The Nemo house was designed for a family looking for a new home in the Korea’s 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. 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. Nemo house may be the first achievement for the decent living condition quality with freight containers in Korea. 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.
Two bottom containers and top containers shifted and created projection for porch and balcony. The principle of simple arrangement with shifting fortifies the engagement with the surrounding natural environment at front door & back door.
The main floor offers living room space that includes the kitchen with a dining area and stairs.
The second floor is configured to allow three equal areas of play room for two kids, a hall with wooden book shelf rising from downstairs, and a bedroom with big windows.
Down stairs accommodate master bedroom, living room, dining, kitchen, bathroom, and utility room. White decorating and a large see–through book shelf reaching to upstairs unite living room, Dining, and kitchen into one open family space linked to a terrace deck.
Playroom with big windows.
The steel house is surrounded by green and lush vegetation, creating a pleasant background and peaceful setting for country lifestyle.
South facing long side façade employed large window and wood cladding to hide some scratches of used container corrugated steel surface and to complement metal materiality. Limited budget made design focus on improving thermal performance and heating system for harsh winter climate.
One of the great features is utilizing the doors of the freight container as a design factor. When the door at dining area open, interior space can be expanded to patio. While providing a pleasant openness to inside and outside, the doors offer the identity of the container architecture.
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.