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Stacked Shipping Container Sugoroku Office Pops up in Japan

by , 04/04/12

Sugoroku Office, Daiken-Met Architects, met daiken architects, container office, shipping containers, cargotecture, mobile office

As Daiken-Met Architects told us, “In the local city, we are facing various problems such as decreasing population, increasing vacant land, on the other hand it is difficult to make a rental contract for small buildings.” Because of this, they decided to build their own office and obtained a short-term rental contract for a small parcel of land where they could set up their temporary office. As part of their lease agreement, they proposed an architectural design and agreed to remove and reconstruct it every few years.

The Sugoroku Office is built from seven stacked shipping containers on three levels with two spaces left open for balconies. A mobile steel frame serves as the foundation – it provides support for the containers while reducing the structural load placed on them. Circulation routes are installed on the outside of the containers to provide access all the way up to the 3rd floor. The frame and containers can easily be dismantled, removed and rebuilt whenever necessary. The interiors of the containers are finished with used plywood or packing bands from a construction site.

+ Daiken-Met Architects

Via Plataforma Arquitectura

Images ©Shinkenchiku-sha/Diaken-Met Architects

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  1. Kai at ShelterKraft April 13, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    I love the idea of solid portable buildings like this!

    But I find it a bit curious that they felt the need to build a structural grid to hold up and stack the containers when the containers themselves are meant to be stacked 8 to 10 high on ships. Even with seismic/wind loading and incorporating elements such as balconies, stairs and open areas, I would come up with design/engineering solutions that don’t rely on an external grid structure. This is precisely what our own portable production fabrication/office structures are about. ~ shelterkraft

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