Japanese get creative with shipping containers


A Japanese architectural firm has recently completed a two-story office which has been built out of two used 40-foot shipping containers in Torigoe, Tokyo.

At first glance, the containers appear to be placed carelessly one on top of the other.

However, closer inspection shows that an ultra modern office building with gallery space stretching over an internal area, according to Jetson Green.

The container that forms the base of the building was cut into two parts, then the two parts were placed perpendicular to each other, which led to the formation of two small rooms facing each other.

The second container was placed on top of the two smaller rooms and can be accessed via an exterior staircase.

The construction of the office space took two and a half months to complete and cost the equivalent of US$127,000 to build.

Shipping containers have also been used for housing, a trend which is said to have begun around 15 years ago by architects aiming to be more eco-friendly.

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