In the past decade, architects have increasingly made use of storage containers as structural elements. Their inherent strength and durability, modular nature and relatively low cost makes them an attractive material for architects.
The cost benefits are further enhanced by the speed of construction – once planning permission has been obtained, storage container structures can be placed on-site in a matter of weeks or even days, rather than months. This gives businesses great flexibility to get premises up and running when they need them.
Storage containers also chime with the issues of sustainability and eco-friendliness that have gained more prominence in the construction industry in recent years. As they are by nature recycled materials – and easily-transported ones at that – the energy and resources needed to build storage container structures are often a fraction of those required by conventional building techniques.
Concerns have been raised about the aesthetics of storage container architecture – and while it’s true that these buildings are sometimes more functional than beautiful, there are numerous examples around the world of elegant, attractive structures created by forward-thinking designers. As storage containers continue to grow in popularity as building materials, designers will continue to innovate and experiment with them.