A Joburg facelift showcases the first new cost-effective, upcycled container homes

The Maboneng precinct of Johannesburg has become home to a new urban development using upcycled containers to create new cost-effective home

 Hut Rentals Uncycled ContainersDrivelines Studios created a new urban development using upcycled ISO containers. The development is a multistorey apartment block made up of multiple containers. It consists of residential and retail building spaces. It can be found at 213 Albertina Sisulu Street.

The development was conceptualised back in 2014, it was led by Propertuity and designed by Lot-Ek Architects. The project was recently completed and the apartments opened for occupation in September 2017. Rentals are as cheap at R4,900.00 and units can cost as little as R120,000.00 to purchase.

There are 100 apartments in the building and 3 retail spaces. Propertuity posted 3 images of what the spaces could look like inside.



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The apartment block is modern and being classed as affordable housing. This is just one of many projects happening that will be offering a facelift to the area and its surroundings.

Drivelines Studios is a mixed-use residential and retail building developed over an existing single story structure, previously a car repair shop. The new building is made entirely out of up-cycled shipping containers. Ironically, Johannesburg has a significant inland port and is the largest city in South Africa without a major body of water.

Situated along a main road axis, the building works as a billboard marking an entry point to the ever growing Maboneng Precinct.

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The monthly rent becomes an expense that is billed to the client as a project cost, which simplifies the billing, as opposed to the construction company owning the shipping container and charging a rental fee on that asset.

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