The Vissershok School – Shipping Container Classroom in South Africa

The Vissershok School - Shipping Container Classroom in South Africa

This practical and child friendly shipping container classroom by Tsai Design Studio was made for underprivileged children on the outskirts of Cape Town. Although limited in space to just 12 square meters the classroom gives  teaching room for 25 children between the ages of 5 and 6. During the afternoon it serves as a library for the whole Vissershok primary school. The classroom project was sponsored by three south African companies Woolworths, Safmarine, and AfriSam with the school primarily being used by children who’s parents are local farm workers living in the Du Noon township.

The project idea was the brainchild of 15 year old Marshaam Brink, who responded to Woolworths’ “Making the Difference Through Design” competition with a jungle gym concept. This was then passed over to Tsai Design, who grew her idea into this bright and inspiring learning space. It was Tsai that introduced the idea of a double roof to allow air to create natural cooling while the upper roof also offered some shade to help reduce heat build up. The concrete steps also work as a gathering and meeting area for discussions with the children, a vegetable patch helps educate the children about gardening as well as a source of food.

Shipping container classrooms seem to be cropping up more often and the fact it was a 15 year old that came up with this original idea also shows that the concept has a younger audience already interested and aware of what can be achieved by recycling shipping containers.

The Vissershok School - Shipping Container Classroom in South Africa

The Vissershok School - Shipping Container Classroom in South AfricaThe Vissershok School - Shipping Container Classroom in South Africa

The Vissershok School - Shipping Container Classroom in South AfricaThe Vissershok School - Shipping Container Classroom in South Africa

Shipping Container School Expansion (Video)

I enjoy this video as its a short clip showing the basic stacked shipping containers shortly before they start coating them on the exterior and interior to the finished building where it become difficult to even identify they were constructed from shipping containers. Bearing in mind 80% of the extension is built using recycled materials does show more public and government buildings can go through the same process if they tried. On top of this no doubt cost wise it was a lot cheaper on labour and material costs. Also an important thing here is that its not a school for Africa for a change but Orange County in the United States at the Waldorfschool.com

Vodacom Shipping Container Nescafé And Cell phone Load Station Tanzania

A the shipping container turned Vodocom internet café in central Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

A sign of changes in Tanzania as it takes on the internet highway with its internet cafes. The interesting thing about this building though is the quantity of computers as here in the Philippines its common to find even hundreds of PCs in an internet cafe if its in a major location. But the Vodacom stations in Tanzania house between 3 and 5 computer stations. Not knocking it as it shows things are improving but also the fact that market demand is still limited. But no doubt in the future it will expand in the same way the Philippines embraced the web.

Shipping Container School Built In Four Weeks After Earthquake In Chile

Shipping Container School Built In Four Weeks After Earthquake In ChileShipping Container School Built In Four Weeks After Earthquake In Chile

Photos: VientoFuerte.cl.

When a tsunami hit Chile a devastated town left in its wake lost its school, local university students were able to rebuild the school within four weeks. Tabul is around 500km south west of Santiago and one of the worst areas hit by the tsunami. Finis Terrae University architecture department brought 56 of its advance students to design, equip and mount the school in the damaged town under the project name Viento Fuerte (Strong Wind).

A local company donated the 22 shipping container units needed where were insulated and designed round the concept of prefabricated building modules. 20 of the containers remained on the ground level while the last two were mounted on the first floor. An open area was formed between the containers to act as areas that can offer shade from the sun as well as rain cover for the children, with the remaining part of the existing school adjoined to the containers.

It shows how much can be done in 4 weeks and a video was put together of the project shown below :-

 

DEMO TUBUL INGLES from STBFilms on Vimeo.

 

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Natural cooling the cheap and beautification way of cooling a shipping container home

Natural cooling the cheap and beautification way of cooling a shipping container home if you take a look at these photos below which are actually a medical housing centre  called Salam Center located in Soba,Khartoum. Using natural materials to form partitions and a roof structure between container units you can get an idea from the photos below how much shade is being given. In the second photo you can see the partitions have created a walkway at the same time keeping the suns heat away from the container units but also allows airflow along the new partition corridor to aid in natural cooling.

