Auckland’s The Cloud’s future up for debate – Auckland – AKT

So what now for The Cloud?

The word on the street is that now the Government has said it’s over to Auckland to do what it wishes, there is a strong reluctance to tear it down, we’ll keep it for at least another five years, but no one seems to have a clear view of what use it will have.

BIZARRE: “I wandered lonely as a cloud ” watching rugby on TV

The Cloud, we may recall, was thrust on us good folk by the Government who were under the impression, aided by the powerful IRB, that people needed somewhere prominent to drink and watch the games.

The Cloud: From a distance it’s interesting…

It would serve as a visible marketing enticement to the RWC on the re-invented Queens Wharf along with the tarting up of an the old shed as literally a booze barn of old.

The term Party Central with its binge alcohol connotations was cleverly worked out of the language and replaced by the more family friendly term RWC Fanzone and billed as a place people could watch the TV matches on a big screen.

FANZONE: Party Central morphed into the RWC Fanzone but it was still a place to drink

In the end, the nation got collectively into the RWC so it did not need extra marketing but some people did feel the need to have a shared experience somewhere while watching the games.

The Queens Wharf become especially a fashionable new place for typically faddish there-to-be-seen locals who deserted their Ponsonby haunts plunging those businesses into financial hardship during the Cup.

The Cloud, made of structural steel, timber, opaque fabric PVC, glass and clear ETFE, is interesting but not an iconic waterfront Sydney Opera House for Auckland.

Even the most sceptical like me have found it has certainly strangely grown on me especially when viewed from the Devonport ferry or a distance.

THE CLOUD: Hang out, drink, watch TV, look cool

During the RWC, it acted as a TV media centre for SKY to broadcast from and also served a good purpose as a trade exhibit area for overseas visitors and for the Pacific island leaders forum held just before the RWC got underway.

INSIDE: The Cloud was used for the Pacific Islands expo

But as an expo place, it’s relatively small and competes with the new nearby Viaduct Events Centre at Wynyard Quarter.

Anyway Sky City plans Auckland’s main international exhibition area with their gifted convention centre in return for some casino concessions from the Government.

Shed 10 was given a $4 million makeover, painted, repaired to make the roof watertight, given new doors,and power, water and telco connections added to the nearly 100-year-old building.

SHED 10: A real Kiwi booze barn

That now seems destined to act as the customs processing shed for the fast-growing cruise ship industry until a proper cruise terminal is build on Queens or Captain Cook wharf.

A look at the rough edges of our unplanned CBD landscape reveals sadly that Auckland is a city that has had various projects forced on it as some whim of the moment or bad planning decision.

Should we thank Murray for The Cloud and find some use for it or dismantle it as happened to the big rugby ball yesterday?

Or say no more temporary fixes until we have the proper debate about Auckland’s precious waterfront, led by the draft waterfront Plan?

I think we should do something uncharacteristic in Auckland planning and take a deep breath and think carefully before doing anything. Your thoughts?

via Auckland’s The Cloud’s future up for debate – Auckland – AKT.

The Cloud – New Zealand 2011

The Cloud

This stunning purpose-built pavilion will host concerts and large-scale events, as the extended RWC 2011 Fanzone (with two giant screens), events for media and business guests, and a special showcase of New Zealand innovation. It also features taste at the cloud, running throughout the 45 days of the tournament.

The Cloud illuminated at night The Cloud illuminated at night Taste at The Cloud Le cordon bleu New Zealand culinary match Taste at the Cloud Goldenhorse – Live at The Cloud








The Cloud is the hub of the nationwide REAL New Zealand Showcase, presenting New Zealand’s innovation and creativity through displays and activities highlighting food, wine, fashion,marine, aviation, forestry, seafood and aquaculture, agribusiness, ICT and so much more.

Watch Jo DeFazio talk to TVNZ’s Nadine Chalmers-Ross about the great opportunities being in The Cloud and part of the NZ 2011 Business Club present to the wine industry.

Watch TVNZ’s Nadine Chalmers-Ross talks to Michael Barnett live from The Cloud (Friday 30 September) about the innovations showcase in The Cloud.

Live at The Cloud

For more intimate performances by some of New Zealand’s best loved artists including Goldenhorse, Don McGlashan and The Adults head to The Cloud. All shows start at 8.30pm.

Find out who’s playing

Late night at The Cloud

Stick around after the big matches to hear some of New Zealand’s best DJs and electronica acts including P Money, Nick D & Yewala Soundsystem and DJ Sirvere.

Find out who’s playing

NZ Innovations @ The Cloud (26 Sept – 20 Oct)

An exhibition of great New Zealand design and innovations across a range of fields, which including displays, panel discussions, and opportunities to meet designers and design experts. Come on down and see the best of New Zealand in The Cloud. Find out more

Take a close up look at some the innovations on show at The Cloud.

Taste at The Cloud

Taste at The Cloud is a deeper journey into New Zealand’s exceptional food and beverage. The world knows we have top quality lamb and outstanding sauvignon blanc, but there’s lots more for you to discover. Get your Taste passport and take a trip through the four food zones: seaside, rural,winery/orchard and urban. Try signature dishes designed by some of New Zealand’s top chefs with perfectly-matched beverages and get to the heart of what modern New Zealand cuisine has to offer. Tickets are available for purchase on site in The Cloud or at Open daily.

Brancott Estate

Brancott Estate produces premium New Zealand wine, including the original Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. More than 30 years ago, Brancott’s pioneering founder asked: “What if we planted Sauvignon Blanc grapes in Marlborough?” This curiosity led to the creation of the iconic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc style, one that has redefined the New Zealand wine industry. The Brancott Estate Wine Bar in The Cloud showcases their award-winning wines throughout RWC 2011, including wine tastings with Brancott Estate winemakers. Open daily.

