10 Excellent Examples of Works That Adopt the Use of Containers

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With the green premise growing in popularity across the globe, more and more people are turning to recycling shipping containers as a way to reduce the extremely high surplus of empty shipping containers that are just waiting to become a home, office, apartment, school, dormitory, studio, emergency shelter, or anything else. The conversion of shipping containers to living spaces is not a new concept. Shipping containers have become a more common architectural tool over the past few years. Through clippings, insertion of external elements, coatings, and equipment, the container is adapted according to its future use and desired aesthetics. See below 10 examples of works that adopt the use of containers.

1. Decameron / Studio MK27 – Marcio Kogan

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2. Caterpillar House / Sebastián Irarrázaval

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3. Grillagh Water House / Patrick Bradley Architects

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4. Container Studio / Maziar

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10 Contemporary Japanese Homes Pushing The Architectural Envelope

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Contemporary Japanese homes are a balance between the country’s traditional values of organizing spaces and architectural innovation that is constantly on the move. They challenge the norms of how to occupy places, pushing the envelope for what it means to have a minimal, “micro-living”.  Through experiments small and smaller, residential projects in Japan shed new light on how we go about our daily routines and rituals at home and question urbanites on what we can do with the space we have. For this reason, we’re inspired to go through our archives and bring out 10 projects that bring out new perspectives on Japanese architecture, be it aesthetic, functional or atmospheric.  Check them out below:

MoyaMoya / Fumihiko Sano

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Tunnel House / Makiko Tsukada Architects

© Shinkenchiku-sha © Shinkenchiku-sha

Katsutadai House / Yuko Nagayama & Associates

© Daici Ano © Daici Ano

House in Daizawa / Nobuo Araki

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Cortesia de ON design partners
© Iwan Baan
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Cortesia NKS Architects
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The Curves of Luís Pedro Silva’s Leixões Cruise Terminal Through the Lens of Fernando Guerra

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The strategic definition of a new cruise terminal had a double objective: improvement of the commercial efficiency and a better urban integration. In this photoset, Fernando Guerra captures the many sides of the Leixões Cruise Terminal, a project that won the 2017 Building of the Year Awards in the "Public Architecture" category. Get to know all the facets of this building below. Luís Pedro Silva's Porto Cruise Terminal is a small port complex, an initiative of the Administração dos Portos do Douro e Leixões, located at the South Jetty in Matosinhos, Portugal. The project integrates new buildings, berthing work and exterior spaces of public vocation. The main building shelters several programmatic components: cruise ship terminal, marina facilities, the Science and Technology Park of the Sea of the University of Porto, event rooms, and a restaurant. Integrating all proposed uses directly with the city.

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The Curves of Luís Pedro Silva’s Leixões Cruise Terminal Through the Lens of Fernando Guerra

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The strategic definition of a new cruise terminal had a double objective: improvement of the commercial efficiency and a better urban integration. In this photoset, Fernando Guerra captures the many sides of the Leixões Cruise Terminal, a project that won the 2017 Building of the Year Awards in the "Public Architecture" category. Get to know all the facets of this building below. Luís Pedro Silva's Porto Cruise Terminal is a small port complex, an initiative of the Administração dos Portos do Douro e Leixões, located at the South Jetty in Matosinhos, Portugal. The project integrates new buildings, berthing work and exterior spaces of public vocation. The main building shelters several programmatic components: cruise ship terminal, marina facilities, the Science and Technology Park of the Sea of the University of Porto, event rooms, and a restaurant. Integrating all proposed uses directly with the city.

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Beyond Food: 10 Exquisite Restaurant Interiors

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Like architecture, food has a way of making us feel a sense of time and place. The act of eating together is ingrained in our human rituals surrounding spaces and how we inhabit them. The space that shelters us during our meal can be bustling or intimate, but nevertheless contributes our memories there, and the experience of eating at a good restaurant goes far beyond the food served in it. For it to be truly immersive, everything is thought of - from the shade of timber to the shape of your knife when you sit down to eat.  We’ve gathered 10 examples from our archive of beautiful restaurants worth a visit – check them out below: 

Mestizo Restaurant / Smiljan Radic

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Son La Restaurant / VTN Architects

© Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki

Cella Bar / FCC Arquitectura + Paulo Lobo

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

RAW / Weijenberg

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© Adrià Goula
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7 Established Architects’ Advice For Young Professionals and Students

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In all but the most optimistic architect's career, there will be moments you come across doubts and insecurities about our profession. It is in these moments where the wisdom of the greats who have come before us can help provoke the inspiration needed to face the challenges proposed by architecture and urbanism.

