Shipping Containers Can Be Used for Retail, Residential Projects & Beyond

Image courtesy The Buchan Group

Architect: The Buchan Group

Shipping containersare in many ways an ideal building material. They are designed to carry heavy loads and to be stacked in high columns. They are also designed to resist harsh environments – such as on ocean-going vessels or sprayed with road salt while transported on roads. Due to their high strength, containers are useful for secure storage.

All shipping containers are made to standard measurements and as such they provide modular elements that can be combined into larger structures. This simplifies design, planning and transport. As they are already designed to interlock for ease of mobility during transportation, structural construction is completed by simply emplacing them. Due to the containers’ modular design additional construction is as easy as stacking more containers. They can be stacked up to 12 high when empty.

Pre-fabricated modules can also be easily transported by ship, truck or rail, because they already conform to standard shipping sizes.

Used shipping containers are available across the globe.

Many used containers are available at a cost that is low compared to a finished structure built by other labor-intensive means such as bricks and mortar — which also require larger more expensive foundations. Construction involves very little labor and used shipping containers requiring only simple modification can be purchased from major transport companies for as little as US $1,200 each. Even when purchased brand new they seldom cost more than US $6,000.

“Temporary” Uses

“One year after a 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 185 people, much of the city still lies in disarray. The central business district remains restricted to the public, with guards standing sentry at access points. Within this “red zone,” innumerable residential and public buildings have been earmarked for partial or complete demolition, including the iconic, Gothic Revival Christchurch Cathedral, whose 19th-century spire and tower sustained heavy damage. New Zealand economists speculate the rebuild will cost insurance companies between $15 million and $25 million.”  Click here for the rest of the story.

Image courtesy The Buchan Group

Architect: The Buchan Group
“Another temporary project is the Re:START shipping container mall, a 27-store complex located just outside of the city’s cordoned-off center. When Re:START opened on October 29, 2011, at the start of the country’s tourism season, thousands of people, local and foreign alike, flocked to the shopping center, says Anton Tritt, a Christchurch native and project architect with the mall’s design team, the Buchan Group. “It’s really been adopted by the local community,” he says. The mall continues to generate interest: It sees 50 percent of its foot traffic from tourists and will likely remain open beyond its projected disassembly in April 2012, pending approval by the landowners.” Click here for the rest of the story.

Image courtesy The Buchan Group

Architect: The Buchan Group

“Commercial centers are not the only building type getting the temporary treatment. Construction will soon begin on an 8,611-square-foot provisional cathedral designed by Tokyo-based architect Shigeru Ban. The $3.3 million, 700-seat church, slated to break ground at the end of April, will be made of cardboard tubing and polycarbonate, with shipping containers lining the base. It is meant to serve as a stand-in for the Christchurch Cathedral.” Click here for the rest of the story.

Image courtesy The Buchan Group

Image courtesy The Buchan Group

Architect: The Buchan Group

“Residential” Uses

Click here to see shipping containers used in residential applications.

“Other” Uses

Click here to see shipping containers used in other applications.

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Frank Cunha III
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