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cool 40ft HICUBE Container Concept House Project

G'day Everyone!

Firstly I just want to say thanks to Emmanuel for creating this wonderful software. rose I've been using it for 2 years now as a hobby "architect" and have enjoyed it very much.

The project I'd like to share with you today, is my 40ft HICUBE Shipping Container House.


Outside at Dusk <<- Full Resolution Image

- Virtual Tour (Youtube) -

FULL DESCRIPTION
A concept design for a 40 foot HiCube Shipping Container House, designed and rendered in Sweet Home 3D 4.0. This is an awesome program for playing around with rearranging the furniture of your home, or for pro and wanna-be architects (like myself) who need an outlet for those house designs bouncing around in their head. This is like advanced Sims 3D house design, without needing to use cheats to avoid the crappy game play. dancing

This design is pretty spacious, sleeping only two, however I also intend to attach another container to the side of this one, for family and guests.

- 40ft HICUBE Container Concept House Floor Plan -
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Rendering Details
Video Format: 1920x1080 @ Quality 2.
I'm not having terribly satisfying results using the two best settings (Q3 & Q4), especially for the time spent rendering. Blending of lights at 2nd best (Q3) is dotty, while best (Q4) leaves little black and white artifacts randomly thru the images and video. This is due to some bug in rendering reflective glints on shiny surfaces, and can also be influenced by lighting strength and/or position, and time of day. Anyway, I decided Q2 is nice enough to show off the house design.

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Image Format: 1600x900 at Q4(Best).
~ http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c302/BitchV...fromEntrance.png~original
~ http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c302/BitchV...se-Kitchette.png~original
~ http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c302/BitchV...mintoensuite.png~original
~ http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c302/BitchV...etoBedroom01.png~original
~ http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c302/BitchV...ouse-Ensuite.png~original

- Album Slideshow -
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Technical Specs of Interest
i7-3610QM CPU @ 2.30GHz (8 core processor)
8Gig RAM
NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M Graphics Card
64bit Operating System
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Further Discussion
I originally tried rendering with the 32bit version of SH3D, but it was very slow. After getting advice from the website, I upgraded to the 64 bit java version of Sweet Home 3D & used the memory command for 4GB. This definately reduced rendering time, and also stopped hangs on the higher settings, but it did not improve the dotty light blends of Q3, nor did it get rid of the black and white artifacts of Q4 - these results occur both when I render still images or video. From my understanding, the Sunflow rendering engine is used for the two top quality rendering settings, and this is out of the SH3D programmer's hands. I expect the Sunflow engine will also improve over time. Regardless of these niggly bugs of the final renders, the Sweet Home 3D experience is a lot of fun and well worth a try for all those budding architects and interior designers. :)
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~ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intermodal_container
~ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shipping_container_architecture

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Re: 40ft HICUBE Container Concept House Project

Ven,

Very nice.
Your project reminded me that I made a container house also, a few years ago. I updated it a bit to make better pictures.






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Re: 40ft HICUBE Container Concept House Project

Thank you for taking the time to check it out, hansmex. smile Much appreciated.

I am interested in emergency and compact housing design, particularly recycled shipping container architecture, even though we are a large family of 8 people. wink Of course, gigantic buildings can be created using multiple shipping containers, but I love the idea of being able to put one's home on the back of a truck or boat and taking it anywhere!
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Re: 40ft HICUBE Container Concept House Project

I would also like to see your shipping container house when you've created a couple of renders, Hans. Please be sure to share it here when you're done.
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Re: 40ft HICUBE Container Concept House Project

I attached three pictures to my previous message, but they don't show....
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Re: 40ft HICUBE Container Concept House Project

I attached three pictures to my previous message, but they don't show....
I fixed it for you. Be sure to choose the Direct Link URL in the Embed tab after selecting the Share menu of mediafire.com contextual menu.
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Re: 40ft HICUBE Container Concept House Project

Thank you, Emmanuel
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Re: 40ft HICUBE Container Concept House Project

MsVen, your login was lost because of a crash in the forum database tonight. Please, register again if you want to write new messages. Sorry for the problem.
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Re: 40ft HICUBE Container Concept House Project

