Many optical offices dream of owning their own building, never having to pay rent again. If you are in California, your cost can average $200 a square foot- plus the land, plus taxes, plus, plus and more plus. One of the hottest design trends today is using the glut of worldwide shipping containers for offices and homes. Not only would using shipping containers be cost effective and eco-friendly- but think about the talk factor with patients and potential patients who will all want to come and see your office- but the media attention- not just from your local media but all those design and green bloggers!
Check out some of these Eco Friendly Shipping Container Offices
This is the new office complex being built on New Yorks Hudson River. There will be an eco-friendly rooftop park and open-air market. The market and park will be atop art studios. A total re-vision of unused space and eliminates eye-sores.
Freitag Recycled Shipping Container Store in Zurich. Nine standard 20 foot shipping containers were chosen for this small space. Check out how small the space and how the containers have fit into the space.
R4 House- (R4 means reuse, recover, recycle and reasoning) which you can also make into an office- The energy consumption is zero because it has a bioclimatic design using solar panels and has a geothermal energy source. Built with six recycled shipping containers. Note the modular design which allows you to make changes. The construction cost 60,000 Euros ($87, 948)and the small home cost 12, 000 Euro. ($17, 588)
TravelLodge is experimenting with prefab hotels.
LOT-EK is a part of a small group of architects working with shipping containers. The below are condos coming to Chinatown in NYC. Featuring 19 stories- the top being artist loft with a commercial base. Great site with lots of pictures!
In Odessa, Ukraine, this is a large mall built from shipping containers stacked two deep in this 170 acre site.
More outside the box thinking with this new 12 unit office and studio building called ‘The Box Office’. 32 shipping containers were used. By Distill Studio and located in Providence, R.I.
To learn more about container homes and offices visit some of the links below- you will definitely be wowed at the creativity and houses!
- Rethinking Out of The Box– Eco Friendly Statistics on Container Homes
- The Daily Green- 46 slides of Shipping Container Homes
- Design, Buy, Build a Container Home
- Shipping Container Architecture
- Bob Vila- Converting Shipping Containers
- Web Urbanist- Awesome Shipping Container Uses
- Weburbanist- lots of pictures and information on container homes and offices.
- Design Crave– 10 Shipping Container homes