Le cordon bleu New Zealand culinary match – New Zealand vs France

Come to The Cloud to witness New Zealand take on France in a battle of the pans. Watch former French rugby player Olivier Magne and Le Cordon Bleu Executive Chef Philippe Clergue take on former All Black captain Tana Umaga and celebrity chef Al Brown cooking up the best of New Zealand’s produce.

Thursday 22 September | 5.30pm – 7.30pm – see more events on Thursday 22 Sept

New Zealand Fashion Week

The best of New Zealand Fashion Week is presented in a designer showcase selection show on New Zealand’s longest catwalk.

19 – 20 October – see more events on 19 – 20 October

AV in The Cloud

Two AV screens, each measuring 17.57 metres by 4.39 metres, will dominate the inside of The Cloud.

One screen features a film produced for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise by Michael Barnett and the Gibson Group with soundtrack by leading New Zealand composer Gareth Farr. The other screen will play a REAL New Zealand Showcase compilation. Together, they tell the master story of The Cloud, “We Do Things Differently Here”.

On peak match days, The Cloud will complement RWC 2011 Fanzone – Shed 10 as it becomes part of the Fanzone with the Rugby shown on the giant screens.

Watch “We Do Things Differently Here”

via The Cloud – New Zealand 2011.

Waterfront Auckland | Waterfront Attractions

The Cloud is a temporary structure on the western edge of Queens Wharf. It was erected to accommodate Auckland’s commitment to host an inner-city Fanzone, festival and showcase event during the Rugby World Cup 2011.

At almost 180m long, The Cloud can accommodate up to 5,000 people. Its’ ground floor area can be split into four segments, which means the building is able to cater for a range of showcase and festival events occurring at the same time. The mezzanine space at the northern end of The Cloud is ideal for VIP hosting.

To find out more about hiring The Cloud for your own event click here


The Cloud Facts

Building dimensions: Length 178.5m

Ground floor area 3400sqm

Covered atrium area 443sqm

Mezzanine floor area 512sqm

Mezzanine balcony area 75sqm

Total building capacity: 5000 people

Mezzanine capacity: 200 people

Materials: Structure: steel with timber detailing

Roof: opaque fabric PVC

Walls: mix of glass and clear ETFE

Cost: $9.8 million

via Waterfront Auckland | Waterfront Attractions.

Rugby World Cup venue The Cloud popular with visitors… |

It was criticised when it was unveiled, but now it seems Aucklanders have been won over by the $9.8 million Cloud on the waterfront.

In a street poll, the majority of locals said they wanted to keep the venue and suggested its future uses could include anything from a museum, to a concert venue to a bistro.

Waterfront Auckland, the Government and Auckland Council are involved in ongoing discussions about the structure’s future.

Plans for the $9.8m temporary structure were unveiled last October but critics labelled the undulating white structure as “The Slug” and heritage lobbyists argued the historic Shed 11 shouldn’t have been demolished to make way for the structure.

But Aucklanders polled last week seemed to have changed their tune.

A number of people described the temporary structure as “awesome” and everyone agreed it should remain on Auckland’s waterfront.

The venue, which has had nearly a million visitors, has hosted a showcase of Kiwi innovation, late night DJs, live music acts including Goldenhorse and Don McGlashan, and a Cordon Bleu culinary match between New Zealand and France.

Paul Leacock said: “It’s great. There’s a lot of energy and excitement there – it’s awesome.”

Jury Ropata believed it could be further utilised for events and concerts.

“I reckon it should stay just for other tourists to come and have a look that haven’t seen it yet.”

Carolyn Chrochtan said the structure had been a good use of taxpayers’ money.

Waterfront Auckland chairman Bob Harvey says he is “very keen” to see the Queens Wharf structure remain in Auckland following its popularity during the World Cup.

He says the council-controlled organisation (CCO) is working with the mayor and the Government to determine costs involved in keeping the structure.

“It’s hugely popular and it’s quite clear there would be no problem in finding bookings for it.

“And so, on the success of it we are all committed to looking at how it might stay.”

A spokesman from the mayor’s office says an announcement about The Cloud’s future wouldn’t be made “anytime soon”.

But he says the mayor is committed to maintaining Queens Wharf as a public space and says it will be used as a cruise ship terminal for the time being.

The 180-metre venue, constructed of steel frame and fabric covering, can be divided into four to host multiple events and hold up to 6000 people.

It opened to the public on September 6 – three days before the RWC kicked off.

During the tournament it has hosted VIPs, international media and thousands of rugby fans who come to watch tournament matches.

Last week, 828,889 visitors had passed through the waterfront fan zones at Queens and Captain Cook wharves during the Rugby World Cup.

via Rugby World Cup venue The Cloud popular with visitors… |

Building An Office Of Shipping Containers : NPR

In the beginning of the recession, shipping containers began stacking up on American shores. Architects saw an opportunity to recycle these relatively cheap building materials into homes and other living spaces.

In Providence, R.I., designers have constructed what may be the first permanent, multistory office building in the United States made entirely from shipping containers.

Several times every day, passenger trains travel through Providence, passing a Smurf-blue building with a shock of yellow and green. The structure looks like it’s made from Legos and often grabs the attention of riders zipping past.

“When Amtrak goes by, it’s a little event. And they look up from their computer and watch it go by,” says Peter Case, who owns and helped design the building made entirely from cargo shipping containers — steel, rectangular boxes carried on trucks and trains.

‘Let The Container Be A Container’

The three-story complex is divided into two sets of offices with a canopy made from the sides of containers covering an exposed central hallway.

“Our mantra was let the container be a container whenever possible. So we don’t hide the dings,” Case says.

Courtesy of Containers to Clinics

Containers to Clinics, a nonprofit organization based in Massachusetts, converts shipping containers into health clinics, such as the one above being deployed by a crane in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Dings and all, the building cost $1.8 million — half the cost of his original plans for a conventional building, which Case scrapped when the economy tanked. There was no precedent in the U.S., so he had to convince Providence officials, who were a little hesitant at first.

