The Myanmar Times
Wednesday, 26 November 2014
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Converted containers make a solid home

Myanmar Home Design Company will introduce mobile houses to the local market made from modified shipping containers.

Myanmar Home Design prepares their new mobile house models to be introduced soon to the local market. They are already readying plans for export. (Myanmar Home Design)Myanmar Home Design prepares their new mobile house models to be introduced soon to the local market. They are already readying plans for export. (Myanmar Home Design)

“We started making mobile houses seven months ago. The idea comes from our European architects. We have seen the market develop very fast in Myanmar,” Daw Than Tar Khaing, assistant manager of Myanmar Home Design, told The Myanmar Times.

Myanmar Home Design is targeting expatriates looking to occupy homes and remote offices as their main market. The company said the homes will also be useful as meditation cabins, pool houses, classrooms, shops and even take-away restaurants.

“Building a house is very expensive because the price of materials and land is getting more expensive day after day. That is the purpose of making these mobile houses from modified containers. We’re targeting the local market at present but we intend to also export in the future,” Daw Than Tar Khaing said.

Mr Yann Lefebvre, a manager at Myanmar Home Design and an architect responsible for the project, said: “I got this idea of making small mobile houses during my visits to many places in Asia and Myanmar. I have learnt about the living style of Myanmar people too and its natural resources. Today, land is expensive everywhere. It is very hard to own a house.”

Myanmar Home Design is making the homes from high quality shipping containers that are approved for heat and fire resistance, and will also endure tough weather conditions, Mr Lefebvre said.

“The material is high quality and very compact. Myanmar people won’t like it at first, but I believe that people will want to use these lovely, attractive mobile houses in the future.”

The designs for the mobile houses are myriad, spanning a classical Myanmar aesthetic to postmodern décor. Throughout the interior, partitions can be arranged to determine the size of the bedroom, bathroom and kitchen. Many options are available for designing the roof, covering the exterior, walling and other interior decorations.

The mobile houses are movable, durable, customisable, thermally efficient and safe, Mr Lefebvre said. One mobile house weighs 4.5 tonnes on average and can be set on concrete ground.

Myanmar Home Design is now investing in new designs.

“We are always coming up with new creations,” Mr Lefebvre said.

The price of a mobile house depends on the design and the materials used to build it. The estimated expense for a basic house, which stands at eight feet high and 20 feet long, is around K10 million (about US$11,621).

A basic home will take 70 days to finish.