Designed by Anand Bungalows, a design/build firm in Malaysia, this awesome shipping container home includes rainwater harvesting, natural ventilation, plus energy and water efficient design. This recycled container house is located in Bukit Tinggi, Pahang and consists of six, stacked containers, four of which are oriented north and south and two oriented east and west.
The four containers are stacked to create a two story volume with the doors oriented to the north to form partial enclosures for the balconies and windows. In between the container volumes, a double height atrium was constructed allowing for proper ventilation. Hot air rises and the windows on opposing sides encourage cross ventilation.
Built on a concrete pier foundation, the home has a light footprint on the surrounding land. The large shed roofs keep sun off the containers and minimize heat gain, while directing rainwater into a large cistern underneath the house. Grey water is recycled and used along with the rainwater in the gardens. Moreover, low flow water fixtures, energy efficient appliances and natural daylighting help reduce the footprint of the home even further.