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Fun and Innovative Uses for Retired Shipping Containers

In Uncategorized Posted December 3, 2015 at 2:37 pm
By Melissa Wraith

Fun and Innovative Uses for Retired Shipping Containers

While we take the import and export of our clients’ goods seriously, we’re not all business here at Magellan Logistics. In fact, we’re fascinated with the myriad fun and innovative ways to repurpose all those retired steel shipping containers that we once had a hand in shipping around the globe. We’re super impressed when someone creates something new and functional out of just one container.

Texas architect Jim Poteet helped Stacey Hill, who lives in a San Antonio artists’ community, wrangle an empty steel shipping container into a playhouse, a garden retreat, and a guesthouse for visiting artists.

Texas architect Jim Poteet helped Stacey Hill, who lives in a San Antonio artists’ community, wrangle an empty steel shipping container into a playhouse, a garden retreat, and a guesthouse for visiting artists.

But there are a number of great ways to reuse one or several of these containers. One of the most common is to use retired containers as the skeleton of a residential building, and it’s a great way to recycle these containers for additional use. Many families might even use a single shipping container as the shell for a lovely holiday home somewhere, as it’s a far sight less expensive than having a fully-featured residence built to spec. Of course, old shipping containers aren’t just ideal for single-family homes either; the world’s first shipping container hotel, located in London, is proof positive that you don’t need to limit your imagination to small structures.

Bedding down for the night in an old shipping container not your speed? There are plenty of other uses for a retired shipping container. The size and shape of these containers make ideal swimming pools, for instance.shipping container architecture  Additionally, if you prefer to stay dry, you can take a smaller intermodal shipping container and modify it into a studio or workshop. A collection of larger containers can be used to put together bigger buildings as well as to build storefronts, fitness centres, or even entire shopping malls.

Boxpark Shoreditch - London's first pop-up shopping mall made completely from shipping containers.

Boxpark Shoreditch – London’s first pop-up shopping mall made completely from shipping containers.

There’s also a growing movement to repurpose shipping containers in order to provide cheap and easy infrastructure for developing countries. From portable restrooms that are more permanent than chemical toilets, self-contained powered classrooms created by fitting the roof of a shipping container with solar panels, compact gardens or nurseries complete with hydroponic growing racks, or miniature emergency medical centres fitted out in ways similar to an oversized ambulance, there’s all sorts of ways to turn a retired shipping container into something that can make a real difference.

infrastructure containerIncluding one impressive gravity defying art installation!Installation called WOW Westminster by Brazilian artist José Resende. Part of the Vancouver Biennale.

Installation called WOW Westminster by Brazilian artist José Resende. Part of the Vancouver Biennale.

Here at Magellan, we love everything to do with shipping your cargo all over the world, and that includes what to do with shipping containers that have outlived their primary usefulness. If you’re interested in learning more about what Magellan can do for you and your import and export needs, contact us today and we’ll be happy to show you the Magellan difference.

Sources:

http://webecoist.momtastic.com/2009/04/05/15-awesome-ways-to-reuse-shipping-containers/

http://www.marineinsight.com/marine/environment/top-26-innovative-uses-of-shipping-containers/

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/london/7176594.stm

http://inhabitat.com/boxpark-londons-first-pop-up-shipping-container-mall-opens-in-shoreditch/

http://blogs.vancouversun.com/2015/11/23/used-shipping-containers-turned-into-art-in-new-westminster/

http://www.dwell.com/great-idea/article/what-you-can-accomplish-single-shipping-container#1

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