Last month we covered 7 Surprising Uses for Shipping Containers which included: Swimming Pools, Hospitals, Schools and Offices to name only a few! Today we are going to continue with this theme and show you the Top 10 Shipping Container Offices.
1. Tony’s Organic Food Farm
In first spot is Tony’s organic food farm which was built in Shanghai in 2011. The original concept was produced by the design company Playze who thought up to use more than 20 shipping containers to create the coolest office we’ve seen in a long time! The office contains a VIP area, warehouse and a welcome lobby for visitors and guests.
The containers have been stacked to allow outdoor meetings areas, which means employees of Tony’s organic food farm can work outside surrounded by nature. The outdoor space is hardly need though as the containers provide 1,060 square meters of office space.
2. The Box Office
All the way back in 2009, plans were released to build ‘The Box Office’ in Rhode Island. Joe Haskett from Distill Studio led the design of the office block which would be made using 32 shipping containers. The construction of the office was completed in 2010 and it now provides 12 offices ranging from 640 square foot up to 2,560 square foot.
The cost of leasing one of these offices? $12,000 per year for the smallest rising up to just over $20,000 per year for the largest. However, 9 of the offices have already been rented so you will need to be quick if you want to rent one of them!
3. Riverside Building Offices
If you explore the London Docklands, just outside canarywharf area, you will find shipping container offices of goliath proportion! Riverside Building Offices are part of the Container City project and were built in 2005.
The structure of the offices is made using 73 shipping containers which were delivered and stacked in place in under 16 days! In total the office block has five stories and is home to 24 separate offices.
Each office has double glazed windows and an external balcony; in addition the office block uses rainwater harvesting technology to reduce its environmental footprint.
4. Royal Wolf Head Office
Royal Wolf is an Australian company which sells shipping containers. So, what better way for them to show the versatility of shipping containers than to build their own office out of them? The offices were designed by Room 11, and were officially unveiling in 2013.
The design utilises both 20 and 40 foot shipping containers. The containers have been welded together, providing some impressive open plan hot-desking.
The exterior of the containers has been left untouched which acts as a nice tribute to what the containers were once used for. So if you’re ever in Melbourne be sure to drop by- they are well worth the visit.
Source: Royal Wolf
5. The Sugoroku Office
Daiken-Met is an architectural firm based in Japan. Back in 2012 they were having difficulties finding a suitable office block so they decided to build their own using shipping containers.
They leased a plot of land in Gifu, Japan and not so long after, they had built their three story office block.
The real ingenuity of the office block is its steel structural grid. This means the containers are held together using the steel grid without needing foundation. In addition, the office block can be dissembled and moved to another location once their lease has run out!
Source: Tree Hugger
6. MVP Offices
Marketing Via Postal Group, Inc, based in Santa Ana, California, had a large unused warehouse and wanted to build smaller offices inside the warehouse.
Instead of using traditional cubicles they opted to convert second hand 20 foot shipping containers. In total 10 containers were used and MVP employees converted the containers themselves.
The containers were purchased for $1,000 each and a further $3,000 was spent fitting them with electricity, heating and air conditioning.
The warehouse now has 9 offices inside it and a kitchen/bathroom. Not only that but MVP are saving around $3,000 per month on energy costs because they no longer have to heat the entire warehouse.
Source: MVP Group
7. bL Office
Design firm, building LAB inc, were founded in 2005 by Stephen Shoup. They quickly outgrew their original office and were looking for a quick way to expand, so they toyed with the idea of a shipping container office.
The decided to use two containers in an L-shape which were then cladded using reclaimed redwood. The containers were insulating using wooden battens and fibreglass.
The office uses a water-based radiant heating system which is powered by two solar thermal panels. Stephen estimates that the office cost around $150 per square foot to build.
Source: building LAB inc
We are venturing back to Japan to see the eighth most popular shipping container office. Tomokazu Hayakawa, a Japanese architect led the design of this tiny office located in Torigoe, Tokyo.
The office was built by stacking two used 40 foot shipping containers on top of each other. The base container has been cut in half to create two separate rooms on the ground floor and the second container can be accessed via an external staircase.
In total the containers provide over 390 square foot of office space, they took around 2 months to build and cost around $125,000.
Source: Tomokazu Hayakawa Architects
9. Cove Park
Cove Park was built by the same company who made the Riverside Building Offices (mentioned in third place). It’s a 50 acre retreat based in Scotland made specifically for artists who want to surround themselves with the stunning wildlife there.
The original park was built in 2002 with only three accommodation units, but in 2006 the park was expanded again to a total of 9 units. Each container has an en-suite and access to a balcony which leads out onto Lake Loch Long!
10. The Wanaselja Office
Lastly, we want to focus on the home office built by Karl Wanaselja and Cate Leger. Karl and Cate decided to use a refrigerated shipping container from their local Port (Oakland) as a home office; the re-used 40 foot container only cost $1800!
They chose to use the container because Oakland is prone to earthquakes, so using containers would reduce the risk of their office being destroyed in an earthquake.
Well there you have it, our 10 top picks for the best shipping container office design, let us know what your favourite is in the comments below!
Blog Cover Modified from Ludovic Hirlimann