Hey woim (that's from the Our Gang comedies). Would you please post
some of your favorite container architecture/building/blog links? The
more specific with construction details and outfitting the better.
Rico, if you do a Google Images for...
"shipping container" architecture
...you'll find a lot of stuff with links, and some details, depending
on what kind you're looking for-- certainly far more than what was
available in 2003/2004 when I first got interested.
BTW, what is your interest and would you like to somehow collaborate
on a design?
In any event, what I'll try to do is start with getting a container
model from Google 3D Warehouse into ACAD, and taking it from there. It
may be a little slow-going for 3 basic reasons, namely:
- I am running ACAD in Virtualbox
- 3D Warehouse models are often unsatisfactory, and often need to be
seriously edited, if not discarded.
- I have somewhat of a life outside of shipping container
If you insist, you can add 'learning Sketchup/Sketchy Physics' as the
fourth point. :)
I've looked a bit, but I haven't seen anything that's knocked my socks
off. It does give you some ideas though. If nothing else, a lot of
them gives a good idea of what _doesn't_ work.
Sure, why not?
I find that last one rather difficult to believe. :)~
I stopped using ACAD a while ago, and don't miss it a bit. It's a
kludgy, user-unfriendly POS, as far as I'm concerned. It's a holdover
from the IBM days and brown suits and shoes. It's just about the
worst thing I could imagine for brain-storming and sketching out some
ideas. SketchUp is far, far better for that stuff.
Video tutorials are probably the best way to get started. This guy
wrote the SU for Dummies book and it's a pretty quick way into it:
And the official YouTube channel:
When you start out it's important to understand that things glue
together automatically, even when they are hidden, so it's important
to make groups out of things right from the start to prevent any
Other than that, you'll be up and running in an hour. It's not ACAD,
so don't try to make it ACAD. Play to its strengths and you'll enjoy
Thanks, I'll look at them. I downloaded, installed and briefly ran SU
(interesting, and hey is that a person in there?), and download a
couple of dud shipping container models. I'll go back for another look
Thanks for the tips and encouragement. I'll keep you posted.
This might also interest you:
First Earth [videorecording (DVD)] : uncompromising ecological
architecture / a film by David Sheen.
Explores earthen buildings; how they could re-shape our world, homes
and lives to be healthier. In the age of massive economic collapse and
emergencies, maybe what we need is to get back to the earth.
Thanks, but I've already seen all the chapters. :)
I think I mentioned one of them on here some time ago. It's a good
documentary if recalled.
Incidentally, I found a DWG file shipping container that looks quite
good in ACAD at first glance, so I'll probably take a look at it this
Thanks for the other links, which I'll keep in mind in case this
container misses the mark.
This one seems nice and from the outside, looks less like a container,
unlike some other designs, which I appreciate:
Also, although I didn't have time to investigate it, it looks half-
Interesting. Amagansett is about an hour and forty minutes from
here. Really nice area. It's known primarily for having water on
both sides - the Atlantic and the bay, but having a full basement
means that container studio must be on higher ground.
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