2nd life for shipping containers

Ed Marsh | Feb 16, 2012

A different perspective on an unusual topic

This post originally appeared on the Piers blog here http://pierstransportation.wordpress.com/2012/02/07/what-happens-to-old-shipping-containers/

You may think of TEUs, but others think of coffee shops and a myriad of other creative uses.


PIERS recently featured a link on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter to an article about Starbucks’ creative use of an old shipping container. The new concept store that opened just south of Seattle features a “Reclamation Drive-Thru” made out of repurposed shipping containers.


This got us wondering – what else can you do with recycled containers? Apparently, container buildings have become more prominent in recent years as green building innovations have emerged. Check out some other ways containers are being used for.



Container Homes
The Daily Green reports that container architecture is taking the world by storm. Recycled freight containers bring efficiency, flexibility and
affordability to innovative green buildings, from small vacation cabins to movable cafes, schools and skyscrapers. This apartment building (below) is a prime example.






More Commercial Spaces
This restaurant in Paris below in mixes elegance with an industrial feel. It is a part of an overall campus designed by French architect Jean Nouvel for Seguin Island in western Paris. The recently completed complex includes a giant greenhouse and restaurant called Les Grandes Tables.





Works of Art
Inhabitat.com reported on this unusual CargoGuitar, which is the product of an artistic collaboration from the Kobe Biennale in Japan, which converts a cargo container into an enormous, playable guitar. Artists Marcelo Ertorteguy, Takahiro Fukuda, and Sara Valente created this immersive sound experience that allows visitors to feel and see what it is like inside a giant guitar.