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Today’s buildings need to be innovative, using materials that are being repurposed.  It is a simple fact that there are millions of shipping containers around the world that are sitting unused and can be utilised for building…

Cargotecture is the use of shipping containers for creating fully functional buildings whether they are for a business or for a home.  There are a wide range of projects that can be built, from low cost housing to vacation homes.  The best part of these container conversions is that they are utilising containers that would otherwise not be used for much else.

The term Cargotecture was coined in 2003 and it is used to describe a building that is either partially or fully constructed using recycled ISO shipping containers.  This is a great way to utilise thousands of containers that would otherwise be sent for scrap.  These containers can be relocated, are secure and versatile and can be extremely useful in situations where buildings are needed quickly because the basic structure is already in existence.  The container can be placed in a location and then the interior can be modified, with the electrical wiring and plumbing being outfitted afterwards.

Cargotecture is also the art of taking one or more shipping containers and creating a design, complete with windows and doors cut out, that will accommodate the needs of the occupant.  Many people love the fact that building with shipping containers allows them the opportunity to enter into an expensive housing market that they would never have otherwise been able to enter.  This is an exciting opportunity to take a basic box, much like an empty canvas and develop it into something that can become a way for people to own their own home in a fraction of the time, and at a fraction of the cost.

Some local governments are unsure about how to treat these containers but one thing is for certain, these shipping container buildings have filled a certain void in parts of the world where there are limited amounts of very expensive buildings supplies, and very small lots on which to build houses.  Containers can be stacked one on top of the other and they can be configured so that small areas can be utilised to their fullest potential.

Rather than disposing of shipping containers, they are now being utilised which is a great way to reduce waste.

Cargotecture is something that is fairly new and is here to stay!

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