"Providing new and used container conversions delivered the space solutions they required with the cost effective results. Converted 20' and 40' containers were transformed into retail facilities for a range of businesses, with the internal shop fitting designed to suit the company's needs."
The striking two-story structure has walkways, staircases and balconies for public space. Andy adds: “Once again converted containers delivered the quickest and most cost-effective solution, offering modular offsite construction with minimal disruption onsite.”
More often designers are thinking outside the box when creating shipping container conversions.
The growth of container architecture is producing buildings which are stunning aesthetically, as well as being functional solutions for many sectors. It’s true to say that these container building solutions are causing quite a stir. The USA Today newspaper recently highlighted some of these innovative projects being created and delivered around the world.
They include Fullscreen Copper and Kings Distillery in Louisville, where six shipping container conversions have been transformed into a popular boutique, café and visitors’ centre.
Container Park in Las Vegas is a multi-story project and includes galleries, bars and restaurants, along with a tree house play area, all guarded by a giant praying mantis made from recycled metal!
Another standout project is Box Office in Rhode Island. This is an abandoned warehouse that is now home to 32 shipping container conversions that provide offices and studios. The community are proud of the solar powered project and its strong green credentials.
The speed of construction of shipping container buildings is a really strong point when it comes to considering a conversion project. It was a big positive in Christchurch in New Zealand when it looked to rebuild after its 2011 earthquake.
Start Café, made from three containers, opened shortly after the disaster and donated a percentage of its sales to restoring a theatre that had been badly damaged in the city.
Nearer to home, here in the UK BoxPark in London’s up and coming Shoreditch area is a collection of container buildings that are home to an eclectic mix of restaurants, independent retailers and pop-up facilities. You can read our blog "Shipping container conversions offering new solutions for retail" which gives an insight into the growing appetite for container conversion retail units.
Container conversions are also recognised by many organisations as a way to tackle the homelessness problem in our towns and cities, with several housing projects now in the public eye and making headlines.
And a seven-story student housing block in Glasgow has grown up on an old unused industrial site, created by 500 shipping containers. As well as bedroom accommodation, the design for the property includes a karaoke room, cinema and helter-skelter slide between floors.
Modified shipping containers are driving new thinking from architects, developers and communities, and Eldapoint is championing the market growth.
Andy Blount concludes: “Our work in this area continues to grow and the ideas being brought to us for projects are very exciting. The critical element for anyone looking to use shipping containers for new build projects, is having a partner that completely understands the product. They need to work with you throughout planning, design, manufacturing and through to completion.”
Our container conversion division believes the solutions that converted containers offer are almost limitless. One company in British Colombia is even turning containers into stunning backyard swimming pools.