Needing an architectural pick-me-up? Check out some advice from Alejandro Aravena, Álvaro Siza, César Pelli, Francis Kére, Jeanne Gang, Norman Foster and Paulo Mendes da Rocha after the break. "Find something you believe in." - Norman Foster [+]
Vieux Port Pavilion / Foster + Partners. Image © Edmund Sumner Vieux Port Pavilion / Foster + Partners. Image © Edmund Sumner

"Beauty is the peak of functionality! If something is beautiful, it is functional. I don’t separate beauty and functionality. Beauty is the key functionality for architects… I wonder how I could say that beauty was not of interest to me... Perhaps someone provoked me

As Piscinas de Marés de Leça da Palmeira / Álvaro Siza Vieira. Image© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Parque Bicentenário Infantil / ELEMENTAL. Image© Cristobal Palma
WMS Boathouse in Clark Park. Image © Victor Delaqua
School in Gando / Kéré Architecture. Image© Siméon Duchoud
Osaka National Art Museum / César Pelli . Image © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:NMAO01s3200.jpg'>Wikipedia user 663highland</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en'>CC BY-SA 3.0</a>
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Cobogós: A Brief History and Its Uses

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In the tropics, the sunlight falls generously. The leaked elements draw the shadow on floors and walls, an effect that transforms the entire environment for those who see it from the outside and inside. With the changing seasons and throughout the course of the day, natural light comes in different ways as it adds new components to architecture. In the course of the night, the artificial light passes through the small openings from the inside to the outside, making a sort of urban lamp that interacts with the shadows of its users and furniture.  In addition to its function, the cobogó brings a certain poetic feel to any architectural project. Here, we have highlighted this Brazilian creation, to briefly shed light on its history and to present a selection of projects that adopt this element.  A group of engineers - Portuguese Amadeu Oliveira Coimbra, German Ernesto August Boeckmann and Brazilian
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© Adrià Goula
© Hiroyuki Oki
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5 Projects That Illustrate the Huge Potential of Prefab

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Prefabrication is not a new idea for architects, but its usage is arguably on the rise. Using prefabricated materials can keep your costs down, as well as make your project more sustainable and efficient. But for this to happen, there must be a defined process of construction, which respects the architectural intent and integrates the entire structure with the building's facilities. This way, the work can be carried out in the shortest time possible, and the cost of labor and maintenance is reduced, as is the waste of materials. The five designs selected below adopt prefabricated materials and demonstrate the benefits that it brings to the creative design strategy. Read on to see what each of their architects said about their prefabrication strategy.

Nova Casa Triângulo / Metro Arquitetos Associados

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"Materials have been selected for their efficiency at the detailing stage, either because they were prefabricated or did

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Serralves Collection: 1960-1980 / COR Arquitectos

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  • Arquitetos: COR Arquitectos
  • Location: Museu Serralves, R. Dom João de Castro 210, 4150-417 Porto, Portugal
  • Team: Roberto Cremascoli , Edison Okumura, Marta Rodrigues
  • Area: 880.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Nicolò Galeazzi
  • Client: Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves
  • Curators: Suzanne Cotter, João Ribas, Ricardo Nicolau
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From the architect. Serralves Collection: 1960-1980 presents the work of Portuguese and international artists from the collection of the Serralves Museum. This new display, which marks the beginning of a series that gives continued visibility to the Serralves Collection, privileges the decades of 1960 and 1970 as foundational to our understanding of contemporary art and to the development of the Collection since the establishment of the Serralves Foundation in 1989. The Works on view reflect a diversity of artistic production, ranging from the beginnings of post-minimal and conceptual art and their expressions in Portugal and diferente parts

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12 Libraries You Should Bookmark Right Now

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Like a reader hooked on a bestselling thriller, the design of libraries has enthralled architects and the general public for centuries. From the classical mahogany grandeur of the world-famous Long Room at Trinity College Dublin to the post-war, brick modernism of the British Library in London, the important role of libraries in our lives has historically demanded a degree of architectural thought and consideration. In recent times, however, that historic role has changed. With the digital age revolutionizing how we access, research, and communicate information, libraries are no longer reserved exclusively for books. Libraries today must act as ‘information hubs’, with the flexibility to accommodate a diverse range of media and arts. Architects have responded to the challenge of a new era, reimagining how libraries are built, experienced, and utilized, without entirely throwing away the rule book.  Below, we have rounded-up 12 libraries from around the world, all with architecture from the top shelf.

