We have all seen a lot of projects using containers, but I can say that among all I know this is one of the most complete in terms of architecture, use of materials, location and primarily for the use, a student housing. The Cité is the Dock a project by Cattani Architects located in Le Havre, France. A four-story building that houses 100 apartments made of old shipping containers. All rooms with bathrooms, kitchen, free wifi and has been carefully designed to have a great heat and sound insulation. The way the containers were distributed creating empty spaces and common areas between the flats makes Cité A Docks a building a kind familiar, and the location near the water creates a very modern and industrial feeling. “How do I prevent students, prospective tenants, they feel put in the box? Compelling needs have arisen. Necessary to conceive of a lightweight, transparent, and certainly not solid. Hence the idea of independent living, to avoid the stacking effect.” – Cattani The building designed by the metal structure is spread over four floors, which are distributed on the 100 studios. The first level was raised from the ground. In this way, the units here guests can enjoy the same privacy afforded to units on the upper floors. All the apartments overlook a garden inside and are equipped on both ends of the glass walls that allow natural lighting of spaces.
Containers has been used today for a range of spaces, from houses to offices and even schools. And the reason for that? It's affordable, modular, easy to build and environmentally friendly. Researching that subject I found a versatile system called Container City™, by Urban Space Management. I highly recomnmend you to check this out, is simply amazing the range of uses that can be applied to containers! Like they say "containers are an extremely flexible method of construction, being both modular in shape, extremely strong structurally and readily available". More than that, depending on how you can make your building, you could combine a wide variety of materials to even appear like a container, isn't amazing? This modular technology enables construction times and cost to be reduced by up to half that of traditional building techniques while remaining significantly more environmentally friendly. Well, to show you just a little bit what we can do, and what kind of spaces we can built, check out these pictures and go to containercity.com for more informantions. Containers can be transformed into stylish modern homes that are expandable, and the space that you get is much the same as in many swanky developments. The Sunday Times Funky, sustainable and cheap.Grand Designs I got far more work done than I ever imagined. My cube was a brilliant space – it never occurred to me that I could work, let alone sleep, in a freight container!Cube resident Edward Kemp