When entrepreneur Malcom McLean developed the intermodal shipping container in 1956, he became more than just an inventor; he became an architect. Today, when these containers aren’t moving cargo on truck, ship, and rail, they are being used for various methods of habitation: a home, office, and—in at least one case—an environmental education center.
The Los Angeles design group APHIDoIDEA is working on plans for an Environmental Center of Regenerative Research & Education (eCORRE) Complex, a place where evidence for recycling’s potential is written on the corrugated steel walls. With close proximity to the second busiest port in the world, the firm has proposed a building made from 65 shipping containers. The eCORRE complex would boast a slew of sustainable innovations including a botanical garden “green roof” and the incorporation of reusable energy sources.
“[The project] re-adapts the shipping container as core building elements and implemented sustainable strategies to educate its visitors and users about “green” building practices,” said Jesus Eduardo Magaña, a senior collaborator at APHIDoIDEA. “We separated the structure and the space design from the container itself…at the same time we utilized its two best elements: its design modularity and the durability of its material.Follow @arquitectonico