Shipping Containers Serve a Social Purpose

Many disadvantaged communities in South Africa are faced with a childcare crisis; parents are struggling to find day care centers at which their children can be supervised while they are at work. A Cape Town-based social enterprise, Matchbox Africa, has been working with local caretakers to provide day care and education facilities for children in areas such as Mfuleni. more…

Innovative Bakery In A Container

The great thing about cargotecture is that it has provided many up and coming entrepreneurs with an affordable means of conducting business; a case in point is a quaint bakery that is located in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. Espinanca Innovations was founded by Lufefe “Spinach King” Nomjana, who started out with only R40 and managed to transform a metal shipping container into a popular and lucrative bakery. more…

Cargotecture: A Solution to Africa’s Impending Housing Crisis

The UN-Habitat has released a report in which it is estimated that, by 2030, there will be higher volumes of people living in urban areas than in rural areas. More and more young people are moving to urban areas to seek better job opportunities. Great as that may be for the economy, the population boom and rapid urbanisation are starting to weigh heavy on cities’ abilities to provide adequate housing. If not addressed timeously, the population boom, rapid urbanisation and housing deficit will lead to a protracted crisis. more…

Shipping Container Villages

Over the years, container architecture has become increasingly popular as a green alternative to construction; shipping containers have gained popularity as building materials due to their strength, wide availability and affordability.  Container architecture is also referred to as cargotecture – a term that combines the words ‘cargo’ and architecture; this term perfectly encapsulates the versatility of shipping containers. There are many fascinating structures that have been created using shipping containers; this article will be focusing on three innovative container villages. more…

Schools Built from Shipping Containers

One of the many challenges that a majority of South African schools are faced with is a limited number of classrooms, or a lack thereof. Many learners in rural communities are forced to have classes under a tree; while this may seem like a lovely experience, it can be very problematic, especially during winter and when it rains.  Additionally, learning under a tree can be very distracting for learners and may affect the pass rate.  Some schools have benefitted from the multi-functionality of shipping containers, which have been converted into classrooms.
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Containing the Arts

The versatility and multi-functionality of shipping containers have been proven so many times by different projects; designed by a German architect, Nora Müller, the Gugu S’thebe Theatre is an example of projects that showcase the versatility of shipping containers. This project was developed under the auspices of the Cape Town Department of Arts and Culture, the architectural faculties of RWTH Aachen, PBSA Düsseldorf, Georgia Tech Atlanta, the University of Cape Town and the local community. more…

8 Uses of Shipping Containers

Shipping containers are no longer merely used to transport goods. There has been an impressive creative expansion concerning these sturdy steel structures. This has resulted in the development of numerous shipping container architectural trends. There are many benefits to using shipping containers as the structural shell for your next construction. more…

10 Tips Before Building a Shipping Container Home

The latest architectural tend is shipping container homes. The use of recycled shipping containers as the shell of your home provides a sustainable alternative to brick and mortar. If this appeals to you then here are a few tips to keep in mind before you get started! It may not be as simple as you expect so take note of the advice offered by people who have made their own shipping container homes.

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Innovative Container Creations in South Africa

The use of containers for structural developments has seen increasing popularity throughout the world. From low cost housing to swimming pools and low cost accommodation, the versatility of shipping containers is exceptional. South Africa has been on the cutting edge of these structural trends and has pounced on the opportunity to utilise containers in creative and functional ways. more…

Swimming Pools created with Shipping Containers

Transforming shipping containers into sustainable housing has fast becoming a popular international trend. There is an undoubted appeal in taking a seemingly inanimate industrial object and converting it into a functional living or working facility. The latest trend in shipping container conversions is the creation of swimming pools. more…

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