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Container Cities

Link to Container Cities
containercity.com

Last week's Prefab Friday on Inhabitat covered an interesting project in the UK:

"Container City™ is an innovative and highly versatile system that provides stylish and affordable accommodation for a range of uses.

The Container City™ system uses shipping containers linked together to provide high strength, prefabricated steel modules that can be combined to create a wide variety of building shapes and adapted to suit most planning or end user needs.

This modular technology enables construction times and cost to be reduced by up to half that of traditional building techniques while remaining significantly more environmentally friendly."

Developer Urban Space Management installed the original Container City I in an amazingly short 4 days. Construction time start-to-finish came to an admirable 5 months. The project utilized 20 shipping containers to build 15 individual housing units.

Since then, the system has been used for residential, commercial and educational buildings. Projects range from the 7 container Music Studio to the 73 container Riverside Building.

Brand Avenue covered the system a while back:

"I appreciate how they acknowledge temporality: implicit in their no-nonsense construction, and the light ways they touch the ground, is the idea that the site can and will be cleared someday, and something else will take their place. In this way, they interact rather respectfully with context..."

YouTube has a clip from the History Channel's Modern Marvels about the home:

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Marc on February 28, 2008 at 5:11 p.m.
I saw containers being used in Bavaria and along the Inn River valley in Austria this summer. Is the use of these "container" cities being expanded across the EU? I wish I had taken photos of these since I have not been able to find any information about these other than the Container City projects in the UK.
Peter Bernheim (Prefabcosm) on March 08, 2008 at 8:13 p.m.
fabprefab's containerbay is a great source for all sorts of container home information.
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