Shipping Container Architecture

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

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.


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Do you know St Paul’s Cathedral?

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.

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