Cove Park: A Container City

April 29, 2006 at 12:26 am 2 comments

Container City uses shipping containers as modular buildings instead of extending pre-existing ones. Cove Park, a six structure container retreat, strives to break covention in usage of building material. Set on Scotland’s west coast 50 miles from Edinburgh over looking the sea, these retreats are dedicated to artistic excellence.

I am quite convinced of their structural merits as well, and if you have ever seen a container ship yard, you would know they can stack up high. Being structurally sound, these containers could prove very reusable as they can be taken apart, bolted together, moved, and reused when area land-use needs change — or you fancy redecorating. Besides making a chic living space, they could have a use for short-term aid agencies. Instead of tents or FEMA trailers in certain situations, these would allow for the start of a structure that can be added to later.

RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) have an interview with the MD John Burton in an article entitled What a space of waste.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. doig  |  April 29, 2006 at 3:39 pm

    Besides making a chic living space, they could have a use for short-term aid agencies as well.
    Short-term? These containers are not as portable as tents, but they could provide rugged accommodation on a medium- or long-term.

  • 2. ecoaesthete  |  April 30, 2006 at 3:12 am

    Yes. Short-term. It is all relative to what one would considering short, medium, or long term.

    I do not in any way state that I advocate the abandonment of the tent, just providing another option. For example, the famous FEMA trailers from Hurricane Andrew in Florida are still in use there making them unusable for Katrina. Container housing like this could be a viable and cheaper alternative to help in the building of a new home. They could be shipped for pretty cheap and put up as temp-to-perm structures for housing and more easily retrofitted with disaster specific and location specific fittings. Even while these fittings are being installed and located, the strucutre acts as a better barrier to weather than a tent.


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