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Thursday
Mar082012

It's Not a Container - It's Mobile Architecture

This new(er) project caught our attention, created by a Japanese firm called Daiken Met Architects. It is their studio that is placed neatly within a three story frame. The projects exterior might juxtapoz with the surrounding architecture, but it has the the opportunity to be dismantled and moved as pleased. Some could even mistake it for a job site office. But, upon further investigation and interior inspection, one will see that this has been thought out aesthetically / structurally, with kitchen and all.


We embrace these kinds of projects due to their light footprint, modularity, and mobility factors. It has been interesting, for the past fifteen years, watching the scale of container projects that have surfaced globally. Small homes, surf shacks, cabins, large homes, this office in Japan, and more - all sharing the commonality of the shipping container.





The shipping container was first patented and invented in the 1950's by an American named Malcolm McLean. He owned a trucking company that was one of the largest in the United Stated during this time period. After years of observing how cargo was transported in varying sizes of wooden crates, he went into development. McLean came up with something that was stong, stackable, and storeable - this final design is what we now know as the "shipping container". These standardized continers were more efficient to load and off-load into trucks, ships, and rail cars. 


As we were going through the MGS "mobile architecture" files, these stood out as a few favorites that connect with this topic -







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