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Category: Professional, Residential
Designer(s): Kangsoo Lee, Principal
Joohyung Kang, Principal
Manufacturing : Human Container Inc
The Nemo house was designed for a family looking for a new home in the Koreas typical rural area surrounded by farmlands and mountains. At the same time it aims to become an alternative solution for the economical houses in Korea where the typical flat living type dominates. Nemo house design combines three shipping containers. The properties of the container allow to be a living shelter with its structural strength and weather-tight envelope.
Container house design is a hot topic. Recycling empty containers for houses is one of the ways to create modern and inexpensive homes today worldwide. Still it was challenge to realize as a permanent residential. Although it has some obvious advantages of: strength, durability, availability, and cost, it was unprecedented and negative to people in Korea. Nemo house may be the first achievement for the decent living condition quality with freight containers in Korea. This is why the Nemo house was open and showed to the public at Kyounghyang Housing Fair 2013 before placing at site. it provided good opportunity of a smart choice for people looking for eco-consciousness. It proved the portability and flexibility through the process of assembling, disassembling, and reassembling in a short time of period.
Nemo means the rectangular geometry in Korean. As the name of the house indicates, it comprises stacking formation of three freight containers that frame 2-storey living space and yards.
The two 40 feet long high-cube containers, 1 foot higher ceiling height than general containers, sit on the foundation base facing each other with an 8 void gap in between. This formation enables both the living room & kitchen to have larger space of 22 width and second floor of the third container to cover on the gap.