Building with Boxes
For you architecture lovers out there, we think you will find this interesting. NPR’s Morning Edition featured this story a few weeks ago on the creative ways people are taking recycling to a whole new level. Beyond the nouveau-chic look of using salvaged wood or reusing cork for a soft, well-insulated floor, a few architects have begun taking old shipping containers and transforming them into homes or businesses.
And here’s the too-clever name: the movement has been coined 'cargotecture'.
The trend seems to have originated in the northwest, where a lot of cargo passes through the port of Portland, Oregon. Then some entrepreneurs with a keen ability to think outside the box (pun intended) saw an opportunity to create a portable business with low overhead. Seattle-based architectural firm HyBrid soon began transforming many of these old shipping containers into small cabins based on principles of sustainability and attention to detail. History details. Co-founder Robert Humble states that the company does not attempt to smooth over nicks or blemishes on the cargo containers before building with them, and any stickers are left intact—these are what make each container unique. Check out the article, or click here to read even more!