By Tyler Falk
Posting in Architecture
Providence, R.I., has a 3-story, 10,000 square-foot office building that was made with 32 recycled shipping containers.
Shipping container architecture is certainly not a new concept. We've seen it used for everything from a Starbucks to pop-up grocery stores. But that doesn't make it any less interesting when stackable shipping containers are used to make buildings.
In Providence, R.I., a 3-story, 10,000 square-foot office building, aptly named the "Box Office," has been built using 32 recycled shipping containers.
Like many of the designs that use shipping containers, sustainability was a top priority, using sustainable building material and cutting energy use. It's also half the cost of a conventional building. This one cost $1.8 million, NPR reported.
But the challenge for this building is something other shipping container stores, like the Starbucks container store, don't have to deal with. This building actually has to attract companies and organization willing to pay to work in the space. So far, the building has been relatively successful leasing out space. Currently, it is 75 percent full. Not bad for working in a box.
Would you want to work in a shipping container office?
Photo: Nat Rea/distill studio
Mar 14, 2012
Yes yes, I know insulation is the solution, but the photo of the buildings only show the outside of the container, therefore, all insulation, wiring and plumbing are on the inside. If you have ever been inside of a container, their dimentions are already quite restricted. I suspect that all the additions, to make them have comfortable environments, would reduce their internal dimentions by about 6 inches (15 cm) on the outside surface areas (walls, floors and ceiling). To make a better sales pitch, this article should have included a floor plan layout and inside photos.
The original story describes the building as "like any other office space" & "windows, electric and plumbing". There will also be a foundation, flooring, wallboard, drop ceiling, heating & AC units, an elevator, stairways, the structural steel frame that holds it all together, the parking lot & landscaping. There's no mention of whether the $1.8M included the cost of the site, utility lines, or access to the building.
I agree that such a building is structurally stronger, but steel transmits heat too well, making temperature regulation a bit of a challange.