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