One of the best things about the construction industry at the moment is how hard we are working to reduce our impact on the planet and be as sustainable as possible. It’s something we’re really passionate about at Bobtrade.
Shipping container architecture, also known as “Cargotecture” or “Arkitainer”, shipping container homes, offices and schools are becoming more and more commonplace in our towns and cities.
Aside from being an amazing example of sustainable construction, they look pretty cool. They brighten up urban areas, they make for an interesting shake up on the usual white box pop up stores you get on the high-street.
It is hard to pinpoint exactly where the idea for shipping container architecture came from, it seems that there were a handful of organic moments which have spurred this modern trend. With the invention of the shipping container in the 1950s by Malcolm McLean, we have evidence of shipping containers being used as habitable structures from the 1960s.
"It is hard to pinpoint exactly where the idea for shipping container architecture came from."
The most well known shipping container structures in London, are the BoxPark shopping centres. Hosting spaces for pop up independent and label stores, food and drink, as well as entertainment.
More and more we are seeing architects and designers opting for recycled and salvaged parts to create houses, classrooms, community centres and offices. As an industry we have the opportunity to be part of an innovation revolution that could save vital resources for generations to come.
Not only are you making a positive reduction in your impact on the environment around your site, you’re creating something entirely unique that draws people in. Buildings like the TuboHotel created by T3arc, are slick, chic structures made of stacked concrete pods which works on the basis of “pod living”, creating affordable and environmentally friendly pop up accommodation. They look amazing!
Though it exists as a kind of “bigou” pop up experience right now, by recycling sewer pipes in this way, the energy guzzling process of making the concrete for the pipes doesn’t go to waste if or when these pipes no longer have a purpose.
In Brighton an architect has created Europe’s first permanent public building made almost entirely from material that has been thrown away. The structure is known simply as The Brighton Waste House. On top of this incredible achievement, the building has gained an EPC energy efficiency rating of ‘A’ which is the highest rating a building can be awarded. Pretty special for something made of rubbish, no?
"In Brighton an architect has created Europe’s first permanent public building made almost entirely from material that has been thrown away."
These are professionally constructed space which stand as evidence that you can make something beautiful out of something you might otherwise have thrown away.
Recycled construction is also being suggested as a resolution to the global housing crisis, especially looking at the poorest parts of the world where living conditions are particularly dangerous. We hope this is something that can be accessible to the poorest in the world so that they can enjoy safe, warm housing without impacting on the environment. Perhaps one day we will all be living in recycled houses as cool as some of these?
What do you think? Would you want to stay in any of these? Join our Community at Bobtrade and share ideas with other builders.