General Motors’ Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant is teaming up with the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative (MUFI) to build a house from a shipping container.

General Motors’ Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant is teaming up with the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative (MUFI) to build a house from a shipping container.

Designed to show how materials can be reused instead of discarded, the house will be constructed from a standard shipping container and will feature reclaimed wood and Chevrolet Volt battery cases which will be used as planter boxes.

When construction is completed later this spring, the house will feature two bedrooms, a bathroom and a kitchen. While it will only have 320 square feet of living space, it should be more than enough for the university student who will live in there year round.

According to Detroit-Hamtramck plant manager Doneen McDowell "This innovative project allows our facility to give back even more and be an integrated community partner while reusing materials that would otherwise be discarded."

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