Archinect - News 2017-08-19T18:36:44-04:00 These architects actually proposed building the border wall with shipping containers and micro-housing units Nicholas Korody 2017-03-09T12:35:00-05:00 >2017-03-11T17:53:31-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="352" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>What if the border wall proposed by Trump didn&rsquo;t have to be built in concrete, but rather out of that ubiquitous staple of BArch theses and &ldquo;pop-up&rdquo; urbanism, shipping containers? That&rsquo;s the twee take of DOMO Design Studio, who propose a &ldquo;softer, gentler&rdquo; version of the wall, wherein shipping containers line the US/Mexico border. And, if that wasn&rsquo;t enough, the shipping containers will include other tropes of contemporary urbanism, from retail spaces to micro housing.</p><p>Yep, that&rsquo;s right: DOMO Design Studio imagines you might want to live in a tiny home within a piece of divisive infrastructure! It&rsquo;s the Bushwick of xenophobic nationalism: a dystopia of hipster consumerism set within an aestheticized landscape populated by the signifiers of the post-industrial economy!&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;One of our goals was to not be like the Great Wall of China or the Berlin Wall or any of those typologies that represent division,&rdquo; principal architect Francisco Llado told <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Politico</a>. &ldquo;Our design is not about division bu...</p> Introducing Bjarke Ingels' floating student housing, "Urban Rigger" Julia Ingalls 2016-09-22T12:48:00-04:00 >2016-10-17T17:04:23-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="443" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Bjarke Ingels has found the elusive silver lining in global sea level rise and the European affordable housing crisis in the form of "Urban Rigger," a series of inexpensive student housing complexes that are designed to float in the sea, especially in those cities which have dense urban cores next to the waterfront. The idea here is to provide students with affordable digs that are close to class while simultaneously making the most out of changing climate conditions and post-industrial port repurposing. The first complete Urban Rigger has already been assembled in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Copenhagen</a>.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>According to an article in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FastCompany</a>, "Each unit, which can house 12 students at once, is composed of modular shipping containers. These modules are powered by a photovoltaic array and use a heat-exchange system that draws upon the thermal mass of water to warm and cool the interiors. Meanwhile, an aerogel developed by NASA insulates the interiors."</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For the latest on Bjarke Ingels:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Play "Arkinoid" arcade on BIG...</a></li></ul> POP Brixton to open in late May 2015 Joachim Perez 2015-05-04T12:52:00-04:00 >2015-05-12T22:39:41-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="481" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Created from low-cost, low-energy, shipping containers, the refreshing design has a focus on sustainability and efficiency. The converted units will create a mini-city, providing much needed flexible studio, retail, office and workshop space in one of London&rsquo;s most vibrant communities.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For those of you that miss the<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Dekalb Market in Brooklyn</a>, a new shipping container campus will be opening later this month in London. &nbsp;Designed by<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Carl Turner Architects</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">POP Brixton</a> promises to be an incubator space for start-ups and small business, as well hosting private parties, community film screenings, street kiosks, workshops and more. Construction has already begun on the project with an opening scheduled later this month.</p> In Brooklyn, Rejecting the Monotony of the Glass-and-Steel Look Alexander Walter 2014-02-17T14:49:00-05:00 >2014-02-18T16:55:06-05:00 <img src="" width="600" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>David Boyle did not build his house out of shipping containers to be hip, though he does live in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He left the water pipes exposed not in pursuit of an industrial chic aesthetic, but to make them easier to fix. [...] Their goal, he said, was not style, but a place immune to the neighborhood&rsquo;s rising rents, built out of materials cheap enough that it could inspire other urban homesteaders to do the same.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Editor's Picks #305 Nam Henderson 2013-03-05T11:42:00-05:00 >2013-03-08T18:47:42-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="861" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>vado retro summed up the design "a box within a box and one box the one inside, the inside box is at an angle. oh and there are trees" but Alex Gomez added "Although the facade is superficial, I feel it will succeed in attracting &lsquo;qualitative and quantitative tourist flows in the area,&rsquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>News</strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><br> Over at, Bernard Tschumi Architects unveiled the schematic design for the firm's first work in Italy: ANIMA, a new cultural center in the city of Grottammare</a>. The project has been commissioned by the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Ascoli Piceno and the Municipality of Grottammare and is expected to be completed by 2016.