18/07/26 The 3rd visit started with installing the off-grid solar system, running on 4 solar panels on the container roof. The water installations were next, starting with the rain water tanks for local rain water harvesting. As soon as these were in place and hooked up to each other and the the nearest-by roof and its roof drainage, the man-powered water sources in kitchen and bathroom got installed. The kitchen sink got equipped with a mobile drinking water device, which runs on gravity, using a coal and ceramic filter system. All water installations, as well as the garden, were now getting supplied by man-power and the bucket system, using the rain water coming from the rain water tanks.
18/07/15 Costa, our incredible wood craftsmen, started with the wood interiour construction consisting out of a wood cladding with OSB boards in front of a mineral wool insulation and a vapor diffusion barrier. Though all components met several sustainability criterias, we are aware that our conventional wall build-up can be still more improved by using more upcycled building elements, e.g. insulation out of old PET plasticbottles. The result is based on time and/or financial constraints we had to work with.
18/06/23 On our second visit to Düsseldorf the cargo container was waiting for us with, according to our plans, already finished installed toilet door, kitchen & toilet window and toilet hatch ways for access to urin and feces barrels. Bernd our incredible craftsmen and metal worker did a flawless welding and metal job. The door, windows, hatches and metal framing are all reused old building elements from the storage of the commercial courtyard.
Getting an idea of the future container interiour, we started trying out the placement and functioning of the toilet, via its feces and urin barrels.
After being able to organize local top soil from a nearby permaculture plantation, run by Sebo, we were able to start setting up the raised bed garden on the south side of the container. We were happy to upcycle in the courtyard stored metal bins from the formerly on site existing communal bakery. These were genereously supplied by the current owner, Kristina, a local architect, with office on-site, who was also responsible for processing our building permit.
After placing the fixed and rebuilt raised bed bins, according to our permaculture zoning schemewe, we started planting the garden with our local on-site residents and Weltkunstzimmer team, Taka, Wolfgang, Stephanie and Sebo and his kids.
The Sustainer Team has partnered up with Weltkunstzimmer, an interdisciplinary art center for visual arts, performing arts & music in Düsseldorf.
We have started the construction of the prototype with the goal of being displayed in the upcoming exhibition "New Ecologies – Ökologien der Zukunft", which will be held in September/October this year. Check out our first steps in the construction site!