Almost 500,000 buildings have arrived at the Port of Los Angeles this year. Well- not exactly. Over 490,000 shipping containers have arrived, though. If there’s a design trend that has caught the world by storm over the past decade, it’s been the rise in transforming shipping containers into buildings as a form of architecture. But are shipping container buildings just a fad that was used to propel ideas about taking every day or is there more substance to creating giant Jenga-inspired structures?
Park and Shore Apartments / Woods Bagot
Architects: Woods Bagot
- Area : 600000 ft²
- Year : 2019
New York's Interiors: Apartments, Penthouses and Lofts in the Big Apple
One of the most important cities in the world –and the most populated in the United States of America–, New York is home to a great mix of cultures and history that has been shaped over the years, while art and architecture play a fundamental role in this development.
Deborah Berke and Barry Bergdoll Appointed to Pritzker Architecture Prize Jury
The Pritzker Architecture Prize has appointed Deborah Berke and Barry Bergdoll as the newest members of the prize jury. Replacing Richard Rogers and Ratan N. Tata, the new appointments of Berke and Bergdoll mark the upcoming 2020 edition of the Pritzker Prize and the 42nd anniversary of the accolade. The Pritzker Prize is internationally known as architecture's highest honor.
High Street Residence Hall, Dickinson College / Deborah Berke Partners
- Area : 41945 ft²
- Year : 2018
Professionals : Steven Winter Associates, Andropogon Associates
27 Projects Win 2019 AIANY Design Awards
The New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects has presented 27 projects with 2019 Design Awards. AIANY announced the results after two days of deliberations by a a jury of independent architects, educators, critics, and planners. For each of the five categories, winning projects were granted either an “Honor” or “Merit” award, and were chosen for their design quality, innovation and technique.
CitizenM Bowery / Concrete + Stephen B. Jacobs Group
Architects: Concrete, Stephen B. Jacobs Group
- Area : 100000 ft²
- Year : 2018
Manufacturers : TDE-lighttech, iGuzzini, EeStairs, Frandsen Project, Polcom, +1
Cummins Indy Distribution Headquarters / Deborah Berke Partners
- Area : 175000 ft²
- Year : 2017
Manufacturers : Lutron, Terrazzo & Marble, Daltile, Erie Architectural Products, Firestone Building Products, +18
Professionals : Syska Hennessy Group, Front Inc, Atelier 10, Circle Design Group Inc., F.A. Wilhelm Construction, +4
AIA Announces Winners of 2018 Small Project Awards
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected eleven recipients in its 2018 Small Projects Awards. Established fifteen years ago by AIA’s Small Project Practitioners, the program “recognizes small-project practitioners for the high quality of their work” and “aims at raising awareness about the value and design excellence that architects can bring to projects, no matter their size or scope.”
Rockefeller Arts Center at the State University of New York at Fredonia / Deborah Berke Partners
- Area : 100000 ft²
- Year : 2017
Manufacturers : Ellison Bronze, Harlequin, Kawneer, Sobotec, 9Wood, +4
Professionals : PHT Lighting Design Inc., Front Inc, Robert Silman Associates, Fisher Associates, Lakhani & Jordan Engineers, +3
35XV / FXCollaborative
- Area : 170 ft²
- Year : 2016
Faith & Form's 2017 Religious Architecture Awards Recognizes the Best in Religious Architecture and Art
How does contemporary religious architecture adapt to the needs of the modern world? Each year, Faith & Form magazine and the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture (IFRAA) award acknowledges the best in religious art and architecture. This year’s winners included 27 projects spanning in religious denomination, size, and location. Beyonds this, the award recognizes three common trends present in religious architecture today: re-adaptation of existing facilities, community-based sacred spaces, and simplicity in design. Read on to see all 27 winners.
21c Museum Hotel Nashville / Deborah Berke Partners
Method in Modular: 10 Floor Plans Using Shipping Container Architecture
Shipping container architecture has developed its own niche in both design and representation. Colorful or grungy? Economical or gentrified? Either way, you look at it, designing with shipping containers is a serious exercise in modular planning. The physical constraints of the object make designing projects with containers a complex task, which demands specific studies in spatial organization.
The responses using this element in architecture are great and diverse, so we have selected a number of different project plans, both helpful and inspirational, that rise to the shipping container-challenge of design.
Check out selection of 10 architectural project plans using shipping containers below:
Biotrial North American Headquarters / Francis Cauffman
Architects: Francis Cauffman
- Area : 70000 ft²
- Year : 2015
Manufacturers : Glen-Gery, Reynobond, Viracon
Professionals : Thornton Tomasetti, Buro Happold, Natoli Construction, Sciame Construction
Faith & Form's 2016 Religious Architecture Awards Recognize 28 Projects from Around the Globe
Each year, Faith & Form magazine and the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture (IFRAA) reward the best religious architecture, design and art for religious spaces. In their 2016 awards, the jury recognized 28 projects across 10 categories, with almost half of the winners designed for sites outside of North America. Aside from this diversity of location, another trend in the awards was a tendency toward material honesty and simplicity. "Several jurors were impressed with how designers used an economy of means with simple, elegant materials to meet the needs of congregations," said Michael J Crosbie, editor-in-chief of Faith & Form, adding that "a reverence for natural materials was seen in many submissions, and in winning projects." Read on to see all 28 winners.
11 Tips You Need To Know Before Building A Shipping Container Home
One of the more niche trends in sustainable design of the past few years has been the re-use of shipping containers in order to create the structure of a building. Due to their convenient size, shipping containers are well-suited for use in houses and their appeal lies in their apparent simplicity: you get a room delivered in one piece, and you can stack them together to make multiple rooms or join them up to make larger rooms.
But of course, things are never so simple, and using shipping containers to make a house is still fraught with challenges - particularly as the idea is still relatively new, so there are few people with the expertise required to build one without a hitch. That's why the folks over at Container Home Plans reached out to 23 experts from around the world - designers and owners who have overcome the challenges to build their own container houses - to ask them what they wish they'd known before taking on this challenge. Check out their 11 top tips after the break.