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> In the description of the project, it states: &ldquo;<em>Could one design a facade without resorting to formal composition? Could one design a facade that would be neither abstract nor figurative, but formless, so to speak? Our motivation in raising these questions was both economic and cultural: At a time of economic crisis, to indulge in formal geometries made out of complex volumetric curves did not seem a responsible option. The time of &lsquo;Iconism&rsquo; seemed to be over</em>".</p> <p> <strong>vado retro</strong> summed up the design "<em>a box within a box and one box the one inside, the inside box is at an angle. oh and there are trees</em>" but <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alex Gomez</a> added "<em>Although the facade is s...</em></p> Architect/Contractor Couple Builds Home Out of Shipping Containers in Williamsburg Archinect 2013-03-01T12:54:00-05:00 >2013-03-04T13:42:59-05:00 <img src="" width="640" height="480" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The couple bought a 20-by-40-foot piece of land at 351 Keap St. in 2008, trying to get ahead of the wave of gentrification they feared would soon price them out of Williamsburg. Initially, they planned to build a tiny home out of bricks and mortar, but when they put out a bid, it came back as potentially costing half a million dollars.</p></em><br /><br /><p> After doing some calculations, they decided to make it work with shipping containers.</p> In cramped Hong Kong, a home under the bridge Archinect 2013-02-28T16:12:00-05:00 >2013-02-28T16:36:05-05:00 <img src="" width="600" height="399" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It is in empty spaces like [under Hong Kong's overpasses] that a group is campaigning for the government to build youth hostels, arts performance venues, offices for small- to mid-sized businesses and, most intriguingly, temporary housing. The group sees this unused land as an opportunity to alleviate Hong Kong&rsquo;s problem of young people not being able to afford to rent in the world&rsquo;s most expensive property market.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Emergence of Container Urbanism Places Journal 2013-02-13T14:33:00-05:00 >2013-02-18T18:09:09-05:00 <img src="" width="525" height="362" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In its most far-reaching aspects, container urbanism proposes to take the fundamental organic/architectural condition of containment further by exploring how a boundary might be better coordinated, even merged with the flow of material/ideas. Can containment equate more closely with transmission and, in so doing, position architecture and urbanism more in line with societal mobility and change?</p></em><br /><br /><p> The repurposed shipping container has become a fixture of urban architecture &mdash; part of a movement, as Mitchell Schwarzer argues, toward an "urban design as flexible, responsive and electric as the currents that feed it."</p> <p> On Places, Schwarzer examines the rise of container urbanism from the mid 20th century to now, from Archigram and the Metabolists in the '60s to the pop-up markets and modular housing of today; and he sees in this latest phase a "landmark change" for architecture.&nbsp;</p> <p> "By facilitating an almost instant building complex," he writes, "the containers put architectural production more in sync with the speed and transitoriness of contemporary life, forcing it to respond to a city&rsquo;s many complex, adaptive systems."</p> Forget Big-Box Stores. How About A Big-Box House? Archinect 2012-05-30T16:33:00-04:00 >2012-05-30T16:35:08-04:00 <img src="" width="624" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A Seattle firm, HyBrid Architecture, has used shipping containers to build cargotecture one-room cabins and multistory office parks. HyBrid co-founder Robert Humble says the containers pose some specific challenges: They have industrial paints and coatings to deal with, and they're just steel boxes with no real frame. But essentially, he says, it's a building material.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> NY's Whitney Museum Adds a New Shipping Container Art Studio Designed by LOT-EK DianePham 2012-05-16T10:42:00-04:00 >2012-05-17T15:40:06-04:00 <img src="" width="537" height="357" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This week the Whitney Museum inaugurated a brand new exhibition and studio space designed by shipping container architects-extraordinaire LOT-EK. An ultra-modern and eco-friendly addition to complement the museum's 1960s concrete brutalist construction, the new structure was commissioned by the Whitney as a space where the museum could hold special exhibits and house activities for the Whitney education program.</p></em><br /><br /><p> More about the project <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> With 'Power in a Box,' Princeton students win national competition Archinect 2012-05-02T15:34:00-04:00 >2012-05-02T15:35:00-04:00 <img src="" width="400" height="647" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Converting a standard shipping container into a sustainable source of energy for remote or disaster-torn regions, a team of Princeton University students took top honors in an 18-month national competition that culminated April 21 and 22 on the Washington, D.C., Mall.