Science and Technology 

The Magic of the Recyclable

Constructing with Containers

Juan Manuel Rojas 

Port of Rotterdam, Netherlands (2012)

A casual stacking of containers makes many architects think of buildings. It’s like the game of spotting figures in the shapes of clouds. This leads not only to erecting buildings with containers, but to seeing container buildings as a source of solutions for certain cases, having, as they do, attributes transcending fashion.

Obviously, architecture made of used containers is sustainable, recycled, and recyclable. It drastically reduces the ecological footprint of construction by naturally addressing humanity’s most serious medium-term problem: the resource-residue binomial. Moreover, because the material is already amortized and therefore cheap, construction costs are reduced considerably. By these premises it would be possible to raise an entire public building on the budget of a large-scale project...

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