- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 27 Jun 2017
The concept behind the series is the re-use of shipping containers at the end of their life to provide prefabricated steel modules for flexible accommodation and office space. The containers, which are painted in vibrant colours, are usually stacked five high. The modular system reduces construction time drastically and improves sustainability.
The containers can be combined to create a wide variety of building shapes and adapted to suit a variety of needs, and when the land is required for other purposes, they can be reused elsewhere. To date (June 2017), sixteen projects have been completed using the technique, which is best-suited to short and medium-term use.
The fit out of the units is completed off site, and they are craned into place once the site is ready. Craning in the containers can take 1-15 days depending on the size and scale of the project. Together with the final ‘fit out’ of the site, this quick construction process can mean the units are ready for use in only a few weeks.
 Find out more
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
- Building of the week series.
- Hex House project.
- La Hospederia del Errante.
- Modular buildings.
- Plug-In to Housing.
- Unusual building design of the week.
- Urban Rigger.
 External resources
- Container City - Official site
Featured articles and news
Strategies to help provide safer working conditions.
Protecting flora, fauna and the other natural features of Scotland.
Architecture considered somewhere between 'sublime and beautiful'.
Polish piano factory revived through an energy-oriented tune up.
Dynamic architectural approach sets out to restore and improve the environment.
Entries accepted from 1 December 2020 to 14 April 2021.
Procedure discontinued for sale or re-mortgage of buildings without cladding.
The art of negotiation.
APPGI considers key issues for economic recovery.
Progress made on global fire safety standard.
Why did it take 111 years to build this Victorian engineering marvel?
Fantastic cities from above but flawed on the ground.
Organisation unveils supporting tools and initiatives.