Praxisleitfaden Modulbau – RWTH Aachen

Containerwerk ist Mitglied im Forschungs- und Entwicklungsverbund der RWTH Aachen. Als Gründungsmitglied des Clusters für Modulbau im CBI erarbeitet Containerwerk gemeinsam mit anderen Modulbauern, Fachplanern und Behörden einen Genehmigungsleitfaden für modulare Bauten, um das Genehmigungsverfahren zu rationalisieren, zu verkürzen und damit Planungssicherheit zu garantieren.

Wir freuen uns sehr, dass jetzt die erste Version des Praxisleitfaden veröffentlicht wurde.

Auszug aus der Pressemeldung der RWTH Aachen zur Veröffentlichung des Leitfadens:

Aachen, 14. Januar 2021 – Das Center Building and Infrastructure Engineering (CBI) im Cluster Bauen auf dem RWTH Aachen Campus veröffentlicht den ersten Praxisleitfaden für brandschutztechnische Nachweise im Modulbau. Die Mitglieder im CBI – führende Raumzellen-Hersteller sowie RWTH-Experten – erarbeiteten in Kooperation mit dem Ministerium für Heimat, Kommunales, Bau und Gleichstellung des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen innerhalb von einem Jahr ein Dokument, in dem Hinweise zum Nachweis von brandschutztechnischen Eigenschaften von Modulbaukonstruktionen komprimiert zusammengefasst wurden.

Die Bedeutung von modularem Bauen steigt immer weiter an. Die steigenden Bevölkerungszahlen und der demographische Wandel erfordern eine schnelle und qualitätsvolle Schaffung von Wohnraum sowie von Gesundheits-, Bildungs- und Betreuungsimmobilien. Der Modulbau hat sich dabei in den letzten Jahren in vielfältiger Art und Weise weiterentwickelt. Mit dem neuen Praxisleitfaden werden Unsicherheiten für Bauherrschaften, Planer, Hersteller und Behörden in puncto Brandschutz beseitigt“, erläutert Ina Scharrenbach, Ministerin für Heimat, Kommunales, Bau und Gleichstellung des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen.

Im Center Building and Infrastructure Engineering schlossen sich Raumzellenexperten aus Wissenschaft, Wirtschaft und Landesverwaltung zusammen, um sich mit aktuellen, relevanten Herausforderungen für eine erfolgreiche Bauweise mit Raummodulen, Containern oder auch ehemaligen Seefrachtcontainern zu befassen. …

Die gesamte Pressemeldung sowie den Praxisleitfaden für brandschutztechnische Nachweise im Modulbau zum Download Finden sie auf der Website der RWTH Aachen

My Home Wertheim

With “My Home”, Wohnen auf Zeit MAX Wertheim GmbH has built the region’s first temporary living quarter. The building blocks for this architecturally sophisticated and sustainable pioneering project are 21 modules from Containerwerk that have been converted into living space.

Since early 2020, the first 21 “My Home” apartments in Wertheim have been awaiting their new residents. Recycled containers are the basic building blocks for cost-conscious, flexible private living space with the comfort of a hotel. These apartments are aimed at companies, business travelers, and guests of the Tauber Valley vacation region who prefer their “own four walls” to standard hotel rooms, even temporarily.


More informations about the project

Containerwerk in the Containeratlas

A great honor: Our project in Costa Rica made it into the new edition of the Container Atlas (Gestalten Verlag)!

The architect and professor Han Slawik and his team have established themselves as an international expert in container architecture. As the author of the first edition of Container Atlas, he returns with new insights and views around this growing movement.

The updated edition of the Container Atlas with over 20 new projects presents a range of current international container constructions, ranging from city apartments and luxurious private houses to community centers and restaurants to mobile sales areas. In addition to interviews with leading representatives of container architecture, this practical reference and reference work offers detailed background information on the history and development of the use of containers in architecture.



Beginning of Construction Boarding house Wertheim

It’s starting now! In a time frame of four days, all 21 completely dismantled container modules will be delivered to the construction site in Wertheim and assembled ready for occupancy!

With “My Home”, Wohnen auf Zeit MAX Wertheim GmbH is building the region’s first temporary living quarter. The building blocks for this architecturally sophisticated and sustainable pioneering project are 21 modules from Containerwerk that have been converted into living space.

“Second life” with a sustainable message

The future-oriented residential park on an area of 2,700 square meters is all about sustainability and innovation. The building owners, Felix von Knobelsdorff and his colleagues Clemens Müller and Nicolas de Fejer, have known each other for almost twenty years through their work in construction and interior design respectively. Through joint projects, they established contacts with Containerwerk. All three of them were enthusiastic about the resource-saving approach of combining sustainability with a modern atmosphere and flexible living.

Particularly for setting the course concerning the authorities, the sustainability concept was crucial. “Our aim is to ensure that the residential units fit in well visually with their surroundings. There will be plenty of free space between the units for greenery. Using curtain walls made of untreated and regional wood, we are aesthetically creating a nice bridge between the surrounding nature and the cool look that the used freight containers bring,” reports Felix von Knobelsdorff.

Impressions from the construction site


We are proud winners of the GERMAN DESIGN AWARD 2020 from the German Design Council.

The German Design Award is one of the most recognized international design awards and honors top-class submissions in product and communication design. We could convince the jury in the category “Excellent Product Design Building Elements”.

