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The Pros and Cons of Cargo Container Architecture

Photo by Håkan Dahlström - http://www.flickr.com/photos/dahlstroms/
Photo by Håkan Dahlström - http://www.flickr.com/photos/dahlstroms/

With the green premise growing in popularity across the globe, more and more people are turning to cargo container structures for green alternatives. There are countless numbers of empty, unused shipping containers around the world just sitting on shipping docks taking up space. The reason for this is that it’s too expensive for a country to ship empty containers back to their origin. In most cases, it’s just cheaper to buy new containers from Asia. The result is an extremely high surplus of empty shipping containers that are just waiting to become a home, office, apartment, school, dormitory, studio, emergency shelter, and everything else. More information after the break.

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Cargotecture / HyBrid Architecture + Assembly

HyBrid Architecture + Assembly‘s building system, coined “Cargotecture”, offers a sustainable, modular and affordable alternative to traditional construction methods.  The Seattle-based architecture and general contracting firm recently created the first cargo container buildings for Seattle in the design district of the Georgetown area.

More images and more about the cargo buildings after the break.