Gone are the days when a storage container is merely for storing valuable things that must be kept in storage with tight security. Architects all over the world find innovative uses for the portable containers that you did not even think possible.
The different architects were able to convert the portable containers into sustainable structures that can be used by retail shops and construction companies to safeguard their equipment and materials against theft and other elements. Around the world, the architects and business owners are discovering new and creative ways of transforming the containers into stunningly beautiful places where individuals can eat, live, shop and work.
Canned Ice Cream Parlor
In Hayes Village, San Francisco, you can find a unique ice cream parlor created from 40-feet portable containers. The contractor cut the storage container in half and converted it into something with a more industrial feel to complement the product being sold.
The Container Cities and Village
In London’s Trinity Buoy Wharf during 2001, Container City 1 has emerged. The project converted the portable containers into office and housing units that are easy on the budget. It took the firm that handled the project only four days to complete the Container City. Because it was well received by the people, the same firm managed to complete another container-based structure and promised to have more underway.
In 2006, a Dutch company has finished the biggest container village in the world and called it Keetwonen. The said container village was made from modified shipping containers and around one thousand students call it their home away from home.
Italy’s Convertible Café
A unique convertible café can be found in Trieste, Italy. The coffee company named Illy and architect Adam Kalkin converted a portable container into a one of a kind café where people can enjoy a good cup of coffee any time of the day. By just touching a button, the storage container unfolds into a lovely café and all it takes is 90 seconds. The only downside about the said café is that you will only enjoy a good cup if the weather is sunny without a chance of rainfall.
In 2005, a different kind of museum and exhibit debuted in New York. The portable museum was designed by a Japanese architect named Shigeru Ban using the portable containers. It was designed to showcase the work of artist/photographer Gregory Colbert. From New York, the exhibit has gone to Mexico City and Tokyo.
A Different Bank
In Germany, a temporary bank branch was built using the portable shipping containers. It may not be a head turner but it was able to serve its purpose really well.
There are lots of other structures that architects were able to come up with using the portable containers. There are structures that you will come to love and there are also those you wanted to forget. There are things that you can consider really helpful and there are those that contributed nothing in the end. All in all, the structures were able to capture the things that the owner wanted to impart.
Using the portable containers for keeping things safe is no longer the only option for the humble containers. All over the world, the architects and entrepreneurs still continue to discover other possibilities for the portable containers. Don’t be surprised to find other peculiar uses of a storage container in other parts of the world. Creativity has no limit and as long as there are creative minds in the face of the planet, you should expect the unexpected and hope that it will benefit the mankind a lot.