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.