Friday Focus: The Shipping Container Skyscraper


Architects in China are currently experimenting with ideas to build two skyscrapers in one of the world’s largest slums in Dharavi, Mumbai, India, according to Gizmag.

Until now, shipping container accommodation has extended as far as using these boxes for housing and for office space, as was recently the case in Tokyo, Japan.

The proposed skyscrapers would be 400 metres and 200 metres high, with the first tower climbing to 139 floors and the second reaching 78 floors.

Shipping containers are considered more environmentally friendly and have been used in places such as ContainerVille in London, where shipping containers were adopted for use by students.

One architect recently used containers to build a home, which he now resides in, and features three bedrooms and cost around US$127,000 to build.

Around five to six million containers are sailing the ocean at any one time, marking the potential for empty boxes at ports which could be recycled for more creative use.

The 18,000 TEU shipping containers loaded on a Maersk Triple-E vessel could reach higher than the Eiffel Tower when stacked up vertically.

If the shipping container skyscrapers come to fruition, they will be supported by a concrete and steel structure.

(Source: Gizmag / CRG)

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