At sister site MNN, Jennifer Nelson looks at five shipping container projects, four of which we have shown on TreeHugger (see related links to the left) but one gem that we missed the first time around: a restaurant on Île Seguin in Paris designed by 1024 Architecture. Strictly speaking, it's a stretch to call it "Cargotecture" or shipping container architecture; the containers are used for washrooms and kitchens, and to hide the elevator.
On the other hand, it is built of my favorite materials for temporary buildings, namely scaffolding. You can build almost anything out of the stuff; the late Mark Fisher used to build the most amazing rock sets for Pink Floyd and the Rolling Stones; here, the architects use it to create the kind of larger spaces that are hard to do with shipping containers. It is raised to provide views and a little architectural drama.
The architects describe it:
The project is an architectural hybridization between an agricultural greenhouse, a barge and a timber-frame house. Modelled after a large wood fibre box suspended in a scaffold structure from which freight containers are hanging, all encompassed beneath a transparent umbrella…
Constructed from scaffolding, wood fibre panels and containers, the restaurant can be promptly extended by video and lighting effects by changing with the assistance of mapping for the duration of a party or a particular event…
The project is a temporary installation because it is on Île Seguin, a massive redevelopment of a former Renault factory by Jean Nouvel; Here is another temporary container project on the island.
No es soló lo que hacemos sino como lo hacemos.