Ever wondered what happens to the many shipping containers that are piled up at port terminals around the globe? It is estimated that two million empty shipping containers are sitting idle at any given time. Given that, Cargotecture, or the adaptive reuse of these giant steel shells, sounds like a remarkably obvious idea: It is sustainable; it creates original and surprising architecture; and there are time-saving, manageability, and module organization advantages to it as well which makes the solution we offer at Liquidfire using retired shipping containers as a building material to be both eco-friendly and economical. Containers are so versatile that they can be exposed and incorporated into the exterior of a building or construction project, or they can be hidden away, used merely as a structurally strong prefab element. And, if they are used for a temporary project, shipping containers can easily be re-recycled into a new structure. Shipping containers have been converted into new exciting structures all around the world and can be easily purchased from warehouses, port terminals. At Liquidfire, there are different ways we can re-purpose shipping containers, from food trucks to hotels. Used shipping containers are increasingly being up-cycled for a multitude of different purposes and structures. These purposes and structures include;
- Container homes - Standardized sizes for simplified design, transport and planning.
- Offices and Retail shops - Uniquely designed spaces that are modern and affordable
- Hotels and Hostels - Modern container hotels and hostels are popping up around the world.
- Container gardens - Great way to set up a personal greenhouse project that protects plant from inclement weather.
- Pools - Ideal and affordable for in-ground and above ground pools.
- Food trucks - Putting a shipping container on a truck is a great way of having a functional kitchen on wheels.
- Emergency shelters, farm houses and site accommodation - Ideal shelters for disaster relief.