ISO Container is a format for transporting Architecture 

The seaside cottage hotel project, Container-dimension Cottages Bayside Marina Hotel, is a project using standard 40 ft shipping containers (approximately 2.4 m x 12 m) as a series of modular units. Each container is designed to be your own personalised flat, or you can opt for two stacked units providing a more maisonette feel. There are thirty-one rooms in total.

By using not only the standard container dimensions, but also the same locking hardware, the containers were transported directly by a container ship. Whilst the site in Japan was being prepared, the units were assembled in Thailand. After arriving, the blocks were simply bolted into place and connected to utilities, allowing for quick and economical on-site completion.

In order to avoid having all the hotels windows facing the same way, onto a public park, Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects separated the units and aligned each one differently. By separating the blocks, they had the necessary space to create thicker walls and a high level of sound insulation for each flat.

The use of non-welded joints in construction allows for the possibility to re-use the units in the future. The result is a natural balance between the arrangement of the blocks and the ocean view of yachts moored in the adjacent marina.

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