Wolfpack is working to replace the traditional way of construction worldwide. Our vision for a more creative, sustainable future led us to start creating one. We transform recycled containers into beautiful homes, pop-up spaces for business and other solutions which add value to our society. We focus on creating high-quality, whilst delivering them at a very competitive price.
In 2014, Justin Anley and Alistair Van Rooyen founded Wolfpack, for the concept development and project management of converted container solutions. Along with our corporate partners, the companies have successfully developed multiple solutions for the pop-up market, housing and construction, and commercial solutions throughout Africa.
We offer multiple designs and units for commercial use. This includes and is not limited to: Site offices, classrooms, ablution facilities, kitchens, mine accommodation and services. Wolfpack offers both new builds, and rentals.
We are currently working alongside Stellenbosch University and Ajubatus Foundation (NPO) on agricultural and social upliftment in the Kruger. This includes the study of container grow houses for fresh and healthy produce and eco-friendly innovative housing solutions. We have partnered up with Philip Astley, a world-renown chartered architect who specialises in healthcare planning and design. With his contribution, Wolfpack is currently in the process of designing modular, efficient “HealthPak” modules for mass deployment into Africa.
We have a variety of rental units for the pop-up market. These are used as bars, retail space and stages at events throughout South Africa and Kenya. Custom conversions are also available, we will tailor either a current available unit, or build a new unit to suit the customers’ prerequisites.
Our flagship unit fits the dimensions of a standard 6m shipping container when closed. Once on site, with a push of a button the sides will open and the entire space can be set up in under 20 minutes. This includes a spiral staircase with an upstairs VIP viewing deck.
We have supplied multiple units throughout Africa, specifically for the eventing and retail industries. This includes rooftop bars and lounges and mobile set-ups across Kenya.
Micropods and Housing
Wolfpack has designed a range of modular container homes and additions. Most common usage includes AirBnb housing for homeowners, staff accommodation, affordable holiday homes, pools, kids play rooms and many more applications. These units are built in our facility and are sent to site, resulting in minimal on-site time.
Wolfpack has designed and developed a modular steel frame solution, referred to as “FlexiPak”. FlexiPak is a high-tech construction method that allows us to premanufacture the units in our facility, flatpack the units into containers and deliver to site. This type of construction offers a more flexible, modern design with high-quality finishes and a fast and efficient, turnkey solution. FlexiPak units is a new system, however we are receiving a lot of interest for exports, due to flat packing the boxes and reducing our logistical costs. We are currently in negotiations for exporting these modules for large developments in Sweden, Botswana and Kenya.
Benefits of Container and FlexiPak: Containers Multiple containers can be stacked together to create large space. They can be stacked alongside each other, or ontop to create multi-storey spaces.
Green Building: Containers are eco-friendly, as they are repurposed into homes instead of being melted down. A large amount of cargo containers are discarded in ports across the globe because of one way shipments. Using containers also prevents the use of bricks and cement. The cement industry is one of the biggest producers of CO2 and bricks essentially make the natural materials they are made of, inert.
Cost Effective: In South Africa, Shipping containers typically cost only R24 000 – R32 000 depending on their size. They’re are already the perfect shape to be repurposed into homes. The structural work is also minimal, reducing the cost further. This can be put to very good use.
Structural stability: Containers are also “virtually indestructible”. Shipping containers are designed to bear heavy loads, withstand harsh climatic conditions, as well as rough seas and can also easily be stacked one on top of the other to create multi-story homes. Their structural stability makes such homes earthquake and hurricane proof, which makes them extremely safe for natural disaster-prone areas.
Ease/speed of Construction: Building a housing structure (microhome) out of a shipping container takes roughly 6-8 weeks in comparison to brick and mortar structure which takes around 6-8 months to make. Most structures can be assembled within a few days, if all the pieces have been cut off site which is in equivalence to prefabricated structures.
Off Site Construction: Container homes can be built off site and then delivered to your land ready to move in. They travel easily on typical trucks, ships, and trains. Sometimes a plot of land isn’t suitable to build on. In this case, one can get the shipping container home made at a local workshop and then the finished product can be delivered to the plot of land.
Relocatable: They can be relocated (including their foundations), so they can be moved from season to season, turning from fish camp to surf shack.
Safety: A major problem with remote and rural infrastructure is the risk of break-ins. Containers need a blowtorch or dynamite to break into, and are too heavy to lift up and make-off with without anyone noticing. This contributes to making it a safe structure for use in remote areas. They can also be secured against storms.