A dozen shipping containers have been given a new lease on life as the Container Stack Pavilion, a colorful office and showroom in the rapidly growing Chinese town of Taiyuan in Shanxi province. Designed by Beijing-based studio People’s Architecture Office, the containers are stacked and staggered in a zigzagging formation and painted in vibrant reds and yellows for an eye-catching effect.
Set within a grassy park, the temporary Container Stack Pavilion makes up for its lack of surrounding shade with the long cantilevered overhangs of the yellow containers perpendicularly stacked atop the red containers. Interior and exterior stairs lead up large roof terraces on both levels so that visitors can enjoy elevated views of the city. The design and construction of the pavilion allows for easy disassembly and transport to another location.
The interior keeps the shipping container walls largely intact save for cutouts on the exterior that serve as windows or doors, as well as sections removed at the center of the pavilion to create an airy double-height atrium. Natural light pours into the building through the skylights and full-height windows that bookend every container. White seating and tables punctuate both floors. The pavilion also includes an indoor ball pond and outdoor sandpit.
Images via People’s Architecture Office