Then he bought shipping containers for $2,000 each and welded two or three of them together, cutting out the sides to create an open floor plan.

Inside, it feels like any other office space. It took Case and his team six months to design and figure out the basics like installing windows, electric and plumbing. It took just four days to truck in the containers and plunk them down on-site.

The building is now open for business, and website consultant Chris Murray is the first renter. He recognized it from a Craigslist ad and had to check it out.

“We decided to come here because it is a really unique and neat place,” Murray says.

Portable And Cool, But Still A Challenge

The office in Providence is not the first building made from containers. Container homes and art studios are sprinkled around the U.S., and there is a school in Mexico made of the steel boxes. One nonprofit called Containers to Clinics is turning containers into health clinics for poor and rural countries.

These structures may be portable and look cool, but don’t expect to start seeing them everywhere, says builder Joshua Brandt.

“If building with containers was like a fundamentally superior way to build things, people would build out of containers all the time. And the reason why they don’t is because it is very challenging,” he says.

via Building An Office Of Shipping Containers : NPR.

Shanghai container hotel products, from $3599/unit

Packaging & Delivery

Packaging Detail: SEA WORTHY PACKING



container hotel

1,TUV CE certification

2,fireproof ,waterproof

3,acoustic property

4,easy insulation

Guangzhou RichTown prefabricated container hotel is a modular and knock-down product. It is easy and fast to transport also reduce the transport cost.

1. Bolt connection. It is easy to installation at the site. It takes only 3 hours to finish the installation work for 4 skillful workers with simple tools.

2. Firm and safe. It resists wind of 10/ whole gale, earthquake measuring 8 magnitude. And fireproof degree of protection materials is B2.

3. Convenient package and transportation. They are considered when the house is designed. Either container or flat truck is available for transportation, and it also could be integrated packaging.

4. Waterproof. Roof is designed to be waterproof, and it doesn’t need to deal with water leaking.

5. Water and corrosion proof. Surface of the metal is sprayed after galvanizing.

6. Insulation. the middle material of the protection is polystyrene which is good at heat preservation.

7. Size and arrangement of the house could be changed as costumer’s requirement. Window, door and separation could be rearranged to make full use of space.

via Shanghai container hotel products, buy Shanghai container hotel products from

Buford, Wyo. _ population 1 _ heads to auction – Yahoo! News

BUFORD, Wyo. (AP) — What’s advertised as the smallest town in the United States is scheduled to go up for auction next month.

Buford, located between Cheyenne and Laramie in southeast Wyoming, is famous for having just one inhabitant, Don Sammons.

Sammons plans to retire from managing his businesses at Buford and move on. The auction is set for noon on April 5.

Buford traces its origins the 1860s and the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad and had as many as 2,000 residents before the railroad was rerouted.

Sammons and his family moved from Los Angeles to Buford in 1980. Family members moved away over the years, but Sammons stayed on as sole resident and “mayor” of the unincorporated community. He bought the trading post in 1992 and operated it until last year.

“It was a great life for me and for my family,” he said, adding it would be the same for anyone looking for a unique operation.

Buford sits at an elevation of 8,000 feet and is the highest town along Interstate 80 between New York and California. The area offers impressive views of the Rocky Mountains but is prone to extreme winds and frigid temperatures — even by Wyoming standards.

Foul weather shuts down I-80 between Cheyenne and Laramie at least a couple times during a typical winter. Each time that happens, Buford might as well be at the North Pole rather than next to one of the busiest cross-country thoroughfares in the U.S.

Assets up for sale will include a gas station and convenience store, a 1905 schoolhouse that has been used as an office, a cabin, a garage, 10 acres of land, a three-bedroom home, the Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported ( ).

Buford has its own ZIP code and post office boxes for people who live nearby.

It’s a business opportunity that also offers a romantic lifestyle, said Amy Bates, chief marketing officer for Oklahoma City, Okla.-based Williams and Williams, which is handling the auction. Bidding will open at $100,000, she said.

“We’re going to have a variety of people attracted to this property, based on what it would mean to them,” Bates said.

via Buford, Wyo. _ population 1 _ heads to auction – Yahoo! News.

Entire town of Buford, Wyo., for sale by sole resident | The Sideshow – Yahoo! News

If you’ve got a spare $100,000, you could potentially become the owner of a small Wyoming town that’s set to be auctioned off next month by its sole resident.

After more than 30 years of residing in the unincorporated community, town “mayor”  Don Sammons says it’s finally time to move on.

“Don, ‘The Mayor’, is retiring after 20 wonderful years in his town,” Sammons writes on the website for his business, the Buford Trading Post, a gas station and store. “This entire, income producing, town is for sale; the house, the Trading Post, the former school house, along with all the history of this very unique place.”

Buford, located between Cheyenne and Laramie, was first founded in the 1860s and was once home to an estimated 2,000 residents before the Transcontinental Railroad was rerouted.

Sammons moved to Buford with his family in 1980. In 1992, he bought the Buford Trading Post and has continued to preside as Buford’s unofficial “mayor.” Over the years, members of Sammons’ family gradually moved away until he was finally left as the only resident.

“It was a great life for me and for my family,” Sammons, 60, told the Wyoming Tribune Eagle, adding that selling it on his own wouldn’t do the town justice. “I needed to find someone who is an expert in selling unique and one-of-a-kind items.” Buford, Wyoming’s second-oldest town, was named after a Civil War general.

Along with the above-mentioned items, whoever purchases Buford will also become proprietor of his or her very own ZIP code, 82052.

And while Sammons is Buford’s sole resident, he’s hardly alone out there. Sammons says the trading post is visited by roughly 1,000 customers per day.