Hi MsVen, nice job!
If I may give a suggestion, I think your idea could become a real actual project by considering space for wardrobes or other forniture which are not optional in a house, like some space for dishes. They depend on number of people but your modular concept is really promising.
Very interesting idea!
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Re: 40ft HICUBE Container Concept House Project

@Emmanuel: No problem! I understand these things happen.smile

@Hans: Thanks for updating and sharing your container house. Very nice! cool The spacious design allows a lot of natural light to get in, which I discovered is very important in these type of homes. Compact housing is quite a challenge. Making tight spaces livable, is not as easy as it first seems. The other day a friend challenged me to design a container house which allows for handicap access .... now that's gonna take some innovative ideas! wink

When you mentioned you updated this file from your archive of designs, I felt inspired once more to finish off a few missing details on one of my first shipping container projects from May 2011 - a 40ft HiCube + 2x8ft modular design that sleeps 10 (!!) and folds up into the 40ft container for transport. I've begun presenting images from that project in my next post.

@mdi: Thank you for taking a look at my container house! Yes, storage is very important in small spaces - I shall put more consideration into it. smile This particular design is a bit of a "splurge" - a mini-mansion if you will. I started out with the intention of connecting a 2nd 40ft HiCube container, and possibly a 20ft container as well. The kitchen you see here is actually a Bar. I opted to make it into a kitchette, with a service hatch to the outside (or into the 2nd container), when I decided to make the unit a self-contained home in it's own right.

The 2nd container will have a full kitchen, laundry & BBQ space, another lounge area, and perhaps the 2nd bathroom, which will otherwise be in the 20ft container with a guest bedroom. I dunno ... still shuffling rooms around in my head ATM. wink

My husband and I have wanted to build a container home for many years. Hopefully, one day our dream will come true. good luck



40ft HICUBE Container Concept House Project (Update)
Part One - Complete!

I have rendered up a Quality 3 video @ 720x480, of the single bedroom container home in the Original Post. This render took a hefty 24 hours and I'm just too impatient to spend any longer than that. tongue

- Virtual Tour (Q3) -

As you can see, Q3 creates an undesirable dotty effect on light blends which sort of "sparkles" in video playback. I've turned the lights down low (10-20% at most), but it doesnt seem to make much difference. Turning lights off completely and using a "light source" can help, but not always. Quality 4 has a similar issue, but nowhere near as severe, however it is possibly related to the "Q4 artifact bug." I think the "Halogen light source" (and light objects with a similar light tone) have more of an issue than the "Incandescent light source" - but I need to conduct more testing to be certain about that (more discussion about light sources in my next post).

I don't mean to go on about these render bugs - I'm just hoping the information and extensive examples will help the developers improve the Sunflow engine, and that my tests may also help other designers get a pleasing result in SH3D. The render bugs are quite unfortunate as the overall render quality is rather impressive - beautiful reflections on metals and mirrors, brilliant glass transparencies, nice smooth blending of shadows on matts ...

Anyway, here are the final Quality 4 still images (1600x900) of the remaining viewpoints to be shown. This is one of my favourite renders of the series ... look at those gorgeous surfaces! It's almost photo-realistic! cool


~ Bar/Kitchette ~ <<-- Full Resolution Image

If you zoom in on the full resolution image, you can still see a few black and white artifacts dotted around the lights and some reflective surfaces (the "Q4 artifact bug"). When the entire project is finshed, I will ultimately choose the best images for a presentation portfolio and edit out the blemishes with Photoshop.

See More ...
Image Format: 1600x900 at Q4 (Best)

~ http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c302/BitchV...mfromensuite.png~original
~ http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c302/BitchV...teintoLounge.png~original
~ http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c302/BitchV...ouseLounge02.png~original
~ http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c302/BitchV...HouseFoyer02.png~original
~ http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c302/BitchV...HouseFoyer01.png~original

Of course time of day, viewing angle, reflections and shininess of surface, all play a role in artifact severity. In some images however, I noticed it was the object itself. Let's take a closer look at that bug in my next post.

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