What is Shipping Container Architecture?
Shipping container architecture is a form of architecture that takes advantage of a resource that is very abundant in the United States. Every year the United State imports more good than it exports by a very wide margin. As a result, there is a major surplus of empty steel shipping containers scattered around all of the major shipping ports in the United States. These empty steel shipping containers sit in storage yards because its actually cost more to to ship the container back to its country of origin that it costs for a new one to be made.
This has created a problem but sls partnership has decided to be a part of the solution.
Shipping container architecture is, as its name implies, creating architecture using shipping containers. By taking advantage of this material and recycling it into a useful form, two things are achieved:
- A sustainable building is created because of the use of recycled materials.
- An affordable building is created because the recycled material is relatively inexpensive.
Shipping container architecture is not a new concept, and there are many examples of this form of architecture that range from low income housing, to retail store, portable dwellings, to multi-million dollar houses. All of these forms are valid.
SLS partnership has had the opportunity to develop and create buildings that utilize shipping container architecture. It has been a fulfilling opportunity and a chance to have a positive impact on the environment and economy. Our work utilizing shipping container architecture has ranged from sports and recreation facilities, to master planning and into higher education. We believe that this method of construction can and should be used for a variety of applications.
SLS Partnership Shipping Container Architecture Projects
LCU Maintenance Facility
LCU Administration – American Heritage Additions
LCU Cook Research Center Expansions/Renovations
LCU Hays Field Dugouts
LCU Climbing Wall
LCU Fieldhouse Dormitories
Pine Springs Cabins, Sacramento, New Mexico