This beautiful recycled shipping container by Tsai Design Studio in South Africa was crafted for underprivileged children living just outside of Cape Town - the 2014 design capital of the world. At just 12 square meters, the colorful classroom provides learning space for 25 5-6 year olds in Grade R, and it turns into a library for the entire Vissershok primary school in the afternoons. Equipped with a stepped gathering area and a fun jungle gym, the school is also growing a vertical garden that enhances the air quality and provides shelter from prevailing southeasterly winds.
This colorful classroom in South Africa is made from a recycled shipping container
Tsai Design Studio gave the Vissershok Container Classroom an expansive roof that mitigates excess sunlight
A gap between the roof and container provides natural ventilation
Steps outside the classroom provide a rendezvous spot and acts as an informal amphitheater
Colorful cutouts provide cross ventilation so that the 5-6 year olds can learn and play in a comfortable environment
The inside looks very comfortable and doubles as a library for the entire Vissershok primary school
A vertical garden that juts off the container protects the children from prevailing southeasterly winds