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THE WEIRD AND wonderful
WORLD OF CONTAINERS
www.flinthamcabins.com
INTRODUCTION
When it comes to shipping containers, we’re sure you immediately think of the
kind you use for storage, or the portable units that provide on-site
accommodation for a number of industries – and you’re right!
However, the use of containers has dramatically varied over recent years.
From quirky cafes to designer housing and shops, it’s fast growing! So, let’s
have a little look into the weird, wonderful and eco-friendly uses of containers...
Enjoy.
www.flinthamcabins.com
THE VERSATILITY OF CONTAINERS
Invented more than five decades ago, the modern
shipping container is the anchor of today’s global
distribution system. And while a number of resourceful
people have converted shipping containers into
shelters throughout the world for many years, recent
architects and green designers have turned to
transforming these strong yet cheap boxes into the
versatile building blocks of their artistic works.
www.flinthamcabins.com
THE VERSATILITY OF CONTAINERS CONT...
Shipping containers can be easily modified, and
offer a range of creature comforts to both
businesses and inhabitants. Due to their easy-
transportation and versatile shape, containers can
be connected and stacked to create modular,
efficient spaces for a fraction of the cost, labour and
resources of more conventional materials.
www.flinthamcabins.com
CONTAINER BUILDS
Not just for the resourceful, container architecture
has recently took the world by storm, and provides
cost-effective, flexible and efficient living for the
modern-day individual or family.
Boasting a contemporary and green theme from
source to design, recycled freight containers are an
innovative use of an otherwise disregarded object.
www.flinthamcabins.com
CONTAINER CITY
Located on Trinity Buoy Wharf, London,
Container City was installed in 2001, and was
branded the first of its kind.
The building and fitting of the site took just 5
months, and to-date now provides over 34 private
studios, offices and short and long-term
accommodation in the heart of the vibrant capital.
www.flinthamcabins.com
PROJECT KEETWONEN STUDENT ACCOMMODATION
Labelled as the largest container city in the world,
Amsterdam’s huge Keetwonen complex provides
home to 1,000 students. Designed in 2006,
Keetwonen has been a huge success, with each
resident enjoying a balcony, bathroom, kitchen,
separate sleeping, study rooms and large windows.
Due to its popularity – Keetwonen’s lease has been
extended until 2016!
www.flinthamcabins.com
SHIPPING CONTAINER OFFICE AND SHOP TOWER
In an attempt to reinforce their brand (a company that
produces faded-colour bags from recycled materials), a
German manufacturer chose to build their new office
and store tower units from stacked shipping containers.
Not only did they save on construction costs, this bold
decision helped them to make a statement as well as
promote the sustainability values of their business.
www.flinthamcabins.com
ILLY CONTAINER CAFE
Having been inspired by recent container builds,
Italian coffee roasters illycaffe decided to commission
a green architect to build the Push Button House.
In just 90 seconds, a compact metal container opens
into a fully furnished cafe, with functional kitchen,
dining room, bathroom, bedroom, living room and
even a library! Pretty cool, eh?
www.flinthamcabins.com
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The Weird and Wonderful World of Containers

  • 1. www.flinthamcabins.com THE WEIRD AND wonderful WORLD OF CONTAINERS
  • 2. www.flinthamcabins.com INTRODUCTION When it comes to shipping containers, we’re sure you immediately think of the kind you use for storage, or the portable units that provide on-site accommodation for a number of industries – and you’re right! However, the use of containers has dramatically varied over recent years. From quirky cafes to designer housing and shops, it’s fast growing! So, let’s have a little look into the weird, wonderful and eco-friendly uses of containers... Enjoy.
  • 3. www.flinthamcabins.com THE VERSATILITY OF CONTAINERS Invented more than five decades ago, the modern shipping container is the anchor of today’s global distribution system. And while a number of resourceful people have converted shipping containers into shelters throughout the world for many years, recent architects and green designers have turned to transforming these strong yet cheap boxes into the versatile building blocks of their artistic works.
  • 4. www.flinthamcabins.com THE VERSATILITY OF CONTAINERS CONT... Shipping containers can be easily modified, and offer a range of creature comforts to both businesses and inhabitants. Due to their easy- transportation and versatile shape, containers can be connected and stacked to create modular, efficient spaces for a fraction of the cost, labour and resources of more conventional materials.
  • 5. www.flinthamcabins.com CONTAINER BUILDS Not just for the resourceful, container architecture has recently took the world by storm, and provides cost-effective, flexible and efficient living for the modern-day individual or family. Boasting a contemporary and green theme from source to design, recycled freight containers are an innovative use of an otherwise disregarded object.
  • 6. www.flinthamcabins.com CONTAINER CITY Located on Trinity Buoy Wharf, London, Container City was installed in 2001, and was branded the first of its kind. The building and fitting of the site took just 5 months, and to-date now provides over 34 private studios, offices and short and long-term accommodation in the heart of the vibrant capital.
  • 7. www.flinthamcabins.com PROJECT KEETWONEN STUDENT ACCOMMODATION Labelled as the largest container city in the world, Amsterdam’s huge Keetwonen complex provides home to 1,000 students. Designed in 2006, Keetwonen has been a huge success, with each resident enjoying a balcony, bathroom, kitchen, separate sleeping, study rooms and large windows. Due to its popularity – Keetwonen’s lease has been extended until 2016!
  • 8. www.flinthamcabins.com SHIPPING CONTAINER OFFICE AND SHOP TOWER In an attempt to reinforce their brand (a company that produces faded-colour bags from recycled materials), a German manufacturer chose to build their new office and store tower units from stacked shipping containers. Not only did they save on construction costs, this bold decision helped them to make a statement as well as promote the sustainability values of their business.
  • 9. www.flinthamcabins.com ILLY CONTAINER CAFE Having been inspired by recent container builds, Italian coffee roasters illycaffe decided to commission a green architect to build the Push Button House. In just 90 seconds, a compact metal container opens into a fully furnished cafe, with functional kitchen, dining room, bathroom, bedroom, living room and even a library! Pretty cool, eh?