Containers have long held an  attraction for designers as the  ultimate off-the-shelf industrialised,  transport ready, stackable house  component. They are particularly  attractive in short term  developments because they  can be picked up and moved  elsewhere when the term comes to  an end. All they need are proper  doors and , fitting out with  plumbing and electrics and, hey  presto, low-cost hi-tech cool homes  for all.

Container City is the brainchild of  Eric Reynolds, Managing Director of  Urban who was  looking for a way to address the  problem of providing space at a construction cost low enough to ensure affordable rents for artists and creative startup businesses.

Constructed from redundant shipping  containers the first phase, completed  in 2001 was originally three stories  high and provided 12 studios.  In 2003 a further floor was added  providing 3 additional /work  apartments.

The containers were  off-site and upgraded as necessary  to provide the desired thermal and  acoustic performance and  to meet local building regulations.

Developer:  Urban Space Management

Architect:  Nicholas Lacey and Partners

Principal Supplier:  Container Space Ltd

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  1. Ron Griffin

    Reblogged this on Live Da Life and commented:
    Many of you are aware that one the major projects our organization is working on is housing solutions and reducing homelessness. Shipping containers are one very innovative approach and this post highlights the possibilities. Take a look at this great post from Project Journal and let us know what you think.