A local advertisement for the forthcoming auction, hosted by Oklahoma-based Williams and Williams, describes the sale as follows:

“Unique opportunity to acquire an entire town, along with the Buford Trading post, an income-producing convenience and fuel store. Included in the auction are 10+/- acres of land, five buildings including a 3 bedroom home, United States post office boxes, plow and three vehicles. There is also a Union Wireless cellular tower with lease, and parking area previously used by an overnight shipping company for nighttime trailer switches.”

“We’re going to have a variety of people attracted to this property, based on what it would mean to them,” Williams and Williams’ Chief Marketing Officer Amy Bates told the Eagle.

via Entire town of Buford, Wyo., for sale by sole resident | The Sideshow – Yahoo! News.

Cargo Hostel on the Behance Network – concept

Compact living is something that has become quite popular as the world’s cities are becoming more dense with people. In Japan it has for decades been an available option for bussinessmen or travelers alike who missed their last train, or who for other reasons want a temporarly and cheap alternative to a hotel. These solution has been known as “capsule hotels”. In Europe, these kind of hotels do not exist, perhaps because we in our cultures do not have the need to pack up tightly on small areas, and the idea of replacing a spacious hotel- or motel room with one the size of XS might not be pleasing to everyone. Still there might be a potential for this in Europe and other parts of the world if directed to a different target group.

By intergrating the idea of capsule hotels and a container – it suddenly becomes very mobile. As the frame is a 40-feet container it utilises the standard which makes it very easy to ship by boat, tuck, train or plane. It can be placed indoors or outdoors and withstand rough weather conditions. The only thing that needs to be fitted upon arrival is the ladders, handles and the screen, which can be stored in the storage area next to the rooms.

An intergrated reservation system with limited time access cards makes the system almost completely automatic and transactions can be done wirelessly by creditcard or sms. For ventilation, ligh
ting and booking to function – the powersupply features two 3-phase connectors and a battery serves as an insurance if an emergency arises and the power i cut off.

Targets of interest

Campings – as a cheaper alternative to cabins, tents or trailers for a shorter period of time

Festivals/concerts – an alternative to tents which can be placed a bit off from muddy and soiled ground

Along roads – for tired families or drivers

Tourists who seek new experiences – backpackers etc

Trainstations and airports – this has been conceptualised before, yet this option could be plausible

via Cargo Hostel on the Behance Network.

Recycled Shipping Container ‘Glamping’ at Beach Resort in Buenos Aires : TreeHugger

Alterra is a so-called ‘glamping’ which offers rooms in refurbished shipping containers in the woods of Pinamar, an upscale beach resort 350 kilometers south-east from Buenos Aires.

They say it’s the second luxury camping in the country after Adventure Domes in Patagonia, although this one resembles more a hostel or a hotel.

© Alterra

Some particular features about Alterra are that the containers are placed next to a house built by local star-architect Clorindo Testa and that it aims at artist types.

The space is located in a 32,000 sq. feet lot which used to house an art gallery. After moving the gallery to the first floor, the owners turned some of the rooms into ateliers and brought in the containers.

© Alterra

While the look of the recycled spaces is little compared to some amazing retail stores we’ve seen everywhere from Zurich to Alicante, the added value is their surroundings: Pinamar is one of few beach resorts with dense pine woods in the coast of Buenos Aires, and the glamping is placed in-between the green.

© Alterra

Fair to note is also that the containers were isolated with discarded materials, use energy efficient lightning and appliances, and were placed without cutting down any trees.

© Alterra

While January is the month you can only enjoy crowded beaches and endless lines to get a meal in the beach area, Alterra seems like an interesting alternative for upscale travelers to get outside the city at other times of the year. Prices to spend the night at


via Recycled Shipping Container ‘Glamping’ at Beach Resort in Buenos Aires : TreeHugger.

Student Housing Complex Designed From 100 Recycled Shipping Containers In France By OLGGA | TheTechJournal

looks cool; needs balconies

A housing complex for students have been designed by the french architectural firm Olgga Architects. The designed hostel will be built on 100 recycled shipping containers. And they named it “CROU”. This is called green technology. What a thought!!! It’s really amazing.

Front View

Shipping container structures are seen gaining a lot of popularity in current times. Not only are they beautiful and stylish, but also portable, affordable, durable and eco-friendly. This time I introduce you to a student housing complex built from recycled shipping containers.

‘crou’ student housing made from 100 recycled shipping containers

Olgga architects, a French firm shaped 100 shipping containers into a sturdy, economical and sustainable student housing in Le Havre, France. Each of these containers will function as an individual room for a student while maximizing space limitations. Dubbed the ‘Crou’, the 2,851m2 structure intends to make use of recycled containers, stacked in a somewhat pyramidal arrangement.

The pyramid-like arrangement of shipping containers

From what it appears in the images, one side of the container will function as the entrance, and will have connecting stairs and platforms to reach the entrance.

Profile View

needs decals

There is an environmental benefit associated with it which is it puts surplus containers to use instead of letting them slowly rust in a landfill.

One of the room typologies

The project is named Crou, and will be spread over an area of 30,700 square feet on the school campus. It is an interesting design, and appears to be a well designed project. What would be interesting to see is how the architects deal with the problem of noise that would be inherent to this all metal structure. But there should be a way to take care of that in the 4.45 million euro budget this has.

via Student Housing Complex Designed From 100 Recycled Shipping Containers In France By OLGGA | TheTechJournal.

Container City UK Introduction

i like the riverside one

Container City™ is an innovative and highly versatile system that provides stylish and affordable accommodation for a range of uses.

Devised by Urban Space Management Ltd, the Container City™ system uses shipping containers linked together to provide high strength, prefabricated steel modules that can be combined to create a wide variety of building shapes and adapted to suit most planning or end user needs.

This modular technology enables construction times and cost to be reduced by up to half that of traditional building techniques while remaining significantly more environmentally friendly.

To date Urban Space Management Ltd has successfully used the Container City™ system to create office space, retail space, artist studios, a nursery, youth centres and live / work space.

