Shipping Container Eco Loft Rises – South America

Container Design Loft - Alejandra Dellepiane

Amongst a dense pine forest near Uruguayan beaches is Container Design Loft, a luxurious bright red hotel made from stacked shipping containers.The entrepreneur and Alejandra Dellepiane created this high class accommodation complete with nouvelle cuisine. The shipping container lofts offer eco tourism offers up relaxation as well as sports facilities in a localised environment. On top of that organic food much of which is grown on site in surroundings that are in keeping with this amazing South American country which offers up dunes and deep blue sea to wind the hours away.

A bit of information on the owner is that she moved to Los Angeles at the spring age of 18 and after working at some top restaurants began cooking privately for TV stars including Steven Spielberg, Blake Edwards, Julie Andrews, Danni de Vito, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Barbara Streisand.

When she fell pregnant she decided to make the move back home to South America relocating to Punta del Este an area famous for its expensive luxury living. She quickly found opening a restaurant for the jet set was an instant success. Drawing on her experiences and knowledge instead of managing her own business she decided to create a concept for Philippe Stark’s luxurious Yoo Tower, which opened in Punta del Este two years ago.

Building on the experience of that she has now moved to the next town along which is an isolated fishing town called Jose Ignacio where herself another chef Emmanuel Romano and architect father came up with the Container Design Loft.

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Recycled Shipping container environmental community centre – Evergreen Brickworks

Recycled shipping container community centre 

In Toronto is an environmental community centre Evergreen Brickworks has taken a derelict Don Valley Brick Works and transformed it into a sustainable urban development. The majority of the works is outdoors on its 12 hectare site, there is urban farming as well as the bright green community centre which has been constructed from a shipping container as well as other materials salvaged from around the old brick yard. It has been designed and constructed by Levitt Goodman Architects.

A 20ft shipping container has been refurbished and redeveloped into a community centre with the Evergreen’s signature colour, barn doors have been added to open up both ends of the building to “welcome” visitors. Adding a chain to the roof with a scupper rainwater trickles down the chain and is stored in a water butt. The interior has been decorated with TimberSIL which is a non toxic alternative to pressure treating timbers by using a sodium-silicate based process. Another interesting feature is the furniture made from recycled wood pallets using furniture maker Andrew Reesor and a group of grade 10 students.

Although the project is temporary the shipping container will later be utilized as a warming spot and kiosk for skateboarding in the winter while in the summer used as an information desk.

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Photography by :- Ben Rahn/A-Frame