Shipping container architecture’s popularity is gaining worldwide. It is often seen as a greener alternative to traditional building methods. There are many obvious advantages of using shipping containers as a form of architecture. They include structural strength and durability, the modular aspect of the container means design simplification and ease of transportation. They can also be pre-finished in a controlled environment and easily transported to their final destination. Shipping containers are easily available anywhere in the world.
In order for the containers to be fit for human habitation they will require vigorous cleaning and disposal of any harmful chemicals including insecticides (copper, chromium and arsenic). Often abrasive sandblasting is carried out to all internal surfaces and repainting with non-toxic paints.
Examples of successful shipping container architecture are everywhere. Besides housing, other container architecture includes hotels, pop-up facilities at events, market stalls, medical clinics, recording studios and shopping malls.
Puma City is a 11000 sq foot demountable retail space using 24 refurbished shipping containers that can be packed up and shipped anywhere in the world.
It is exciting to see the architectural form take shape.
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St Paul’s Cathedral – A majestic Melbourne landmark across from Flinders Street Station, is the seat of the Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne and Metropolitan of the Province of Victoria.
It was designed by William Butterfield in 1880, a distinguished English architect who never set foot on the site. Hand coloured and drawn plans were sent to Melbourne from England for the construction of the Cathedral.
Butterfield resigned in 1884 after many disputes and delays.
Do you know who took over and completed the work after Butterfield resigned?
Answer: The same architect who was responsible for many notable buildings in Melbourne including the State Library of Victoria (1854), Melbourne Town Hall (1869) and the Royal Exhibition Building (1879). Joseph Reed.
It takes a lifetime to create a home!
If you get the bones right your home can change or develop as you do.
You can add seasonal colour or add additional detail found in the ever changing delights that are products and fashion items. Your home will always be a dynamic flexible space that reflects your mood.
Start with good bones.
- Natural Light and Aspect – north light, east light, the “view”.
- Scale – consider variation and proportion of internal volumes which in turn creates a variation of light and shade.
- Texture – Texture in the built fabric and internal furnishings – exposed internal brick, polished stone, thick plush carpets/ rugs, rustic timber.
- Visual Highlights – Avoid clinical by layering a tonal palette and then adding features and contrasts – furniture, wallpaper, lighting, artwork. These are always able to be changed, keeping your space fresh.
- Know your colour personality – choose colours that appeal to you, not necessarily those that are a current trend. That way you will always love it!