In terms of flexibility, efficiency and sustainability, I think these prefab/ recycled container solutions are worth looking at. And aesthetically they look better than most standard large scale housing developments in grey, worn-out concrete….
Trinity Bouy Wharf in the London Docklands is the home to Container City I and II. All the containers are recycled shipping containers stocked together to create a 5 storey building. The flexible system of containers being linked together in different permutations to create livable and adaptable spaces like this, made it possible to develop the concept further and build office spaces, retails spaces, youth centres, artist studios, classrooms and so on. The container city projects are the work of Urban Space Management, who’s approach is to utilize shipping containers no longer in use for their original intentions. Cool to see how objects are transformed and given a new purpose!
Bellow is another container project, a student housing development in Le Havre in France by Cattani Architects. The housing consists of 100 old shipping containers, placed within a steel frame grid construction.
And lastly, a container project for an architect’s studio in Japan. Also here, the containers are arranged within a steel frame grid, and stacked on top of each other. The distinct feature with the office is that it is a temporary construction, so the structure may be disassembled and reconstructed elsewhere.