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© Delfino Sisto Legnani and Marco Cappelletti
© Ariel Ramirez
© Ariel Ramirez
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Courtesy of: Olivier Ottevaere + John Lin
© Luc Boegly
© Luc Boegly
© June-Young Lim
© June-Young Lim
Courtesy of: Alberto Kalach
Courtesy of: Alberto Kalach
© Bob Gundu
© Shai Gil
© Felipe Díaz Contardo
© Felipe Díaz Contardo
© José Hevia
© José Hevia
Courtesy of: BC architects
Courtesy of: BC architects
© Zhang Mingming
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Álvaro Siza’s Church of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Lande Under Construction in Brittany

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© Nicolò Galeazzi © Nicolò Galeazzi The church of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Lande will be the first church built in France’s Brittany region in the 21st-century. The project has been contracted to the Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Vieira. Siza’s use of light and white concrete provide a unique ceremonial space that gently folds into the neighborhood south of Rennes, a residential area with five-story housing blocks. The Porto-based Italian photographer, Nicolò Galeazzi, visited the site and shared with us his perspective of Siza’s work in progress.  Siza's main concern when designing the project was being able to integrate the church into the urban fabric. One of the hallmarks of the building is the circular shape on the second floor, which will hold up to 120 people - freeing up the first floor for social and administrative areas. 
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© Nicolò Galeazzi © Nicolò Galeazzi

As is typical of Portuguese architecture, natural light will

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Behind The Scenes at Studio Gang

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Aqua Tower. Image © Victor Delaqua Aqua Tower. Image © Victor Delaqua Last year I had the opportunity to visit Studio Gang, one of the most prestigious and inspiring firms around led by architect Jeanne Gang. I was able to talk with her team about the workspace, some of her projects, about the future of architecture, the role of women in the profession and even about the inspirations behind the United States Embassy in Brasilia. Studio Gang's headquarters in Chicago is housed in a building that was built in 1937 and was once a community center for Polish immigrants that, among other functions, contained a bank that acted as a major anchor for the Polish community in the United States and was later at risk of being demolished.
Studio Gang HQ - Chicago. Image © Victor Delaqua Studio Gang HQ - Chicago. Image © Victor Delaqua
Studio Gang HQ - Chicago. Image © Victor Delaqua Studio Gang HQ - Chicago. Image © Victor Delaqua

That was the reason the office bought the building

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Chicago Zoo Park. Image © Victor Delaqua
WMS Boathouse in Clark Park. Image © Victor Delaqua
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Looking back on Charles and Ray Eames’ De Pree House

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© Victor Delaqua © Victor Delaqua The Eames are mainly known for their furniture and their house in Pacific Palisades, which they also used as an office. Few people are aware of the Max and Esther De Pree House, a rare venture into residential architecture by the Eames.
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The house shares a lot of the qualities of the Case Study Houses, study that took place in California, though one of the project's greatest attributes is that it takes advantage of the local craftsmanship as well as natural light.

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The project is situated in a modest neighborhood of small houses in Zeeland, Michigan. Its front facade is composed of two symmetrical structures: garage and a studio that was built later. The covered walkway that acts as a balcony leads to the main body of the approximately 185 square meter building. 

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For privacy, the

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House EL / Reinach Mendonça Arquitetos Associados

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  • Architects: Reinach Mendonça Arquitetos Associados
  • Location: Bragança Paulista - SP, Brazil
  • Authors: Henrique Reinach, Maurício Mendonça
  • Coordinator: Luena Vettorazzo
  • Collaborators: Tony Chen, Victor Gonçalves, Camila Osele, Taís Vieira, Fernanda  Almeida, Raquel Gonçalves, Silvia Mori, Venâncio Alves, Flávia Henriques, Manuel Tojal,  Guilherme Nakata, Lucas Ferreira, Lucas Pohl, Alessandra Musto, Caio Tritto
  • Area: 1187.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Nelson Kon
  • Interior Design: Dado Castello Branco
  • Landscape Design: Raul Pereira Arquitetos Associados
  • Lighting Design: Foco Luz e Desenho
  • Structure: Benedicts Engenharia
  • Mep: Zamaro
  • Constructor: CPA Engenharia e Construções
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From the architect. The extensive and complex program of this holiday house led us to embrace an architectural concept that subdivided all functions in different constructive blocks. The result is a group of volumes with different functions interconnected through circulations axis, that could successfully solve the program in a way that is gentle and articulated, both with the irregular corner format and terrain site. The volumes were positioned along with the sunnier facades and the correlation between indoors and outdoors of the countryside landscape. 

