World’s First Exhibit on Container Architecture

World’s First Exhibit on Container Architecture Curated by Jure Kotnik Lands in Seattle

by Bridgette Meinhold 

If your love for container architecture is as unbridled as ours, be sure to hit up a new exhibit at the Seattle AIA Gallery. Curated by Jure Kotnik, the traveling exhibit features photographs over 1568 containers from around the world and explores this alternative prefabricated building approach. The exhibition landed first at the Ljubljana Museum of Architecture and Design in Slovenia, moved to the ESA Gallery in Paris, then to the Platoon Gallery in Berlin and finally lands on the west coast in Seattle, where is will be until December 9th.

Jure Kotnik, an architect based out of Slovenia, is most well known for his recent book called Container Architecture as well as a number of completed cargotecture projects. The traveling architecture exhibition was designed to showcase high-provide container projects from around the world as well as to promote his monograph. Featuring the works of 19 firms, the show demonstrates the many uses of containers in the built environment and proves that quality architecture isn’t about the materials, but rather how you use them.

You’ll see works works you recognize and ones you don’t along with projects from LOT-EK, Platoon, Shigeru Ban, Adam Kalkin, Hybrid Architecture and more. The exhibit also features information on the important characteristics of container architecture along with scale model shipping containers. The 1:50 scale models let visitors try their hand at shipping container architecture.

The Container Architecture Expo is open for one more month in the Seattle AIA Gallery at 1911 First Avenue. You can tour the exhibit on Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for free.


Container Architecture IV (book)

Viviendas sostenibles en contenedores (book)

El arquitecto Luis de Garrido es el autor del libro Sustainable Architecture Containers, un ejemplar cuyo objetivo es mostrar una metodología para hacer arquitectura sostenible utilizando contenedores.

El uso de contenedores en proyectos de arquitectura sostenible cada vez cuenta con más adeptos, el mismo Luis de Garrido, entre mucho otros, se han dejado seducir por las cualidades de estos habitáculos diseñados para almacenar y transportar mercancías a gran distancia, pero que da la causalidad de que tienen una escala humana adecuada, es decir, son válidos para proyectar espacios habitables. A través de las 96 páginas del libro, Luis de Garrido hace un análisis pormenorizado de este nuevo fenómeno. Lo primero que debe hacerse a la hora de utilizar contenedores en arquitectura es asegurar las condiciones mínimas de habitabilidad en su interior, para ello De Garrido desarrolla todas las acciones que deben realizarse con este fin, además de lograr una verdadera arquitectura sostenible.