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A housing complex for students have been designed by the french architectural firm Olgga Architects. The designed hostel will be built on 100 recycled shipping containers. And they named it “CROU”. This is called green technology. What a thought!!! It’s really amazing.

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Shipping container structures are seen gaining a lot of popularity in current times. Not only are they beautiful and stylish, but also portable, affordable, durable and eco-friendly. This time I introduce you to a student housing complex built from recycled shipping containers.

'crou' student housing made from 100 recycled shipping containers

Olgga architects, a French firm shaped 100 shipping containers into a sturdy, economical and sustainable student housing in Le Havre, France. Each of these containers will function as an individual room for a student while maximizing space limitations. Dubbed the ‘Crou’, the 2,851m2 structure intends to make use of recycled containers, stacked in a somewhat pyramidal arrangement.

The pyramid-like arrangement of shipping containers

From what it appears in the images, one side of the container will function as the entrance, and will have connecting stairs and platforms to reach the entrance.

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There is an environmental benefit associated with it which is it puts surplus containers to use instead of letting them slowly rust in a landfill.

One of the room typologies

The project is named Crou, and will be spread over an area of 30,700 square feet on the school campus. It is an interesting design, and appears to be a well designed project. What would be interesting to see is how the architects deal with the problem of noise that would be inherent to this all metal structure. But there should be a way to take care of that in the 4.45 million euro budget this has.

Anothe room typologies


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  On January 30, 2010(7 years, 4 months ago.)

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40 Responses

  1. Student Loan Deferment Says:

    Interesting idea for students!

    Posted on October 30th, 2010 at 4:13 PM

  2. Debie Says:

    This is so neat, I think that we should introduce them to Hatiti and now Japan, it would be a fast and easy solution for them.

    Posted on March 17th, 2011 at 4:43 PM

  3. telavivapartments Says:

    nice design .. it is very new to the eyes of everyone ,, what a great idea of that architects! im sure that they receive the amount they really deserve ..

    Posted on March 24th, 2011 at 10:13 AM

  4. telavivapartments Says:

    wowo .. this apartments seems so amazing .. im sure that the architects has been paid a big amount ..

    Posted on April 11th, 2011 at 3:20 AM

  5. telavivapartments Says:

    “CROU”such a wonderful name for an amazing housing project for students. . I think everyone will like it for so many reasons,like:this housing project is beautiful and stylish,and for the three(3) “able” portable,durable and affordable and take note it is also an eco-friendly type of housing project.Why???. . because CROU student housing is made from 100 recycled shipping containers.See it is really an amazing project. .So to the french architectural firm olgga architects,I am so proud and I idolized u all. .

    Posted on April 20th, 2011 at 4:14 AM

  6. student loan Says:

    this project is really beautiful and creative.

    Posted on May 5th, 2011 at 5:09 AM

  7. tel aviv apartment Says:

     yeah i agree with you, the structure of this is perfect, and every sides and points are really perfect .. the architect is really good men!

    Posted on May 23rd, 2011 at 4:34 AM

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    Posted on June 28th, 2011 at 7:00 AM

  9. Madelene Tejados Says:

    This housing complex is very innovative in nature. 🙂

    Nice article.

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    Posted on September 2nd, 2011 at 8:05 AM

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    this apartment is very unique, and im sure that many people loves this apartment because of its uniqueness and its style

    Posted on September 29th, 2011 at 7:55 PM

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    Its great guys that Student Housing Complex Designed From 100 Recycled Shipping Containers In France By OLGGA.

    Posted on November 1st, 2011 at 6:12 PM

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    beautiful design the architect has an imaginative idea besides the material is less expensive its a great work it seems affordable for the students

    Posted on November 2nd, 2011 at 1:23 PM

  13. tel aviv apartment rentals Says:

    its very creative it seems its affordable to stay here since they are still a student it has to cheap apartment but it i think its comfortable to stay

    Posted on December 29th, 2011 at 10:32 AM

  14. tel aviv apartment rentals Says:

    since it for the students place i know its affordable its nice to have this kind of apartment students will appreciate this its a nice place

    Posted on January 4th, 2012 at 12:29 PM

  15. apartment for rent quezon city Says:

    that was really amazing and creative idea. I do want to experience to live in that kind of apartment I wish I can go back to school and live in that kind of place. For sure students will really be relax and contented to stay there.

    Posted on January 12th, 2012 at 9:58 AM

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  17. Student Flat in Newcastle Says:

    Thats looks a  nice living area, Most colleges and universities provide single or multiple occupancy rooms for their students, usually at a cost.

    Posted on January 18th, 2012 at 1:17 PM

  18. Rea Says:

    Its really too good.I like this housing complex.Its ECO friendly. Its really outstanding idea.Its really a great idea & seems its affordable to stay.Nice blog have just bookmarked this page so I don’t miss any more of these.”

    Posted on January 19th, 2012 at 1:07 PM

  19. Ralph Says:

    Its fantastic idea.Its really a great creativity.I love these types of homes.These are too affordable & Eco friendly.great post. Can’t wait to read the next one.

    Posted on January 20th, 2012 at 8:31 AM

  20. Richard Says:

    Superb idea. I can’t imagine hoe creative a human being can be.I would live to live here so that i can get experience of living here.

    Posted on January 20th, 2012 at 9:06 AM

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    Posted on February 29th, 2012 at 7:05 PM

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    I think this should also be used here in our country. Stylish yet functional.

    Posted on March 14th, 2012 at 7:24 AM

  27. George Pepper Says:

    Well I’ve got to say, its innovative, and much bigger than my room in the Halls of Residence when I was a student!

    Posted on April 11th, 2012 at 5:55 PM

  28. sustainable architects Says:

    Take your time with finding the right architect. Rushing the process can lead to making hasty decisions that can cause your project to not meet your expectations. For the amount of money you are going to invest and the fact that you will have to live with the project, you want to insure that you find the best possible architect.

    Posted on April 15th, 2012 at 12:41 AM

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    That was indeed beautiful, actually I never seen a design like this before. It’s really amazing, I like the design and how you connect every containers.

    Posted on May 17th, 2012 at 9:51 PM

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    I was honestly amaze with those photos. I want to see them in person anyway.

    Posted on June 3rd, 2012 at 9:22 PM

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    This is really impressive, this will definitely help the students with there housing problems.

    Posted on June 5th, 2012 at 10:38 AM

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    How it will be if we make our home in a travel home where will be all dally useful things…in the car.

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