We are gradually seeing more and more shipping container architecture projects popping up in different locations across the world, as the re-purposing of shipping containers hits high gear.
ISO/freight containers are recognised as having many building qualities including;
You'll see that only some of the projects below are housing, but all involved architects and cover a range of uses showing just how versatile shipping containers really are, including examples of sculpture and even a playground!
There are a few good examples of containers being used on a larger scale for urban spaces.
There are student container buildings in the Netherlands, Australia, France, and we'll be tracking down more in our explorations
Events and exhibition spaces have the unique requirement of needing to be mobile, transportable, and fairly easy to set up and then demount. Thus they are perfectly suited to cargo containers.
These are a popular use of containers because of their ability to be dropped into difficult terrain and then become self-sustainable because of their compact size.
Plenty of great examples of off-the-grid homes.
My very first experience of shipping container architecture was an emergency housing prototype built here in Melbourne.
Emergency and relief housing is probably one of the ways that containers can be put to best use, but creating a stock of these relocatable homes, and initial cost is the stumbling block.
Cargo containers have already been used in playgrounds, viewing platforms, and as sculptural elements in varied projects. Here's just a few of them..
Container companies, amongst others have used shipping containers in their flagship offices as a prime example of the flexibility and usability of containers as a building form.
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