Adapted from The Vancouver Sun
This apartment is made from old shipping containers.
The containers are stacked and finished inside.
They are painted bright colours.
Each apartment has a kitchen, a bathroom and a sleeping area.
The space is about 280 square feet.
The 3-storey building has 12 apartments. It is located at
502 Alexander Street in Vancouver. The apartments rent for
$375 to $850 per month.
Only women can rent the apartments. Women over 50 years old
will help the younger women living in the building.
“We are looking for women with roots in this community
who want to give back and support young women.” said Janice Abbott.
Janice is the chief executive of Atira Women’s Resource Society.
Atira Women’s Resource Society owns the building.
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and the City of Vancouver
gave money to help build it. BC Hydro and some private citizens also contributed.
The first women move in during September.
Atira is planning to build another building using shipping containers.
The next one will be seven storeys high and have 42 apartments.
What is a shipping container?
Shipping containers hold goods shipped by train, truck and ship.
Why build with shipping containers?
The containers are used for shipping for about 5 years.
Then they aren’t needed anymore. Often they are abandoned in shipyards.
This makes them cheap and available.
The Atira apartments cost about $82,500 each.
A similar normal apartment costs about $220,000 to build.
Designers like the characteristics of shipping containers. They are:
- durable – long lasting
- adaptable – can be changed easily
- light weight – not heavy
- low cost – cheap, inexpensive
Shipping containers can be made into lots of different things.
- storage units