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Shipping Container Offices Are Right at Home On an Industrial Seafront

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We usually don’t think of shipping containers as fun or interesting places to hang out. Let’s face it, most of us don’t usually think of them at all. But this clever, low-budget office complex made from bright red shipping containers highlights the hidden infrastructure potential they hold.

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I never thought I’d say it, but working in a shipping container might actually be cool.

Designed by Israeli studio Potash Architects, “Shipping Container Terminal” is an office building, technical facility and event space recently installed at the Port of Ashdod, just 40 kilometers south of Tel Aviv. It’s certainly not the first time shipping containers have been repurposed as buildings—in fact, all around the world the humble, sturdy boxes are being transformed into everything from drive through coffee shops to classy homes to tailgate parties.

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Still, this is one of the more well-executed ideas we’ve seen: It’s an attractive design that fits in perfectly in on the industrial seafront. And that angled container staircase is pure genius.

Illustration for article titled Shipping Container Offices Are Right at Home On an Industrial Seafront
Illustration for article titled Shipping Container Offices Are Right at Home On an Industrial Seafront
Illustration for article titled Shipping Container Offices Are Right at Home On an Industrial Seafront
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Illustration for article titled Shipping Container Offices Are Right at Home On an Industrial Seafront

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Images via Potash Architects / Lior Avitan Photography

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Back in 2006-2007 a cultural workgroup built a shipping container house in Stockholm, Sweden, I helped out for a few months in the summer. The house was called Cyklopen, ‘The Cyclops’. Only a few persons had previous experience with construction work, and two guys were studying to be architects, so the building was up to code and approved. But most of us learned everything on site. I’ll post a few photos underneath, just need to edit out faces first since I can’t ask the people in them for approval.