CRG Architects Unveils Concept For Shipping Container Skyscrapers

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CRG Architects has unveiled a proposal to replace slum housing with a pair of skyscrapers comprising stacks of brightly coloured shipping containers. 

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CRG Architects, which has offices in China and Nigeria, came up with the notion for Container Skyscraper to supply temporary accommodation to replace slum housing in establishing countries.

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The company proposes that recycled shipping containers could be stacked to create large-density, cost-effective housing in urban areas – creating on a string of inventive proposals for the storage structures from architects and designers, various from a cross-shaped micro home to a fan-like photography studio.

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“Cities are facing unprecedented demographic, environmental, financial, social and spatial problems,” said architect Carlos Gomez.

“There has been a phenomenal shift in direction of urbanisation, with 6 out of each and every 10 people in the world anticipated to reside in urban locations by 2030.”

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“In the absence of efficient urban preparing, the consequences of this rapid urbanisation will be dramatic,” Gomez added. “In numerous places close to the planet, the effects can already be felt.”

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Approximately 2,500 containers would be needed to full the proposed scheme, which could property up to five,000 people, in accordance to the architects.


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The steel containers would be supported by a concrete structure and organized with their edges overlapping to develop two cylindrical towers – a single measuring 400 metres in height and the other 200 metres.

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“The greatest quantity of stacking containers a single above the other is 9 units,” explained Gomez. “It signifies we require a primary construction to help them if we want to have such height.”

By pivoting the containers to create a developing with a hollow centre, windows would encounter away from neighbours and maximise views of the city.

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The architects propose that a single unit could be subdivided to provide a studio flat, while up to three containers could be joined to supply a three-bedroom family members residence.

Columns of vertically stacked containers in the core of the towers would residence an elevator, while empty containers could be used for circulation and vertical gardens as well as medical companies, colleges, enjoyment areas and small markets.

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Services pipes and cabling would be threaded through the present cavities in the base made for to permit the lifting of the containers with forklift trucks. Gaps among the structures would provide natural ventilation.


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The towers feature a red, yellow, green and blue colour scheme. The blocks of colors are meant to represent the hottest and coldest components of the creating, with red containers placed on the south facade, blue on the north, and green and yellow on the east and west faces to show the transition in temperature.

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The concept was the runner up in a Mumbai housing competitors. CRG Architects is in discussion with humanitarian organisations to investigate its application elsewhere.

Renderings are by EAFIE.

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