Housing is a major problem in Africa, in particular, Nigeria.
Housing is an essential requirement for a decent living but due to the prohibitive cost of Land and building in Nigeria, extremely poor government regulation and lack of Mortgage facilities, housing is considered a luxury, both to own or rent.
The impact is enormous, people remain with parents much longer which leaves a psychological problem of a feeling of underachievement or people live in a cramp and overcrowded conditions.
Nigeria is not a stranger to prefabricated buildings, many housing estates like the Dolphin Estate were built this way, but these possibilities have not been explored further and expand to make such technology a viable way of addressing housing problems.
Another fast developing alternative to high building cost is the use or conversion of shipping containers into varieties of living spaces.
Before you snarl at the idea of living in a container, take a tour of some extraordinary shipping container houses around the world, built at a fraction of the costs and serve exactly the same purpose.
images courtesy: Peter DeMaria
The Architect described the project this way:
These materials result in an end product that is affordable and nearly indestructible. The modified containers are mold proof, fire proof, termite proof, structurally superior to wood framing and along with various other “components” come together to create a system/kit of parts that is predicated on cost savings, construction time savings, and energy/environmentally conscious priorities
Photo Credit: Peter Aaron via DesignBoom
Adriance House was built by Architect Adam Kalkin, using 12 shipping containers arranged prefab in a larger structure to provide a luxury living space.
Here is how the Architect described the project:
We built the 12 container house for some friends on the shore in Maine. It is the first container project to showcase large volumes of space with impermanent boundaries between inside and out