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The facilities block faces south and

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This Video of Spaceworkers’ Casa Cabo de Vila Was Inspired by “The Shining”

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This is a story about a girl..... her red tricycle, and of a beautiful house. Inspired by “The Shining” from Stanley Kubrick.

In this film, by architects Spaceworkers and produced by Building Pictures, of Cabo de Vila House instead of using the tricycle and the space to install a sense of madness, the idea of the project is to show that the house has no barriers between the different spaces. The house is set up as an organic geometry that establishes hierarchies between spaces allowing mutual visual contact. What better way to show this than to follow a young girl as she travels through the house on her tricycle.  Check out the full video and more about the project after the break. 

Building Pictures starts the film in the garage, once the protagonist of the story hops on her tricycle she starts her

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See Behind the Scenes of Some of the Furniture Industry’s Greatest Designs

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It is difficult to understand and quantify the importance of design in our lives. However, when we take a closer look at the pieces that inspire and transform our daily life, innovative furniture brings us new ways of seeing the world, further enhancing the meaning of simple concepts like beauty, comfort, and quality. Herman Miller brings these three concepts, along with the latest technology and sustainability in the manufacture of his pieces. Furniture that’s signed by big names like Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, Isamu Noguchi, Alexander Girard and Isay Weinfeld. The end product is flawless in every way, but understanding the process behind them is an even more interesting experience. Below, learn more about how one of the largest furniture manufacturers in the world thinks and operates. From the project’s conception to various studies on the way we experience spaces, manufacturing, and testing of the pieces, up
Ergonomic Study
Aeron Chair
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See Behind the Scenes of Some of the Furniture Industry’s Greatest Designs

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It is difficult to understand and quantify the importance of design in our lives. However, when we take a closer look at the pieces that inspire and transform our daily life, innovative furniture brings us new ways of seeing the world, further enhancing the meaning of simple concepts like beauty, comfort, and quality. Herman Miller brings these three concepts, along with the latest technology and sustainability in the manufacture of his pieces. Furniture that’s signed by big names like Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, Isamu Noguchi, Alexander Girard and Isay Weinfeld. The end product is flawless in every way, but understanding the process behind them is an even more interesting experience. Below, learn more about how one of the largest furniture manufacturers in the world thinks and operates. From the project’s conception to various studies on the way we experience spaces, manufacturing, and testing of the pieces, up
Ergonomic Study
Aeron Chair
© Victor Delaqua
© Victor Delaqua
Via Herman Miller
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© Victor Delaqua
Renew Line Link
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10 Brilliant Tiny Houses that are Revolutionizing Micro-Living

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Inspired by the increasingly popular micro house trend, these 10 project designs came about for various reasons. In addition to being a cheaper option when compared to larger homes – both for construction and in maintenance – they are an ideal solution for people who want to reduce their material possessions and the space they occupy. Tiny houses have evolved far beyond cramped quarters into a custom being adopted both as a viable alternative to the unaffordability of housing and a source of freedom.   These selected houses, each under 40 square meters, serve as perfect examples of innovative designs that provide a simpler life, while fostering social interaction between people and dialogue with their environment. Check out the 10 examples below.

Forest Retreat / Uhlik architekti

Area: 16.0 m²

"We designed a compact enclosed volume – an object resting freely on boulders with a stern raised on a huge boulder. The enclosed black
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© Natalia Vial
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Julien Lanoo © Vitra
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10 Brilliant Tiny Houses that are Revolutionizing Micro-Living

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Inspired by the increasingly popular micro house trend, these 10 project designs came about for various reasons. In addition to being a cheaper option when compared to larger homes – both for construction and in maintenance – they are an ideal solution for people who want to reduce their material possessions and the space they occupy. Tiny houses have evolved far beyond cramped quarters into a custom being adopted both as a viable alternative to the unaffordability of housing and a source of freedom.   These selected houses, each under 40 square meters, serve as perfect examples of innovative designs that provide a simpler life, while fostering social interaction between people and dialogue with their environment. Check out the 10 examples below.

Forest Retreat / Uhlik architekti

Area: 16.0 m²

"We designed a compact enclosed volume – an object resting freely on boulders with a stern raised on a huge boulder. The enclosed black
© Jan Kudej
© Natalia Vial
© Jesse Kuroiwa
© Leonardo Finotti
© Juan Baraja
Julien Lanoo © Vitra
Courtesy of Studio Liu Lubin
© Masao Nishikawa
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© Nelson Garrido
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