A Los Angeles design group proposes building Long Beach's new environmental education center from 65 discarded shipping containers.
Talk about putting your money where your, um, walls are: the design proposed by APHIDoIDEA would literally recycle a place where people could learn about recycling and other environmentally friendly behaviors.
Because of their symmetrical shape and relative durability in the face of inclement weather, shipping containers have become the favorite building block of eco-conscious designers and architects. We've seen them incorporated into everything from hotels to gymnasiums.
Gizmag explains how APHIDoIDEA would transform the unwanted containers into a state of the art learning center:
In order to create the building, the shipping containers would first be stacked together in a two-row rectangle. The middle of that rectangle would then be raised up in an arch, to create the plaza underneath it. The two rows would then be separated, to allow access to the inside of the containers. Finally, the arched containers would be angled toward the Sun, to maximize solar gain - some of them would be glass-fronted.
When completed, the eCORRE COMPLEX (The Environmental Center of Regenerative Research & Education), would incorporate the most recent developments in renewable energy, including passive design, vegetated roofs and a creative re-use of materials. In recognition of its ingenuity, the design was selected as a finalist in the AIA-LA USGBC Emerging Talent Design Competition.
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