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Shipping Container Market–DEKALB Market in Brooklyn, New York

DEKALB shipping container market layout - Brooklyn New York

What I love about this design is its keep it simple, functional but still having an artistic flair. The fact that market stalls in a traditional sense are also utilized help make this a welcoming weekend hangout and shopping location. You will notice that the shape of the exterior of the market has utilized the shipping containers as well as other walling to create a barrier, I know when I visit markets myself nothing worse than getting a gust of wind shooting through on a cold morning. The containers no doubt act as a wind break to prevent this from happening.

Dekalb - shipping container storeThe joint venture between market developers Urban Space and Youngwoo associates seems to have hit the ground running on this project and likely to be a long-term success. The design was envisioned and implemented by architect Thomas Kosbau utilizing 22 shipping containers for the project. Although primarily a market its also an outdoor community centre.

As you approach bright colours of orange,red and white colours greet you before entering through an alley between the containers into a picnic area made up of homemade picnic tables servicing the needs of buyers from the resident restaurants and cafes inside the shipping container market development.

Urban farm brooklyn new york On site is also an urban farm and garden which has been sub divided into different organisations and communities. As well as its very own BBOX radio which is soon to launch online, currently providing its beats within the boundaries of the market. The photo above is also something I wanted to add because the staggering of the units allows for the doors to open against its neighbouring shipping container as well as its neighbouring container being able to swing its door round on top of the other allowing both security and the doors to be put out of the way during retail hours. Inside the units have been insulated and dry walled as well as air conditioning added to create a functional retail unit.

Shipping containers used at Tim music festival,Marina da Glória,Rio de Janeiro.

Tim music festival,Marina da Glória,Rio de Janeiro - shipping container music festival

Bernardes Jacobsen was tasked with making the Tim Music Festival which is an annual event held in Marina da Glória, Rio de Janeiro a more sustainable and environmental event. I have worked in the exhibition industry before and the wastage at concerts and shows is astronomical so its good to see something being done in a positive light. The Tim Music Festival is an annual event which also makes sense in making it sustainable and reusable by using shipping containers. The shipping containers were utilized to give an interesting colourful display as well as a functional medium for the venue.

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The Periscope project – San Diego shipping container art centre

Periscope Project - San Diego, Shipping container Art centre

The Periscope project is a funky modern container art centre which resides on a small lot in San Diego. Constructed with 5 shipping containers (recycled). The art space also offers living and working spaces as well as the shop front and exhibition area. The original concept started in 2007 by the late Petar Perisi. An interesting use of a shipping container that enhances its environment as well as gives a place that offers regular meetings and discussion workshops.

It offers up a mix of industrial feel with clean fresh art display in an interesting blend of building use. The narrow slit windows I also like as on other container designs this style of window would be very useful for allowing hot air to escape. Its kept much of the container buildings in basic form while utilizing spaces between and above the containers for garden spaces and an outdoor area.

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New Zealand Uses Recycled Shipping Containers To Promote New Zealand Films (New Zealand On Screen)

New Zealand on Screen Uses Recycled Shipping Containers  

Bit of a gimmick project but one that is likely to interest if not just from the film front but also curiousity as to “what is inside”. The shipping container multi media rooms bring film to the general public as well as easily mobile to take from town to town especially with their more mobile caravan version. From October 23rd New Zealand On Screen will show iconic New Zealand films, TV and music videos both inside and on the exterior of the shipping containers in Auckland and Wellington. The caravan setup on the other hand will tour small towns that wouldn’t normally be part of the film festival.

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shipping container schools – Cuffley School

shipping container schools - Cuffley School

 These units were provided for Cuffley school in the UK. to add a classroom and music studios to the existing building. The covered walkway is an added feature and one of the reasons I decided to add this to our growing collection of container buildings as here its good for rain but with me out in the Philippines a similar canopy could be used mainly for reducing sunlight on the side of the unit. The vibrant colours also instead of hiding the shipping container building it promotes and uses the walls as a feature giving a happy a bright feel to the buildings obviously inline with their use. Another key factor in this design is the installation time took 1 day no doubt needing a little bit of other work but the main structure was located in a day which in a school building is important in reducing disruption to classes.

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