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July 5, 2019

World’s tallest shipping container building planned for London

As blogged on New Atlas, planning permission was recently granted for a new shipping container-based office building in London, UK. Assuming all goes to plan, it’ll rise to a height of 26 m (85 ft), making it the world’s tallest shipping container-based building once complete. The project will also boast some sustainable additions, including solar power.

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The prefabricated project is named 118 VR and will be located in Vallance Road, East London, an area undergoing redevelopment that also has a claim to fame as being home to the notorious Kray Twins gangsters in the past. The office building will rise to nine floors and be topped by a solar panel array that will reduce the amount of electricity it draws from the grid.

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Patalab Architecture aims to retain something of the industrial look of the containers, however this will be softened with unified cladding, balconies and the use of glazing, so it won’t be as obvious as, say, Drivelines Studios. The interior walls will be lined with corrugated metal. Structurally, the containers will be stacked atop each other nine high and, according to Dezeen, reinforced by a steel framework.

We’ve written before about the poor performance of shipping containers in both heat and cold. While we’ve no word on what kind of insulation Patalab Architecture will use to mitigate this, the firm should have such issues well in hand, as energy-efficient performance was a requirement for the project receiving planning permission.


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