There are nearly 30 million shipping containers in use in the world today. Over a million of them are replaced each year by the shipping industry. A standard 20 foot unit contains about 5000 pounds of rust-proof Corten steel, so it’s not going to just disintegrate, even after spending years exposed to the elements.
Around the time that Clive Wilkinson & Associates created their award-winning office space for Pallotta Teamworks, I became fascinated with the possible uses of recycled shipping containers. Here was an opportunity to really demonstrate recycling and sustainability by giving new life these retired containers in new applications.
Pre re-purposed Shipping Containers for dTank Showroom
Our plan is to demonstrate some potential uses for these containers as retail spaces, offices, and more. We chose three 20 foot standard containers and had one side cut out to allow for better viewing of our experimental spaces.
Recycled shipping containers are nearly indestructible. Their Corten steel construction makes them virtually rustproof and their standardized design makes them easy to combine in many ways. Their strength makes them ideal for stacking. They can be cut, sliced, painted, insulated, and electrified!
dTank Showroom Shipping Containers
Our experimental project with our showroom inspired many other designs using shipping containers. This project for Smashing Boxes headquarters was built from the ground up inside their space based on the idea of utilizing a container as a space for meeting, working, or relaxing. This structure was built with full electrical access, a conference table, operating doors that open and close. The structure is even portable! The company has recently moved their headquarters and kept their custom fabricated shipping container.
dTank Custom Shipping Container fabricated for Smashing Boxes Inc.
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