World In A Shell Is A Mobile Shipping Container Art Project


Images credit Hans Kalliwoda

Shipping containers don't make very good houses, but they are very good at carrying things all over the world. Artist Hans Kalliwoda solves this problem by filling his container with everything one needs to survive, including a big deployable shell that creates an additional thousand square feet of space.

Hans started with an unusual container developed for the German postal system; the doors were on the sides instead of the ends, so that they could be accessible while still on a train, where the traditional end-mounted doors are blocked.

He then built up the floor and filled it with gizmos:

The World in a Shell the worlds most powerful and mobile mini-grid system for its size. The hybrid energy generation of solar and wind energy is crucial to charge the 72 kw/h capacity of the two independent 24 volt energy banks. There are 16 outlets in and outside the container. Appliances consume AC or DC current and one single cable is used to connect them to each other.

Most of the other systems are packed into modular containers that can be set up as needed.

There may be as many as 90 modules, each serving one or more specific functions; e.g. kitchen facilities, toiletry, water recycling, temperature regulation, multimedia, etc. The standardized design of these units makes storage, transportation and reorganization of the modules simple and safe. This system is somewhat analogical to the 'LEGO' system combined with 'FireWire' technologies.

The unit can then be set up anywhere, "from the arctic to the desert." Hans explains his purpose:

The polliniferous project started out as an artist intervention in a University for Technology. The concept is simple to build a unit for cross-pollination. Practically it deals with contemporary issues like environmental pollution and migration. My interests are in creating temporary autonomous space solutions to use as a playground for interacting with people. It functions as an art laboratory to stretch the limits of communication and mobility. The red thread in placing this art laboratory in various climate zones creates the possibility to follow my strive to explore foreign cultures, find out about their passions and fears and let us share this experience with the online community.

Certainly he looks comfortable. According to Bjorn at Pop-up City, the World in a Shell will be travelling to eleven Unesco World Heritage Sites from Greenland to Queensland.

More at The World in a Shell, found on The Pop-Up City

More shipping container architecture

Naked House Combines Flatpack, Containers and CLT Panels
The Shipping Container Scene in 2010
Actors Demonstrate How To Save Energy... In a Glass-Walled Shipping Container
ContainR Theatre Shows Sports Films During Olympics

Follow me on Twitter! @lloydalter and friend me on Facebook

Tags: Designers | Less Is More | Netherlands

Best of TreeHugger