This low cost approach to housing needs has been commended by both government and private sectors alike, and in 2005 the Fawood Children’s Centre was shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize.

via Container Cityâ„¢ | Introduction. – link list of many container projects

There is growing interest in the use of shipping containers as the basis for habitable structures. These “icons of globalization” are relatively inexpensive, structurally sound and in abundant supply. Although, in raw form, containers are dark windowless boxes (which might place them at odds with some of the tenets of modernist design…) they can be highly customizable modular elements of a larger structure.

The projects below are sorted alphabetically (by company or designer’s name). In addition to the container-based projects listed below we offer links to useful web sites and relevant books.

via containerbay.

Stay in a shipping container – for hotel luxury on a budget | Travel | The Guardian

Amsterdam is a good place to try new experiences. Sleeping in a shipping container is unlikely to be top of every visitor’s list, but when I wake up after my first night at citizenM Centraal, the city’s newest designer hotel, I feel like I’ve seen the future of international travel — and it’s a 14-square meter steel box.

The hotel, made up of 215 shipping containers welded together over five floors, is one of a new breed of budget hotels that aim to make life easier for the cash-strapped 21st century traveller. It’s a particularly Dutch idea – the lack of affordable housing in Amsterdam has meant local students have been living in homes made of shipping containers for years – but now it’s becoming a huge hit with international travellers.

As we’re being asked to spend more on air taxes, checking in our baggage and even the privilege of using a credit card to pay for it all, hotels like this are springing up across the globe.

The first budget hotels, such as Yotel and easyHotel, were constructed around airports and aimed at business travellers, but they’ve become so popular with tourists that branches have started opening in city centres. They cater to those who travel light and don’t mind forgoing a bit of space and privacy in exchange for affordable luxury in the world’s most expensive cities.

As I wash my hair in our room’s “rain shower” cubicle before breakfast, I’m able to watch my other half still asleep, curled up in our duvet, three feet from my navel. It feels a little strange, but it’s all part of the experience, or so we’re told. “citizenM understands that mobile citizens want luxury without unwanted extras,” says its self-consciously hip brochure, published on newsprint. “That means great locations and great showers, big beds and big towels, free films and free Wi-Fi. In other words, big expectations for not so big prices.” Those prices start at €79 a night – a snip compared to other Amsterdam hotels.

“Over the past year, we’ve definitely noticed an increase both in the number of these hotels opening and also the number of bookings for them,” says Andrew Warner, senior director of marketing at Expedia. “They aren’t just offering you a value-for-money proposition, but they’re also giving you that sort of designer style you might expect from a more expensive hotel but at a very accessible price.

“This is the hotel equivalent of easyJet and Ryanair,” says Nigel Pocklington of “The middle is getting squeezed. There’s clearly a market for five-star luxury, and the expectations consumers have of that are ever-increasing, and the segment of consumers who are much more value-conscious are less happy to pay for a bog-standard three-star hotel.

“From what we can see, people who are staying in them are smarter and more experienced travellers because they’ve figured out they can pay for things that are important to them, but not necessarily everything,” he adds. “It was a very clever concept when Ikea brought it to home furnishing, and frankly there are quite a lot of parallels there.”

He predicts that these kinds of hotels will start being rolled out across “all of the classic weekend-break destinations over the next few years”.

citizenM certainly has global ambitions. There are two in Amsterdam – one at Schiphol airport and the new one in the city – while Britain’s first branch opened its doors in Glasgow in September, and the first London citizenM will open on the South Bank next year. Another is being built in east London in time for the Olympics. Two sites in New York and Paris are also in the pipeline.

Yotel, run by Simon Woodroffe of Yo! Sushi fame, is also cashing in on the trend. It has been offering rooms near airports since 2007 starting at £25 for a four-hour stay. They’ve been so popular that Yotel is opening a branch near New York’s Times Square next year, which will house nearly 700 cabins. Its rooms are styled to look like first-class aeroplane cabins, with the biggest pods just 10 square metres.

The easyHotel chain owns 13 budget hotels across Europe and one in Dubai, with five branches in central London. These are less about luxury – the cheapest rooms have a tiny six square metres of floor space and no windows – but with prices starting at £25 a night, you get what you pay for, including easyJet’s trademark screaming orange.

“It’s really important that anyone who’s thinking of staying in one of these hotels checks the reviews,” says Warner. “In some of the chains you might have to pay extra if you want your room cleaned. Some of them charge if you want toiletries or towels in the room. You need to be a little bit careful in terms of where some of the hidden costs might lie, which might push the price up beyond what you thought you were going to have to pay, for things you take for granted.”

Of course, these hotels aren’t going to suit everybody. If you like a human being to check you in and help with your baggage, this certainly isn’t for you. You need to be happy using gadgets and obviously not prone to claustrophobia.

More than anything, you need to be sure you’re very comfortable with the person who’s sharing your room. While our toilets at citizenM had customisable light and temperature settings, the designers still hadn’t figured out how to make them soundproof. If the future of international travel is affordable luxury, the traveller of the future might have to sacrifice a little bit of dignity to get it.

via Stay in a shipping container – for hotel luxury on a budget | Travel | The Guardian.

London Container City | The Riverside Building

Completed in 2005, The Riverside Building is the third of the Container City projects to be housed at Trinity Buoy Wharf in London’s Docklands.

Situated on the banks of the river Thames opposite the Millennium Dome, The Riverside Building is set over five floors and has created 22 office spaces.

With fully glazed front facades, sleek lines and external decked walkways and balconies The Riverside Building takes full advantage of its riverside location providing spectacular views at an affordable price

via Container Cityâ„¢ | The Riverside Building.

South Africa New Eden Foundation Shipping Container Hostel | WebUrbanist

This hostel was built in South Africa in 1998 and uses a total of 40 second-hand shipping containers. It has accomodations for up to 120 tenants, a flat for a hostel manager and two small flats for hostel employees. While the surrounding community was originally against a “container squatter camp” being erected in the area, they eventually warmed to the idea after seeing that a shipping container building doesn’t have to look like a raw, industrial structure.

via New Eden Foundation Shipping Container Hostel | WebUrbanist.