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> DeMaria’s RED BULL Container Building Receives AIA Design Award DeMaria 2012-01-12T14:09:00-05:00 >2012-01-12T14:51:20-05:00 <img src="" width="500" height="368" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The American Institute of Architects Long Beach/South Bay Chapter, celebrates outstanding architecture through its Biennial Design Awards Program and last month, Peter DeMaria of DeMaria Design Assoc., picked up an AIA Excellence in Design Award. &nbsp;Recognized for his shipping container based nomadic structure, the RED BULL FMX Digital Lounge/Data Center, DeMaria continues to push the exploration of cargo containers as a viable and sustainable building block.</p> <p> The RED BULL project, initially set up in Lake Piru, CA, a wild fire prone area with dust/dirt proliferation and 100+ degree temperatures, is now bound for a new RED BULL training destination.</p> <p> The project program required a rapidly deployed, mobile and fire resistant structure. Housing a data/digital center, an energy drink bar and a spot for the FMX professional freestyle motocross riders to chill out, the two 20&rsquo; long cargo containers create a collapsable 480 sq.ft. structure.</p> <p> Designed for rugged terrain, the diamond pl...</p> This Starbucks cafe is made from shipping containers Archinect 2011-12-08T12:19:00-05:00 >2012-12-04T23:20:30-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We already suspected the Starbucks of the future might be serving a whole lot of juice. Now, it looks like tomorrow&rsquo;s Starbucks cafes might be rectangular and metal &mdash; and look suspiciously like shipping containers.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Shipping containers used for first 'pop-up' shopping mall Archinect 2011-12-05T15:57:31-05:00 >2011-12-08T09:16:02-05:00 <img src="" width="640" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Built on a temporary site and made entirely from recycled shipping containers, London's latest retail park lays claim to be the world's first ever "pop-up" shopping mall. The aptly-named "Boxpark" opened for business today along a vacant strip of east London's fashionable Shoreditch High Street. It is composed of 60 standard-size shipping containers, stacked two stories high and five rows wide.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Miyagi completes work on temporary housing Archinect 2011-11-08T18:24:00-05:00 >2012-10-19T14:20:08-04:00 <img src="" width="540" height="362" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Both the two- and three-story buildings, quakeproof and made from freight containers, were designed by architect Shigeru Ban. The second and third floors have balconies. Units are built in a staggered fashion to curb noise disturbance.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Information Center for Little Tokyo Design Week: Future City Archinect 2011-07-11T19:55:11-04:00 >2011-07-12T11:45:48-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> LA architecture office <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">INABA</a> and NYC graphic designers <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MTWTF</a> have shared with us their design for the information center for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Little Tokyo Design Week: Future City</em></a>. The festival, which opens this Thursday, July 14, celebrates the intersection of Japanese design and technology with experimental architecture in Southern California. The event in Los Angeles&rsquo; Little Tokyo will feature exhibitions, panel discussions, and other public activities that explore future approaches to urbanism.</p> <p> <img alt="" src=""></p> <p> The information center displays a video that introduces the festival and which features participating designers and scholars. The exterior of INABA and MTWTF&rsquo;s project borrows graphic elements of the <em>LTDW</em> theme logo to create a new font. The word &lsquo;info&rsquo; is spelled out and repeated as a black and white pattern on three sides. Along the two long interior walls letters of the info font are scaled up into a large graphic that appears to change in form and color as the visitor moves through the space.</p> <p> ...</p> Heated Controversy Over Shipping Container Prison Cells in Australia Diane Pham 2011-05-09T13:52:41-04:00 >2011-05-13T07:12:25-04:00 <img src="" width="537" height="402" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a move that could be viewed by some as a regression to the late 1800s when convicts were shipped from England to Van Diemens Land (Australia), a local prison will next week begin a trial housing inmates within shipping containers converted into maximum security cells.&nbsp;Political proponents calim they are safe, secure and cheap; civil libetarians say they are inhumane and not secure. &nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><p> Inexpensive yes, but effective?</p> Staxxon – The Amazing Folding Container Paul Petrunia 2011-05-03T19:48:24-04:00 >2011-05-03T21:12:29-04:00 <img src="" width="620" height="412" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Staxxon&rsquo;s primary objective is to develop a vertical folding and nesting method for empty containers that removes the most expensive commodity container cargo &ndash; air &ndash; and replaces air with folded and nested empty containers that meet existing CSC structural and weathertight standards for dry containers when unfolded.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Will this lead to a new form of container architecture?</p>