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The Parallel Hpuse from 2No. 40ft Shipping Containers.

The choice of colour by the Architect is elegant and blends in with the environment which is rather harsh. In this design, we have embraced the use of renewable energy including provision of space for water storage on top of the two shipping containers. Natural lighting has been maximized including provisioning for the multiple use of the living spaces which i think gives more utility value to the spaces.
If the owner wishes to go on a long holiday, he/she can lock up all their belongings and re-convert the house into a secure place. The Parallel House is all about maximum utility and value for money.

Inspiration for The House:

The Parallel House earned its name from the use of two High Cube 40ft Shipping Containers placed side by side to create a parallel formation and a contained space in between that serves as a living area. The motivation for this project was to design and build a viable solution with the following design constraints:
1. Purchase a 40ft container (2No.) and use them as is(or with slight remodeling) for storage.
2. Maximize use of the space in between for multiple purposes (Bedsitter, office, kitchen, shower) .
We do realize that many persons are unable to do that off-grid house quickly and within budget especially in peri-urban areas like Kitengela, Rongai, Isinya, Amboseli, North Eastern and other parts of the country.
The Space that the parallel House presents is far superior in quality and execution than a typical brick and mortar house for two main reasons:
1. It is scalable- One can quickly convert it into a spacious 3 Bedroom House from the current design.
2. It has excellent elevated outdoor space (2 No. Balconies and a Terrace linked to the Bedroom)

House Summary:

Architect : Sandula , Ukraine for Ujenzibora
Floor Area : 110.5 Square Metres
No. of Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom
No. of Bathrooms: 1
Home Office: For 2 No. Desks
Storage Space: 60 Square Metres, Lockable Shipping Containers
Others: Kitchen and Dining Area
Ujenzibora Seeks to provide a series of bespoke housing solutions that are highly customizable, affordable and technologically sound for first time home owners.
We seek to offer our clients a one stop hustle free Lab where they can come to find lasting solutions and achieve their goals.
In keeping with our value proposition of providing affordable housing solutions, we are pleased to introduce "The Parallel House: Design Beyond a Shipping Container" under our “Design & Build Package.”
It was designed and conceptualized by Architect Sandula Evgeniy for Ujenzibora Investment Ltd.



The Parallel Hpuse from 2No. 40ft Shipping Containers.


David Nahinga
David Nahinga
Quantity Surveyor | Owner and Director: Ujenzibora Investment Limited | Tel: +254 720578632 |

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