Jury statement:
The clever conversion of disused sea freight containers is sustainable and opens up exciting possibilities for using the cool room modules, regardless of whether you want to live in them or use them as commercial space. The clever conversion of disused sea freight containers is sustainable and opens up exciting possibilities for using the cool room modules, regardless of whether you want to live in them or use them as commercial space.

We are German Innovation Award Winner 2019

The German Innovation Award, established by the German Design Council, recognizes cross-sector products and solutions that differ from previous solutions primarily in terms of user focus and added value. Containerwerk is one of the proud winners in the “Building & Elements” category in 2019!

Research station Costa Rica completed

Four used sea freight containers are refined into living space modules in Germany by Containerwerk’s innovative technology. Insulated in accordance with the German Energy Saving Ordinance and ready to live, the containers are already being sent on another long journey. The destination is the port of Puerto Limón in Costa Rica. From there the containers will be transported to Tres Equis in the heart of Costa Rica’s jungle. On site, the modules will be built into a completely self-sufficient guesthouse and research institute for the Rausch Schokoladen GmbH in just a 4-day construction phase.

The building.

The fine cocoa estate that will be built in Costa Rica is made out of four 40-foot containers, which were mechanically foamed and upgraded in our production halls and thus insulated according to EnEV standards.

Two containers form the basis. Two further containers are placed crosswise to each other. The upper two containers will contain sleeping and living units for up to eight people. Large glass elements are inserted in the front fronts of the containers, with a view over the rainforest and the cocoa plants. The entire upper floor is surrounded by a terrace made of regional wood.

On the ground floor, half of a container will be equipped as a bath and changing area for the workers on site. The other half contains the fully equipped laboratory where Rausch can conduct research. The second container on the ground floor becomes the lounge with a kitchen area and large dining table and a couch area. A meeting place for everyone. The two containers are about six meters apart. In this space a garage will be installed.

What’s special.

The cocoa estate lies in the middle of the jungle and within a biotope network. Since the Rausch GmbH in Costa Rica basically pursues an ecological concept, the construction of the estate from used sea freight containers is an obvious option. Due to the high degree of prefabrication of the containers in Germany, there are hardly any construction emissions on site, such as noise, dust or aisles for construction site logistics. The impact on the original nature of the region is kept to a minimum and the building can be dismantled at any time without leaving any residue. In addition, the solution is completely self-sufficient. This means that the buildings do not have to be connected to any infrastructure. Electricity is produced by a solar system and the building network has a septic tank. In a second stage, a water treatment plant will be installed. This means that research can be carried out completely independently and in the middle of the rainforest.

The journey continues.

The sea freight containers which were used by the Rausch GmbH to transport its cocoa beans across the oceans are now finding a new home and a new use in the rainforest. After the container modules have been manufactured in our production halls, the containers are loaded onto a container ship in the port of Hamburg and set off on their journey to Puerto Limón in Costa Rica. Under the hashtag #followtheyellowcontainer we will keep you updated about the project on our social media channels.

About Costa Rica.

To found a fine flavoured cocoa estate in Costa Rica is a good idea because the country is very easy to reach and economically and politically stable. In addition, much importance is attached to nature conservation and ecology.

Our film about the project

The journey continues! Start of construction in Costa Rica

In the jungle of Costa Rica, CONTAINERWERK is building a research station for Rausch Schokoladen GmbH that has never existed before. From recycled containers, self-sufficient in supply, with the comfort of a guest house.

In mid-March, four ready-to-live building modules from Containerwerk went on an overseas trip. The crossing of the upcycling containers from the port of Hamburg to Costa Rica took a month. On April 4th, Rausch’s former freight carriers were expected in the port of Puerto Limón. From there, the containers went on to Tres Equis in the heart of Costa Rica. A completely self-sufficient guest house and research institute for Rausch Schokoladen GmbH will be created on site from the modules in just a four-day construction phase. Plug & Play is the name of the principle which, thanks to the greatest possible prefabrication in the CONTAINERWERK base, enables rapid construction movements on site. The four 40-foot containers were optimally prepared technically, structurally and aesthetically for the conditions of the jungle before the crossing. The insulation technology follows the German Energy Saving Ordinance, the “one-piece” insulation enables the award-winning CONTAINERWERK patent.

Best Friend – The Reachstacker

Without it, (almost) nothing works: Our reach stacker is always used outdoors and indoors when the containers are being relocated or stacked. With a load capacity of 45,000 kg and a lifting height of 16m, the reach stacker can easily stack up to five containers on top of each other. You don’t need any special container gear to load the 40 ″ high cube giants. The curved telescopic arm achieves a maximum of reach and more space when stacking containers. For example: With a stack of containers that is 4 rows high and 3 rows deep, the top container in the second row can be reached and positioned without having to move the front container. Or: With a container stack that is 3 rows high and 3 rows deep, the top container in the third row can be easily reached without having to move the front containers. On the whole, a very efficient solution and a real help in everyday life, just like our high-performance insulated living containers.

future is living in a cube – magazine

What does living and working look like in the future? What are the needs of a modern, digitally networked and mobile society? What can be an answer to housing shortages and finite natural resources. What role can modular, serial and mobile architecture play in the future and what are the advantages of used sea freight containers as building modules.

In the magazine, a number of contemporary thinkers and visionaries give us their answers.