WebUrbanist on steel shipping container reuse

### weburbanist.com 26 May 2008
Architecture & Design
10 Clever Architectural Creations Using Cargo Containers: Shipping Container Homes and Offices
By Urbanist
With the green theme growing in popularity across every stretch of the world, more and more people are turning to cargo container homes for green alternatives for office, and even new home, construction. There are countless numbers of empty, unused shipping containers around the world just sitting on the shipping docks and taking up space. The reason for this is that it’s too expensive for a country to ship empty containers back to the their origin in most cases, it’s just cheaper to buy new containers from Asia. The result is an extremely high surplus of empty shipping containers that are just waiting to become someone’s home or office.
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Related links at WebUrbanist:
14.12.09 30 Cargo Container Offices, Stores and Businesses
1.12.09 30 Steel Shipping Container House & Home Designs
25.8.08 Design or Buy Shipping Container Homes
1.6.08 More Awesome Shipping Container Homes

Photo source: WebUrbanist

The grey-coloured cliffside house at Happy Valley (pictured above) was Wellington’s first container house. It was designed by Ross Stevens, one of New Zealand’s leading industrial designers. Stevens is a senior lecturer at the School of Design, Victoria University.

Further information:
House Location Map
20.4.08 New Photographs by Tim Stephens
23.5.08 Inhabitat article

ResearchArchive @ Victoria
Sustainability in Prefabricated Architecture: A Comparative Life Cycle Analysis of Container Architecture for Residential Structures (2010)
[Master of Architecture Thesis]
Author: Palma Olivares, Alejo Andres
Advisor: Robert Vale

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


Filed under #eqnz, Architecture, Construction, Design, Economics, Geography, Inspiration, Project management, Site, Town planning, Urban design

2 responses to “WebUrbanist on steel shipping container reuse

  1. Elizabeth

    ### stuff.co.nz Last updated 05:00 30/10/2011
    Ravaged retail centre reborn
    By Lois Cairns – Sunday Star Times
    Christchurch’s new container mall enthralled shoppers yesterday. After eight months living in a quake-battered home, Erin Higgins needed a morale boost – and she got it yesterday when her beloved department store Ballantynes reopened its doors for the first time since February’s deadly shake. Built out of shipping containers, the precinct is home to more than 20 shops and represents a new beginning for Christchurch’s quake-ravaged CBD. An excited mayor Bob Parker told the thousands who gathered yesterday for the official opening of the precinct that it was a “genesis moment… This marks the beginning of our city making the most extraordinary comeback.”
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    ### stuff.co.nz Last updated 15:27 29/10/2011
    City Mall is ‘absolutely fabulous’
    By Martin Moore and Ben Heather – The Press
    At least 10,000 shoppers and sightseers have visited the City Mall today – the first time the city has opened since February 22. Mayor Bob Parker said about 7000 people had been at the mall gates for the midday opening ceremony and many more had visited this afternoon. He said the opening had felt “inspirational”. “It just felt so happy and incredibly emotional. I’ve spoken to a lot of people who felt the same way. There was a hunger, an almost extreme desire for people to be there and experience it and to laugh and smile. It was very, very happy.”
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    ### stuff.co.nz Last updated 14:22 29/10/2011
    Video: ‘Incredibly funky’ – The Press
    Prime Minister John Key paid tribute to those who lost their lives in the February earthquake before cutting the ribbon to re-open Cashel Mall. “It is a great tragedy for their families and we’re never going to forget those 182 people.” Key also congratulated those behind the reopening of the City Mall. When he was first told by Earthquake Minister Gerry Brownlee the city hoped to reopen Cashel Street before Cup and Show Week, he had replied: “You’ve got to be joking.” The reopening on time was “a credit” to all involved.
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