Shipping Container Art School in Korea
Another ingenious structure by LOT-EK features eight shipping containers stacked and cut on a 45-degree angle with some of the side walls removed to create a larger space in a fishbone pattern. One container angles downward as an entrance and exit to the elevated space, and another juts upward as a lookout point. Two artist-in-residence studios as well as a large multipurpose rooms can be found within.
Antarctica Research Center
Individual shipping containers were transported on a barge and then carried to the final assembly site via helicopter for a remote research station in Antarctica, coming together into an aerodynamic, self-sufficient whole. German firm Bof Arkitekten wrapped 134 containers in a metal skin for the 27,000-square-foot Bharati Antarctic Research Station, making them as easy to assemble and disassemble as possible due to restricted accessibility. In addition to the workspace on the bottom floor, there’s a second floor with 24 single and double rooms, a kitchen and dining room, library, fitness rooms, offices and a lounge. On the third level, a terrace offers space for scientific experiments.
Cross-Shaped Barneveld Noord Station
Three shipping containers, one turned on its end, create a powerful emblem for the town of Barneveld Noord in the Netherlands. The temporary structure acts as a cafe, information desk and waiting area for travelers, bringing human interaction to a public transit stop that was previously uninhabited. NL Architects will repeat the framework at twenty railway stations throughout the nation.
Telescoping Container House
Casa Oruga, or ‘Caterpillar House,’ stretches modular shipping containers down a hillside so that the ends are cantilevered, creating a telescoping effect that puts the focus on the beautiful landscape and allows air to flow freely throughout the house. Clad in rusted Corten steel, the containers rest upon a glass and concrete base, and voids between them create breezeway terraces. Architect Sebastián Irarrázaval Delpiano chose the materials for their low cost and low maintenance needs.
The structurally reinforced walls of shipping containers make them perfect for cantilevered structures, such as this office by Irish architect Patrick Bradley. Working with a company that specializes in custom container projects, Bradley created a tranquil, affordable office space on a narrow sliver of a site, a good half of the building jutting out over a steep cliff.