21 May 2013
What was first a simple living space idea that aired on HGTV (video below), resonated into a massive idea.
Quickly. If you were to locate the shipping storage container capital of the world, where would it be? San Francisco? London? New York? Heck, even Long Beach? Well, if Las Vegas, Nevada, didn't even cross your mind, well, join the club.
25 April 2013
Imagine the following scenario. You're on vacation, and you found this beautiful and isolated area overlooking a beach, river, or valley. Unfortunately, your hotel room is miles away. Wouldn't it be great if you could, somehow, transport your entire room to that newly found location?
Sleeping Around may be an answer. (And no, we're not talking about bed-hopping.) The European-based company has developed a "pop-up hotel," or portable rooms, that can be shipped to a desired location. The rooms are then assembled to the appropriate suite configuration.
19 March 2013
Earlier this month, we discussed cargotecture, which is the use of storage containers as living spaces whether they be for commercial purposes like an office or an actual residential home to sit back and relax after a busy day. As we said, with some thinking and ingenuity, a so-called eye sore can be a work of art or at, the very least, a comfortable work environment.
07 March 2013
As puzzling as this may sound to some, the container-structure trend has been spreading like wildfire. The association typically affiliated with shipping containers is that they are used for cargo and they are just giant metal boxes. They can be just an empty shell, but a person with the right amount of creativity can take these seemingly industrial looking pieces of furniture and turn them into a beautiful living space, a happening bar, an exquisite restaurant, or a swanky hotel.
26 January 2013
A large building in Shanghai, China appears to be made out of a total of 70 shipping containers. Tony’s Farm is a large organic fruit and vegetable farm that has a visitor center which has been constructed entirely out of used shipping containers. The complex measures 11,400 square feet and includes a gift shop, office space, reception area, and a lobby for a future hotel that will be built out of shipping containers. The architecture follows traditional Chinese style with a bit of a green twist. Shipping containers have caught the eye of many people looking for cheaper and more sustainable building materials.
The building’s design made energy consumption a priority. The architects at Playze, a Berlin-based firm stated: “In order to cope with the high aspirations of the client regarding the protection of the environment, several strategies have been used to reduce the energy consumption of the building. The entire structure is well insulated, even though the containers appear in its raw form. The original container doors have been perforated and serve as external shading blinds at the sun exposed facades to minimize solar heat gain. A geothermal heat pump delivers energy for the air conditioning and floor heating systems. Controlled ventilation helps to optimize air exchange rates and therefore to minimize the energy loss through uncontrolled aeration."