World’s tallest shipping container building designed by Patalab Architecture is planned in East London. Fabricated offsite from reclaimed shipping containers, at nine storeys (26-m tall plus lift overrun) office project will be the tallest shipping container building in the world – just beating the famous Freitag Store in Zurich. Situated in the Whitechapel hinterland, the key driver has been to ensure that low build cost is paired with good design.
For the interiors, Patalab proposes a colour scheme based on freight companies and walls lined with corrugated metal. Externally, the module of the boxes will be expressed in the form of a gridded facade, however, the raw nature of the containers will be treated with a unified cladding and softened with glazed balconies and planting. Unlike other container structures that are 2-3 storeys high which permit raw container stacking in this case walls will have more sophisticated approach.
An important aspect of the development is the focus on sustainability, resulting in a BREEAM rated ‘excellent’. Aside from the fact that the structure is almost entirely recycled, photovoltaic cells will be incorporated on the roof. Alongside sustainability, an ethos of affordability and flexibility is hardwired into our design. Located just outside the City and away from Silicon Roundabout, the offices benefit from being well-connected but with the lower rents afforded by Whitechapel. Combined with the economy of pre-fabrication, the construction cost will total around 30% less than traditional techniques, unlocking the viability of the site and enabling young businesses to flourish.
‘Patalab is an award-winning architecture practice that designs distinctive contemporary spaces and places. Founded in 2008 with offices in London and Berlin, Patalab provides services for a wide range of clients in the UK, Germany and across Europe. Completed work includes a number of acclaimed award-winning schemes: Heath House and Cascade House in Hampstead; The Gables in Primrose Hill; Marconi House in central London; and Zieselhouse in Berlin.
source: Patalab Architecture