The use of containers as a building material has grown in popularity of the past several years due to their inherent strength, wide availability, and relatively low expense. We have also started to see people build homes with containers because they are seen as more eco-friendly than traditional building materials such as brick and cement.

We at DzineTrip are strong advocates of sustainability and innovations  and we would like to share 7 inspirational container structures that could change the face of urban architecture.

1. ANGLED SHIPPING CONTAINER HOUSES A SCISSOR STAIRCASE

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 Tel Aviv-based Potash Architects repurposed seven shipping containers and transformed them into an office building accommodating office spaces, recreational areas and technical facilities. Named Shipping Container Terminal, the building is located at the Port of Ashdod cargo area which is about 40 kilometers south of Tel Aviv…READ MORE

 

2. BAR IN TEXAS DESIGNED WITH SHIPPING CONTAINERS

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Designed by North Arrow Studio with the help of Hendley | Knowles Design Studio, this hip style bar, spread over an area of 8000 sq feet, is construed by stacking the containers on top of one another to create a open, double-height bar area covered with corrugated metal panels…READ MORE

3. CATHEDRAL BUILT WITH CARDBOARD AND SHIPPING CONTAINERS

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Japanese architect Shigeru Ban was asked to design a temporary space that could be used to hold services and events. Considering the budget and time constraints, Shigeru Ban came up with a very innovation and unique solution in the form of a cardboard cathedral. The cathedral with a capacity of 700 people is made from 98 cardboard tubes and 8 steel shipping containers…READ MORE

 

4. SHIPPING CONTAINER LIBRARY AND CLINIC IN INDONESIA DESIGNED BY DPAVILION ARCHITECTS

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This library and clinic in Indonesia designed by Surabaya based firm DPavilion Architects is unique and fresh, breaking the boundaries of the conventional block-like container architecture…READ MORE

5. ATIRA BUILDS CANADA’S FIRST CONTAINER HOUSING COMPLEX

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Builders love old shipping containers. Structurally sound, if not a little ugly, they can be turned into instant structures. Drive-through banks or coffee kiosks come to mind. They’ve even been turned into single family homes. Now, a Vancouver non-profit is going one step further, creating Canada’s first multi-unit housing complex comprised entirely of recycled containers…READ MORE

 

6. STARBUCKS IN SHIPPING CONTAINERS

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Builders love old shipping containers. Structurally sound, if not a little ugly, they can be turned into instant structures. Drive-through banks or coffee kiosks come to mind. They’ve even been turned into single family homes. Now, a Vancouver non-profit is going one step further, creating Canada’s first multi-unit housing complex comprised entirely of recycled containers…READ MORE

 

7. HOTEL BUILT IN SHIPPING CONTAINERS

Xiang Xiang Pray House - 01Beijing based firm Tonghe Shanzhi Landscape Designhas created a hotel named Xiang Xiang Pray House which is built in shipping containers – Restaurant, bar & rooms – there’s one container for each of them. The concept was inspired by an emergency housing system built in such containers in Changshi, a rural village in China…READ MORE

Have you spotted any cool container architecture in your city? Fell free to share original projects with us at publication@dzinetrip.com and we shall be happy to showcase it on our website.

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