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Container Building is more than just the art of building blocks

Container is an element that can be applied to a wide range of areas, whether it is a hotel office, or an apartment house, in different types and scales of space, can play to their strengths, containers are a new twist on cafes, bars and office space!


Container Cafe

Foghound Coffee Cafe in Midland, South Africa is a Coffee shop built from shipping containers and designed by Earthworld Architects.

It is a small cantilevered building at the corner of the road, including a cafe and a product showroom. On the second floor, the structure juts out, and the metal facade of the blue container is striking. In addition to the shop name and cafe logo, the facade completely retains the original imprint of the container.

The idea is simple: to let guests enjoy a cup of coffee at their leisure while they look at other products. Guests usually drink their Coffee on the first floor, while on the second floor they check out the Coffee-making machines and Coffee-related products developed and produced by the cafe's Company, FOGHOUND Interactive Coffee Company.

The industrial feel of interior decoration is very strong, metal lamp tube, desk and chair, beam and container style match, the ground is simple and rough cement texture. Because of the good thermal conductivity of metal materials, in the Sun under the high temperature. So the walls are specially insulated and coated with thick polyurethane foam to keep warm air from escaping too quickly in the winter.


Container Bar

In the heart of Tokyo, I IN brought the tradition of German beer halls to Japan by designing the beer restaurant“Schmatz”.

Located in a container, the bar evokes an industrial aesthetic. Once inside, customers are greeted by a warm room with soft lighting. The wood texture is also associated with the traditional German beer hall, with the black and brass colors appropriately offsetting the warm atmosphere and bringing a more modern feel to the space. Large neon signs in the shape of hot dogs adorn the walls, adding a sense of fun to the space.

Inspired by the Domed stadium environment of Tokyo, the bar is located near a famous baseball stadium and is an ideal place for fans to enjoy authentic German beer and cuisine after watching a game. With this in mind, the designer's vision for the bar is to blend into the atmosphere of the area's sports and fashion.

The Urban Committee is located between the east and west of Berlin's Gleisdreieck Park. There, GRAFT architects designed and planned a movable brewery and beer garden.

Known as“Brlo BRWHOUSE”, the building combines a restaurant, bar and beer garden, including a brewery's living and management spaces, and is known for its modular container architecture.

Graft designed a freestanding building made of containers. The prefabricated containers are individually modified according to their functionality and stacked to form a mobile base for the local brewer Brlo. The building, which is four containers long and three containers high, covers an area of about 600 square metres and is large enough for the equipment of the brewery, as well as space for customers, activities and management.

The building is designed for temporary use for 3-5 years. It can be easily disassembled and reassembled at other locations if necessary. On the west side of the building, a vertically placed container includes a staircase that serves as an entrance to the office space. At the western end of the building, another sloping container provides access from the outside to the corridor level. The building is smoke gray, emphasizing the pragmatism of the container building.


Container office space

This office building is located in Bay 6-8, north of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Its predecessor was an abandoned factory. In order to match its ancient flavor, built from the same industrial-strength container and steel frame, it is intended to redefine“Shared office”.

Container Office, with its own warehouse-like avant-garde industrial charm, but also for the next generation of Container housing and structure to provide more imagination space. In addition to saving precious resources from a material and economic point of view, it also tries to build a bridge between the avantgarde industrial style and the fresh natural aesthetics.

Located in the port city of Itajaí, the project is a work of sustainable design by the Brazilian design team Rodrigo Kirck Arquitetura, which combines practicality with aesthetics and modular ease of use.

The office consists of four large container units that are cleverly stacked into two large spaces, topped with a smart skylight system and front and rear open curtain wall windows, allowing the entire interior space to be bathed in natural light.

The creation of this natural and friendly atmosphere is further enhanced by the ingenious design of the atrium and the terrace on the second floor. The industrial civilization and ecological natural environment created by human beings are harmoniously integrated here. Two roof gardens add to the sustainability of the building by helping to keep the building's interior warm and by taking advantage of the rainwater system to provide a green view of the office.

Rich light and shadow atmosphere, complete functional system, recyclable materials, harmonious color, and a lot of artistic creation, make this container office radiates charming charm. The graffiti on the high wall of the courtyard and the art creation that can be seen everywhere in the room interpret the various scenes and stories. The convenient container unit can create such a beautiful office, can also be used to create more personal space, or as inspiration to find more modular and practical, aesthetic methods, live in harmony with nature and practice sustainable development.

The use of containers in addition to outdoor, indoor also has a wealth of applications. The project is the Spectris Innovation Centre in Portugal, a creative office space in a warehouse.

In many cargo ports in the world there are piles of used empty containers, when the goods are transported to a country, arrived at the port and then the empty containers to the original country, the cost is very high; When people want to use the box, they prefer to buy the new one directly, which is cheaper. This leads to a lot of empty containers and waste, so it becomes a lot of new building materials. The use of large containers in architectural and interior design has become increasingly popular, not least because it is a resource reuse and seen as a greener option.

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