Shipping Container Office – Building an Office Out of Containers

When the recession first hit shipping containers started to stack up at major ports all over the world. Especially here in America. And while many would see this as a problem, architects saw it as an opportunity.

An opportunity to build homes and office space at affordable prices using nothing more than shipping containers. And while this might seem like a weird or silly idea to you, truth is companies have used this method to build state of the art offices for half the cost of using regular building materials.

An example of this would be an office building in Providence, RI that was build completely out of shipping containers.

If they would have went the conventional way they would have paid almost $3 million dollars for the type of building they wanted. But with shipping containers they were able to get the office building they wanted for $1.8 million. That’s almost a 50% savings.

Container Office Benefits

But not only will building a shipping container office save you money, they will also provide a better level of protection over a conventional building. Shipping containers are extremely strong metal boxes. They can withstand some of the harshest weather conditions.

They are perfect for areas that have to deal with earthquakes and hurricanes. And generally speaking the containers are made with recycled materials which means they are safe to be in for extended periods of time.

Depending on where you live you can probably go to your local port and see a ton of unused containers stacked several feet high. And since they are just taking up space on the shipping yards, there is a good chance you can get a really good deal on them.

The biggest expense will come into play when its time to have the container shipped to your location. It is best to shop around and find the company that offers the best deal.

via Shipping Container Office – Building an Office Out of Containers.

Lego Block Eco Town Container Community – Edinburgh’s biggest development since 18th century, 300 units

This month is the 50th anniversary of the creation of Lego bricks, and what better way to commemorate one of the greatest, most edutainment-oriented toys of the 20th Century than by taking their ingenious design to the next level?

Now, Scotland has unveiled plans for an environmentally friendly community made out of recycled shipping containers, inspired by Lego engineering, reports the newspaper Scotland on Sunday. Edinburgh’s mixed residential and business, 300-building complex – made of steel boxes that slot together – would be the biggest of its kind in the UK.

Project developers Forth Ports expect the container community to be divided into two villages, and to be followed by some 16,000 new homes in the area. Forth Ports CEO Charles Hammond says he had drawn inspired by a visit to the small Container City project in east London.

The containers are likely to be cut out on one side and welded to another to allow for simple two-room units, with an office and living quarters. They are expected to attract artists and other creative types, at least in the beginning.

What makes them green? Modular style homes can be built much quicker, with less materials, energy and labor, than traditional construction. They are easier to service and maintain, and are typically smaller in size, also leading to less resource use.

If the entire planned development goes through, it will represent Edinburgh’s biggest new homes project since the 18th Century.

via Lego Block Eco Town Container Community – Scotlands Green Building on Lego 50th Anniversary – The Daily Green.

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Container Project – South Africa

The Container Project is a not-for-profit Community Multimedia Center providing access to new technology for marginalised and under-educated people in rural communities. The Project promotes the use of the Internet and other multimedia platform as a new and innovative means of learning and creative development for career boosting activity and empowerment through the use of information communication technology and computers.

Our main strategy lies in the introduction of the use of computer related technology to grassroots communities, empowering the youths and long-term unemployed in developing and improving their ability to successfully interact with the new and emerging technologies. The “Container” is a phisically a 40ft shipping container unit, equipped with computers and other forms of communication media. It was designed to be transported across the island, setting up workshop projects, introducing the target groups to the creative and productive use of computer software and hardware, communication technology, giving access and demonstrative communication skills to those who would otherwise not have had these opportunities. (In the pilot phase the Container has been “immobilised” at Palmers Cross; in the first instance because we did not have a chassis, but, in the months after the launch, because of the communitys’ attachment to the project.)

The project recognises the fact that as the developed world increasingly turns to ICT in all aspects of everyday life – for communication, business, trade, information and pleasure – people in developing countries are being left behind. Thus the gap between rich and poor, developed and developing countries is widening. The Container sets out to address this imbalance, it’s concept is simple:

1. To build a mobile computer resource facility that is familiar in its appearance so as not to intimidate its target users. (Shipping containers are a familiar sight along the Jamaican roadways as a form of localised development infrastructure.)

2. Equip the Container with computer terminals and Internet connection.

3. Deliver a non-profit mobile access space to new technology for marginalised urban and rural communities linking them to their heritage and cultural backbone. Giving creative individuals / marginalised groups open access to computer equipment.

4. Drive the Container into the heart of the communities where people are most marginalised.

5. Work with grass roots people to demonstrate the value of ICT and DTP– showing how it can enhance people’s lives through improved communication and access to new opportunities for both business and pleasure.

6. Provide basic training in computer software and Internet use by multimedia professionals from around the world.

7. Aim to establish a permanent local Internet provider (Cyber Center)– whether this is setting up links with an existing resource that may exist nearby, or fundraising for provision where none exists.

8. Move the Container on to new communities, building connections and networks along the way.

In short, the Container is a mobile workstation existing primarily to provide simplified access to information technology about topics that are distributed over a number of different applications. Some fifteen plus computers and other equipment in the specially converted container will form the core of a roving multimedia center. The Container will work with local and international collaborators and artists to produce a series of multimedia workshops. At the most basic level the Container will function as a link to new media resources; at a more advanced level it will provide considerable added value and training to the existing workforce and a resource for information and communication source information. The project will also be collecting donated computers to set up a series of multimedia workshops in communities that the Container will be visiting across Jamaica extending the prospect of free access and continuous connectivity with the project and facilitation groups around the world. The main objectives of these workshops are to facilitate the idea of alternative networking between the Caribbean islands and the rest of the world. Creating a Do-It-Yourself medium through the use of computers and new technology.

