Angled Shipping Container Houses A Staircase For Israeli Port Office By Potash Architects

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Shipping containers are typically repurposed to develop buildings, and this construction by Tel Aviv studio Potash Architects features one particular container balanced at a precarious angle .

Shipping Container Terminal office building by Potash Architects

Named Shipping Container Terminal, the building supplies offices and technical facilities at the Port of Ashdod – one particular of Israel’s two primary cargo ports, found about forty kilometres south of Tel Aviv. It also houses an occasions space.

Shipping Container Terminal office building by Potash Architects

Potash Architects needed the creating to reflect its industrial seafront spot, so chose to construct it from shipping containers – the big steel boxes utilized for moving items and raw supplies in between nations.

Shipping Container Terminal office building by Potash Architects

Numerous architects have experimented with these containers, by perforating them, turning them on their sides, or piling them in unusual configurations. But the approach taken here was to angle one particular of the containers to create a focal staircase.

Shipping Container Terminal office building by Potash Architects

“The inspiration was drawn by the way containers are stacked across the facility,” explained task architect Sivan Joseph. “We wished to extend that narrative and add some playfulness to differentiate it from its surroundings and accentuate the recreational function of the building.”


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“It also produced a lot of sense from a sustainable standpoint since in this particular task, employed shipping containers were an abundant resource.”

Shipping Container Terminal office building by Potash Architects

The staircase container is positioned at a thirty-degree angle, with a scissor stair – which doubles back on itself – slotted inside. 3 of its steel walls have been replaced with glazing, while added structural supports were additional at the two main stress points to hold it firmly in location.

Shipping Container Terminal office building by Potash Architects

The rest of the developing is made up of six containers. Four on the ground floor accommodate the events space on one particular side, and offices and tech rooms on the other. The remaining two host more offices above. There are toilets on each ranges.

Shipping Container Terminal office building by Potash Architects

“The slender proportions of a shipping container needed us to join them in different techniques to produce the necessary practical office spaces and halls,” added the architect.

Shipping Container Terminal office building by Potash Architects

An additional characteristic is a reinforced concrete shelter that bridges two of the containers. The Israeli Residence Front Command stipulates that all new buildings include one, so a customized-sized casting mould was prepared as part of the project.

Shipping Container Terminal office building by Potash Architects

Back in 2010, Korean layout workplace AnL Studio experimented with angled shipping containers for a seaside observatory in Incheon. Far more recently, London architect James Whitaker proposed a reduced-cost studio produced up of containers that point to the sky.

Photography is by Lior Avitan.


Project credits:

Client: Ashdod Port
Architect: Potash Architects – Shmuel Potash
Venture architect: Sivan Joseph
Contractor: Marine Containers – Group 207

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