The shipping container: a modular, standardized, portable initially used to transport a range of cargo across the globe, has discovered in the field of architecture for their enormous possibilities of utilization.
They are cheap to manufacture they can provide a low cost, ease of installment and hundreds of options to create comfortable inhabitable spaces.
The last few years have been the source of inspiration of architects and designers that use these steel enclosures, to create flexible and adaptable spatial properties, with different configuration, which can be constructed anywhere.
The best shipping container structures of 2014 are original, cheap, and impressive modular units.
The Container Bar
The container bar’ in Austin, Texas, was designed by north arrow studio in collaboration with hendley | knowles design studio. The bar has been constructed using recycled shipping containers, which can offer a variety of experiences within the one venue, the re-purposed units are arranged to provide both open and enclosed spaces.
Tagus Linear Park
Tagus park offers a variety of leisure outdoor spaces including upper and lower balconies, a breezeway, for the community of Póvoa de Santa Iria. The architects responsible for this project ,atelier Difusor de Arquitectura, reused a group of shipping containers to form a service building for the site.
AUDI’s Shipping Container Scorboard
The German car brand Audi has built for or the 2014 football world cup a giant scoreboard displaying on a structure made from 28 audi A8 models and 45 shipping containers. This construction is visible from miles away, the towering structure broadcasted match results live throughout the global event.
Mill Junction Silos
Mill Junction is affordable student accommodation made of a converted unused grain silos in Johannesburg. ‘Mill junction’ comprises 375 individual apartments, in addition to a host of study facilities, libraries, lounges and computer rooms.
In the Torigoe district of Tokyo, Tomokazu Hayakawa architects designed a small mixed-use building made of two shipping containers. The irregular composition of the structure on the site makes a distinction from its context, encouraging connectivity with the active downtown area.
Trumpe Cadde Comercial Center
In Istanbul, international studio GAD Architecture has designed a urban planutilizing modular shipping containers and terraces. The architects organized over two levels, a series of paths of different sizes, commercial units and gardens, reminding a modern bazaar.
Designed by hong-kong-based OVA studio, the ‘hive-inn’ is a conceptual hotel structure that uses containers to create flexible and dynamic building . The project predicts possibilities for applications, the rooms can be shipped to whatever location is required and used for multiple functions such as offices, leased to various individuals.
Dwell is original project from the Hong Kong and Australia based business G-pod. The container has structures made from shipping containers, developed the self-sufficient and transportable home ‘. The design is focused on environmentally conscious living, and operates off power grids and water mains.