1. Environment
The facility is situated in a mobile refitted 40ft shipping container with open windows and doors. The container is located on an asphalted open lot in close proximity to the well-known Parker Pond, a landmark in Palmers Cross.

There are 16 workstations running three operating systems -Windows, Mac OS and Linux with CD R/RW and DVD players, Printers and other peripheral.
All the equipment is available for community use. The Project provides video taping, audio recording, graphics design and other basic software manipulation.
The training methodology encourages users to pursue their own interests and ambitions, calling upon the help of colleagues and professionals as and when required. The Container offers the opportunity to learn and produce using office applications, multimedia and music, and also involves participants in day to day hardware and operating system maintenance.

2.1 Connectivity
A land line was recently installed by CW Jamaica. Application had been made in 2000. It is hoped that the Container will receive sponsorship for an ADSL line in March 2004 which will enable it to provide Internet services.The Container makes use of Open source technology and operates in a Linux based network server.

2.2 Power
The facility is supplied by the national grid (JPS co), and as such is subject to the vagaries of periodic power cuts due to load shedding and various other reasons. The risk posed by varying voltages to the Unit is countered through the installation of a 220V system using UK power points which are fused .

2.3 Adequacy of the physical facilities
The facility is adequate to fulfil its current remits and forms an integral part of the ownership policy under which the community feel that the facility is very much a part of them.

3 The Users
There are currently 210 registered users of the facility, who range in age from 6 up to 65 years. There is no upper age limit barrier. The user group are broken down as follows:
20% Ages 6-12 years
70% Ages 13-30 years
10% Ages 31-65 years
Several users travel from up to 20 miles away to use the facility.
3.1 Level of education
62% users have education up to Grade 6- 9
12% have secondary education
15 % have primary level
<3% have tertiary education.

3.2 Occupation
The break down of occupation among users of the Container is as follows:
Unemployed 43%
Students 36%
Self-employed 15%
Employed 3%
Professional 3%
The employed group includes those which work in bars and stores in Palmers Cross, May Pen and environs. Of those self employed, some are mechanics, chicken farmers or involved in the building construction trade. Of the unemployed are young men and women, of varying educational standard with nothing to do.

3.3 Percentage awareness and receptiveness to information and communication technology
Almost 100% of visitors to the Project leave with an appreciation of ICT and its potential value to them and their community.

3.4 Percentage experience in, or exposure to use of the information and communication technology
Approximately 3% of members were already exposed to information technology and have used it in one form or another prior to coming to the Container.

3.5 Daily percentage level of usage of ICT facilities by community members
Usage varies with the highest number of persons coming in the afternoons and on Saturdays. The Container is open 10 hrs per day and can accommodate 50 persons per day. On average about 75% of capacity usage occurs each day. Palmers Cross is located in central Jamaica/south east Clarendon an area of high unemployment and under-educated people. Though rural the community is not a farming one and consists of mostly domestic inhabitants seeking low-level employment and is statistically a high crime area. Although training for employment socialisation and self-actualisation have become important deliverables the Container is faithful to its original mission which is to be a user-friendly community access point for trans-border communication and information between the people of Palmers Cross of all ages and relatives friends and opportunities in far-flung and distant locations cross the globe. The container Project teaches people of all ages to use the computer to industry standards and also as a creative tool and for personal communication needs. We offer traditional ICT Course in Office applications Multimedia Production.

via Container Document.

Container Conversion overview

melamine and pressed wool insulated interior

In the last post we went through some of the things you should consider when planning your shipping container conversion.Each of the points raised probably deserve a more in depth look and so today I am going to deal with probably the topic that I get asked about most – insulation.

There is, of course, various reasons why you might want to line and insulate your shipping container. Obviously if you are planning on converting it into a usable office, clubhouse or any type of building you want to be able to control just how warm/cool it is. And lets face it. There is no point in just putting heaters or air conditioning in to regulate the temperature in what would be without lining a metal box. The cost would be the same as trying to govern the temperature outside. Insulation is vital to keep those energy costs down and to stabilise the overall temperature inside your shipping containers. It also helps stop condensation.


A container lined and insulated using melamine faced board and rockwool

There are various options you can consider. The most popular way of insulating your container is to batten out the sides and the ceiling, insulate with rockwool and finish with a faced board of your choice. There are various options here from melamine to plasterboard finishes. There are specialist options which have higher fire ratings or sound proofing. Much depends on what your shipping container conversion is going to be used for.

All this happens on the inside of the containers. But let us not forget that there are other options to consider such as cladding or using SPF on the outside of the container. SPF or Spray Foam Insulation can be sprayed directly onto the walls etc to provide a barrier before putting on a decorative cladding. You would have put on some battening or furring strips to contain it as it expands to fit every nook and cranny. It is not commonly used in the UK on shipping containers at the moment but certainly is worth considering. If anyone is interested in learning more of the practical details of applying this stuff, let me know and I will do a post on it.

Green Roof on Shipping Container

Another popular external insulation is a green roof. Effectively a tray on top of the container, filled with soil and planted up.

There are so many different container conversions that have been built over the years that it is easy to get sidetracked and forget to look at the basics. As with any conversion, good planning is essential and if you are able to work out exactly what you want and draw some upsort of plan that is good place to start. Here are some important points to bear in mind when drawing up your plan:-

No matter how large your conversion is eventually going to be it is important to remember the basic sizes of shipping container – either the 20ft or 40ft lengths are the most commonly used.

Remember that sides can be cut out of containers so that they can be combined on site to give more width – though always in 8ft increases.

Shipping Containers can also be stacked on top of one another to give additional height though it is important to line up the iso blocks on the cornersfor strength. 20ft containers should therefore sit only on 20ft containers – don’t think you can add a 40ft on one level with two 20fts on top for example and still keep integral strength.

If you are considering having heating or air conditioning do think about having the container lined and insulated

Windows can be double glazed and you should always consider having metal shutters for security. The average sized window is 3ftx3ft.

