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PREFAB FRIDAY: ‘Puma City’ Shipping Container Store

Posted By Olivia Chen On December 19, 2008 @ 5:00 am In Architecture,New York City,Sustainable Building | 9 Comments

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Refurbished shipping containers [2] aren’t just useful for clever economical housing [2] anymore. Like London subway car architecure [3] and the Greentainer Design Project [4], this design concept makes public space more flexible and eco-friendly by re-using discarded material that is easily moved. This tri-level, 11,000-square-foot Puma store, known as Puma City, is made of 24 refurbished shipping containers and is fully dis-mountable so it can be packed up and shipped anywhere. Currently traveling around the world, the store was designed by our favorite shipping container architects LOT-EK [5] and completed in September 2008.


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With a painted logo on the outside and complete renovation on the inside, the shipping containers’ past life is well-disguised. While the structure of the shipping containers is evident in the multiple frames created by the knocking down of the shipping containers’ walls, the open and well-lit environment makes the industrial aesthetic seem almost intentional. Additionally, built-in details, such as the two decks located on the upper floors and recessed lighting, gives the store a greater sense a permanence and less like a prefabricated structure that can simply be folded up and moved.

The store is actually not the first example of Puma’s efforts in mass customization in its retail stores. We covered [6] Puma’s store opening in 2006 in New York City’s Union Square. Back then, the athletic brand was able to set the entire store up in less than a week thanks to the fold-out capabilities of container architecture.

+ LOT-EK [7]
LOT-EK Video on Inhabitat > [5]

via Treehugger [8] and Jetson Green [9]

Images courtesy of Danny Bright and LOT-EK [7]


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URLs in this post:

[1] Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/12/19/prefab-friday-puma-city-container-architecture/

[2] Refurbished shipping containers: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/04/13/lot-ek-shipping-container-house/

[3] London subway car architecure: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/11/28/village-underground-subway-cars-studio-space/

[4] Greentainer Design Project: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/12/12/prefab-friday-greentainer-exposure-architects/

[5] LOT-EK: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/09/03/video-shipping-container-homes-from-lot-ek/

[6] We covered: http://www.inhabitat.com/2006/11/13/retail-prefab-pumas-store-in-a-box/

[7] + LOT-EK: http://www.lot-ek.com/

[8] via Treehugger: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/12/puma-city-containers.php

[9] Jetson Green: http://www.jetsongreen.com/2008/12/lot-ek-puma-cit.html

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