Shipping containers converted to campus

Jez Abbott
Wednesday 20 Feb 2019

A new ecological research and development facility has been made out of shipping containers.

Container Park in Turkey has been hailed as a unique project that fosters interdisciplinary cross-sectoral collaboration and is nested within a large public university campus.

By repurposing locally acquired second-hand shipping containers located 12 km away in Izmir port, the design team was able to upcycle an underused site with underused construction materials.

The architecture contributed not only to shaping spaces in a resourceful way but strategically fostering a new culture of ecological sensitivity and community-driven research.

EGE Technopark approached ATÖLYE to create a facility that would foster interdisciplinary collaboration and anchor the emerging Technopark in the heart of Izmir.

Container Park combines an ecological and future-proofed design which overall acts as a prototype of the overall R&D campus.

A hybrid gallery leverages cross-disciplinary projects, providing the residents with their needs of a multimedia space for presenting their work.

Solar orientation, wind angles, tree-shaded areas and the contours of the previous building helped craft a meaningful and financially viable volumetric arrangement and fluid user circulation.

Unlike traditional campus buildings with static entrance and exit points, Container Park is a humble centrepiece that can be experienced in a versatile manner.

Aside from material recycling and reuse, the project exhibits a full gamut of environmental strategies. The buildings take advantage of passive solar heat and natural ventilation.

Existing trees, optimally designed shading devices, solar-coated southern windows, thick insulation, efficient air conditioning, natural materials such as cork, and LED lighting systems helped limit environmental impact.

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