Atira Women's Resource Society

Atira's shipping container housing project attracted much interest at its grand opening in August 2013. (Photo: Megan Simm)

In support of a 12-unit recycled/container housing project in Vancouver's downtown eastside.

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Imouto Container Housing Project

Completed in 2013, Atira Women’s Resource Society's Imouto container housing project was Canada's first multi-unit housing development built using a base strucure of recycled shipping containers.

The infill development – comprised of 12 studio units – was designed to be a creative, cost effective and environmentally sensitive solution to the need for affordable housing in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. It was built on a smaller-than-average single city lot.

In addition to promoting density in the neighbourhood, repurposing shipping containers significantly lowered both the cost and the construction timeline.

The project's small footprint, construction materials, and design, allowed Atira to create a project that addresses sustainability from all sides: economic, environmental and social.

All 12 units are affordable to women on fixed incomes. Six of them are available to women over 50 with roots in the community who are participating in an intergenerational mentorship program.

The project has won a few awards, including the 2013 non-profit sector Land Award and two Georgie Awards for design and construction innovations.

Our grant helped Atira build a model housing development that will continue to provide much-needed housing for women in downtown Vancouver's inner city.


Note: Atira produced a 17MB project report, which is too large to upload to our website. If you are interested in reading it, please contact us and we will send it to you via email or Dropbox.