Container City I & II, London
The idea of easy to assemble modular architecture is nothing new. In some ways, in its most basic form (tents), we’ve been living in these kinds of structures for hundreds of years. In Shipping Container Architecture we introduced the world of shipping container construction. Its not new, and it certainly isn’t going to solve any housing shortages, but what it does offer is a fantastic way of reusing something that would otherwise sit and go to waste.
We give the low down on one such installation, right here in London, after the jump!
Container City 1, London
There aren’t many big metropolitan cities in the world that are like London. It’s a varied and colourful history. The Docklands represents the cities incredibly proud maritime history. The Docklands werethe centre of our thriving import/export industry, until the arrival on the shipping container, and the large ships used to carry them. The shape and depth of the river meant these large goods ships could no longer travel into the Port of London. It is only fitting then that the Docklands are now home to Container City I and II.
Container City I and II are the work of ‘Urban Space Management’ (USM). The goal of USM is to utilise shipping containers after their normal life as a goods holder is done. Over at Container City I and II there is a work/live arrangement of containers.