Whilst second hand shipping containers provide a greener solution if you are considering a multi-container conversion it could be as well to go for new/once used containers so that the floor levels can match up as the containers will all have been built to the same specification.

Single container conversions can be divided into sections. A lot of office conversions for example consist of 50% office and 50% storage space.

Additional doors can be put into the container. The most common is a personnel door but double container doors and even complete side access doors are possibilities.

Electricity can be supplied not only by the traditional method of connecting to the National Grid but by alternative sources such as solar panels, wind turbines etc.

Plumbing can be added from simple sinks to disabled lavatories but remember to consider where the pipes need to go in relation to your site.

You do not need to provide any more than a basic sketch or layout of your conversion – although wonderful to receive a CAD drawing a basic plan is often sufficient to get things started. Inevitably shipping container conversionsevolve as the planning process is discussed and developed. A reputable company should always give you a quotation and will be quite happy to break down the different costings so that you can choose and develop your conversions as you progress.

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Shipping Container Conversions – How Green Are they?

21/10/10 10:11 am by CS Shipping Containers

Using second hand shipping containers to turn into homes, site offices, community projects, classrooms (to name but a few) is a common sense solution that can solve all sorts of problems. Not only do these shippingcontainer conversions mean that you are recycling what is essentially anindustrial product but they also save you money.

If you look at a shipping container as being essentially a building block it is easy to imagine combining them in all sorts of different combinations and then lining and insulating them, putting in windows and doors and power to convert them to whatever you require.

You can combine containers to form larger buildings

Power can be by linking the second hand shipping container to the grid, but also more and more, people are looking to having solar panels on the roof or linking up to a wind turbine that they put near by. We have also started quoting more and more for people to have a”green roof” put on the container which provides extra insulation and helps to blend the container in with the environment.

Alternative energy sources can be used to provide power to shipping container conversions

By using an existing surplus industrial product you are not causing any more metal to be mined or trees to be cut down. A large amount of the conversion work required to provide insulation etc can also be made using recycled materials. The versatility of the shipping container means that it is suitable for many different purposes and best of all, not only does it save you money it is easy and economic in all senses to get onto site and construction times are often up to 2/3rds less.

Shipping Container Conversions are thereforean eco-friendly and economic solution.

via Container Blog | CS Shipping Containers.

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Tempohousing from Amsterdam

modular design. Same company as container city. Would be interesting to get their thoughts on one vs other

The housing system of Tempohousing is based on the principle that the units are similar to shipping containers, so the transport options are universal. Universal means: they could be produced anywhere and they can be re-used or re-sold to any other place in the world. The container sizes are defined in ISO standard: 8 ft (2,4 m) wide, 40 ft long (12 m) and 8’6” high (2,6 m). There are a few variations in size: higher units: 9’6” (“high cube”) and longer units 45 ft (13,5m) and for some – not European – markets 53 ft (16 m).

The designs of Tempohousing are all based on 8 or 16 ft wide (2,4 or 4,8 m) and 40 or 45 ft (12 or 13,5) long. These are the most efficient designs. For some customers we have developed designs with 3 or 4 units side by side, but this is an exception. The beauty of the Tempohousing system is its simplicity. Of course we can cut up the steel shells and build the castle of your dreams but we prefer to stick to the standard models.

Just the supply of prefabricated modular homes in your nearest port does not constitute a complete building that can be occupied by its users. The following activities are for example necessary on the future construction site to complete a housing project: architectural drawings and detailing, consultants to verify the local building code, building permits, connections to the local sewage and potable water and power and telephone systems, a foundation, a roof including rainwater provisions, staircases and sometimes elevators, walkways and balconies if included in the design, stacking the units with cranes, connecting all services between the units (vertical) and last but not least some landscaping (parking, access, lights, mailboxes, door access system, routing system, green areas). We will be happy to assist in all these activities. Outside the Netherlands, we team up with partners with a local presence to implement all the activities above. See building a modular project and modular designs for more examples.

nice views of Dominical

finally - a circle one

office park

Keetwonen: student housing in Amsterdam

Keetwonen: student housing in Amsterdam.

1050 x 40ft containers = 320,000 sq ft

Keetwonen is the name of the biggest container city in the world (we know of no other village of shipping containers of this size: do you?). Living in a converted shipping container was a new concept in the Netherlands when launched by Tempohousing, but the city of Amsterdam took the courageous step to contract Tempohousing to go and realize it. It turned out to be a big success among students in Amsterdam and it is now the second most popular student dormitory offered by the student housing corporation “De Key” ( in Amsterdam (and they have many). The initial fears of some people that the container homeswould be too small, too noisy, too cold or too hot, all turned out to be unfounded: : they turned out to be spacious, quiet and well insulated and certainly offer value for money, compared to other student homes in the city.

They also come complete with amenities often missing in other student dormitories: your own bathroom and kitchen, balcony, separate sleeping and study room, large windows that provide daylight and a view and even an automatic ventilation system with variable speeds. The heating is from a central natural gas boiler system. The hot water is supplied by one 50 liter tank per home and a high speed internet connection is included, as well as a central audio phone system for visitors at the main door downstairs. The whole project was designed with an eye on how students like to live: a place for yourself, not having to share the shower and the toilet with strangers, but at the housing container Bachelorprefab housing unit professor interiorprefab housing unit professor interiorprefab housing unit professor interiorsame time lotprefab housing unit professor interiorprofessortypess of possibilities to participate in the social life of the dormitory, including the many parties that come with being a student. The blocks have a closed off internal area for safe bicycle parking.

student housing Keetwonen the project was initially meant to only stay on this site for 5 years (and to be relocated after that – container homes are ideal for that, you move and you take your house with you!), it is expected that the relocation will be postponed until 2016. The project started at the end of 2005 (first 60 homes commissioned) and was completed mid 2006student housing Keetwonen air view5 story , balconies