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Amazing uses of shipping containers

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With the right perspective, an empty shipping container can be seen as a blank slate. The large steel boxes were originally invented to streamline the process of shipping products and raw materials. There are millions of shipping containers in the world, and many of them are sitting empty in terminals. They are practically begging for creative minds to give them a new purpose. Below are five examples of things that can be done with shipping containers:

1. Skateparks: Skateboarders have always been on the cutting edge. It should be no surprise that skatepark designers quickly recognised the potential of shipping container structures. They are sustainable, making repurposed shipping containers a logical choice in materials.


2. Parklets: Shipping containers, being long and narrow by design are perfect stimulating parklets. Each takes up no more than two or three parking spaces. They can be transformed into vibrant communal areas with large, open windows, benches and flower boxes. Public parklets allow businesses to “host” parklets when the weather is nice. That way, restaurants can offer their customers a place to dine outside without having to invest in seating themselves.

3. Graffiti Murals: Containers have long been popular canvases for renegade artists. Home designers can ask graffiti artists to create huge murals on their containers to contribute to their buildings’ urban flair.

Container Graffiti
Graffiti mural

4. Art Installations: Shipping containers have been used to solve many difficult problems. Its most ingenious feature is its use of origami-inspired “zipper architecture”. All of the interior panels are connected by detachable cords, allowing visitors to change the shape of the interior form as they walk through.

5. Libraries:  The creative use of shipping containers is a staple of charitable undertakings.They are inexpensive and durable. Containers have been used to send clothing, books and other goods to those in need and also as mobile clinics and disaster relief shelters. They have also recently been used to improve children’s education. It’s the perfect solution for schools that lack the funding and space for a library.

SEED Library

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