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container building

Hong Kong container architecture

The reuse of shipping containers in temporary or improvised buildings reveals basic architectural principles in dealing with space and construction. In this study we describe the phenomenon, work out and discuss the principles, portrait examples to illustrate variations, types, and selected instances, and we document aspects of the construction process.

Containers form standard spatial and structural units. In their original environment they are directly stacked and interfaces with handling and transport equipment. In container buildings other types of spaces are formed and additional structural elements are introduced, producing basic but complex configurations.

Contrasting to the single purpose in the original use, container buildings adapt to a wide range of uses. Their expression also changes from the modular repetition to distinct formal types.

This study was done together with Gu Daqing and Woo Pui Leng. For more details see the former Tectonics Studio research webpages.

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