Until not long ago, shipping containers they created a singular mammoth landscape in the docks of the commercial ports. Stacked on top of each other, like huge, heavy pieces of Lego, produced solid multicolored volumes. A kind of fluted skyline at the edge of the sea that seemed to wait to be colonized. Well, it’s your turn. From the hand of the most avant-garde architects these containers have become a source of inspiration and new architectural material. Its evocative aesthetics, with a strong post-industrial component, and its constructive possibilities augur a new, long and fruitful life for them. Enjoy this dry dock journey!
An avant-garde and sustainable home
This unique project carried out by the architectural firm TRS Studio It is quite a declaration of intent regarding the affordable and alternative housing construction. The objective is to provide inhabited spaces for disadvantaged communities such as Pachacutec, in Peru. It is an ambitious case study that wants to become an international benchmark thanks to the creation of an organized and structurally sound constructive alternative.
Two containers, located in parallel, are used to carry it out, crowned with a high recycled polycarbonate roof that is highly resistant to the adverse climatic conditions prevailing on the site. The standardized dimensions of the containers simplify the assembly process and it allows adapting each house to the needs of its occupants.
A cellar with a view
Located in a bucolic enclave between the Tasmanian vineyards, this original winery is already a benchmark in container architecture. Australian architects of Cumulus studio they added a viewpoint and a space for experiences gourmet that attracts lovers of wine and good food to this hidden place.
Its original structure is conceived from anthracite gray containers, partly covered in local wood. Its volumes are an allegory to the personal sensations that good wine can produce “in the mouth”. The architects have created different terraces and observation points that allow you to contemplate the views of the Freycinet peninsula, while tasting the best wines of the region.
A floating house, back to the water
Far from returning to sail the oceans full of goods, this container has been converted by the work and grace of the company Containermanufaktur in a floating house of 20 m2. In summer, it has a total surface of 60 square meters with a large deck. Following the concept of building micro-homes, the second life that this iron block has been given allows it to inhabit a practical and original space. It has all the comforts: insulation, floor-to-ceiling windows, underfloor heating, wifi… Tied to the dock or floating in the waters of Lake Lalksee, east of Berlin, the Kontiki II model has become a local attraction.
There are many advantages of this type of housing: they are inexpensive, can be customized to suit the client and do not need a building permit. Interestingly, in Germany, more and more municipalities are opening their river channels to dock houseboats. A great idea, isn’t it?
A singular residence
Built as a large monolith that emerges from the pavement, this project is the work of the New York studio LOT-EK He turned an abandoned Brooklyn parcel into a very unconventional home. Carroll House was built with 21 stacked containers They were sectioned along the top and bottom. The result was a diagonal volume that houses a living area of more than 230 square meters.
But, perhaps, the most original thing about the construction is that three of the four levels of the house have uncovered patios protected from the outside thanks to the strategic cut of the container walls. A ramp at the front of the building gives access to the garage and a large cellar.
A school afloat
The Green School of Etania is a school that was created for the children of Indonesian migrants that they were forced to travel to Malaysia in subhuman conditions. The non-profit foundation Billion bricks in collaboration with the studio Architecture BRIO They devised this modular system that they hope can be replicated in other areas without resources, but in need of schools and training centers.
Green School it has space for 350 students between 5 and 13 years old. It is a safe, sustainable and capable of withstanding the frequent floods that occur in the area. Following the tradition of vernacular architecture in the region, which usually elevates buildings a few meters above the ground, the studio devised a wooden platform placed on five containers that would protect it from the waters. The building is also designed as a place of exploration for the development of student skills.
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Such is the euphoria that containerized architecture has awakened that the publisher Gestalten has edited a book that collects some of the most interesting projects internationally. Titled Container Atlas, it is a truly inspiring work and a good platform to value this new form of sustainable architecture. Containers are here to stay …