At AMA we offer a huge range of containers for use for anything from temporary and secure storage, transportation or as offices and on-site buildings. Recently, however, we’ve been looking into some of the more inventive ways that people use storage and shipping containers, one of which is as building blocks for housing and other structures.
Far from the clunky, rusting boxes that you might imagine, homes made from containers can be modern, stylish and chic, not to mention very environmentally friendly and sustainable, something that we fully applaud.
We admit, the cold, hard exterior might put some people off, and it’s hard to envisage one making a cosy family home, but just a little research revealed loads of innovative projects from around the world. People from across the globe are transforming containers into living spaces, and here are just a few of our favourite container housing projects to help inspire you.
Keetwonen – Amsterdam, the World’s largest container city
Keetwonen, although probably unfamiliar to most, is the world’s largest ‘container city’, built from over 1000 shipping containers to provide affordable student housing in Amsterdam. Overcoming fears that containers might be difficult to heat, noisy to live in and too small, students have found that the stacked blocks actually provide perfect insulation and soundproofing, whilst their close-knit structure makes for ideal student accommodation.
Each student’s room is neatly fitted within one shipping container, including a bathroom and kitchen, with heating, hot water and internet connections available in each room too. The modular nature of Keetwonen also means that at short notice blocks can be added or removed, and the whole building can be moved and reassembled at a new site if necessary.
BBC Olympic Studios – London, sustainable container TV Studio
UK-based company Container City specialise in making unique buildings out of containers and, whilst it isn’t housing, one of their most iconic creations to date was the BBC studios in the London Olympic park in 2012.
Briefed simply to create a sustainable television studio for Olympic coverage, Container City constructed a three-story building from containers, filled with offices and smaller studios, with a glass BBC studio on the roof. The studios ultimately showed that despite being made of simple materials, containers can still fulfill high-tech needs and, when decorated, can look as modern and stylish as any conventional building.
Container City 1 – London, Storage Container Homes
Container City also worked to produce their self-titled Container City 1 at Trinity Buoy Wharf in London’s Docklands. Built in 2001 and added to in 2003, this four-story office and living space was designed and built in just five months, taking an amazingly short 4 days to actually assemble on site. As with Keetwonen, above, Container City 1 is designed to be modular, meaning that it can be taken down, added to or even moved to a new location if needed, ideal for short-lease plots and areas under development.
As well as being relatively cheap and cost efficient to build, the designers estimate that the structure is at least 80% recycled materials, an incredible achievement.
Tony’s Farm – Shanghai
Our final example of exceptional building with containers comes from architect firm Playze who designed and built Tony’s Farm in Shanghai, China. As the biggest organic farm in Shanghai, Tony’s farmhouse has been designed to house offices, a VIP area and a crop-packing center, as well as leisure areas, meeting rooms and living space. Constructed from 76 reimagined shipping containers, the farm building wonderfully combines the building and its organic environment, with massive windows and doors making the building an extension of the farmland.
Featuring bridges, tunnels, courtyards and balconies, this container structure shows that you don’t need to compromise on design flair simply because you are building with recycled containers, and is a fantastic example of what can be done with reclaimed materials.
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All these buildings just go to show that building design is limited only by a designer’s imagination (and maybe budget), even when using something as unusual as a container. The internet is abuzz with ideas and examples of just what can be done with the humble container, so there is plenty out there to inspire any budding builders.
Whilst the containers that we offer might not have the architectural flair of some buildings that we’ve shown, they are extremely practical for a huge range of uses on-site. From secure storage to site offices and staff canteens, AMA can provide container hire to meet any needs that you have.
For more information on any of our container hire services, or any other products listed on our website, call us today on 0845 4759 637 or complete an online contact form.
Containers can be an essential part of your site, useful for any aspect of the job. We’ve seen in previous blogs about all the weird and wonderful applications that containers might have, but let’s get back to work for a second and consider just how important one may be for any aspect of your next task.
Whether the job is big or small, it’s a fact that everybody needs storage. From clearing out a house to storing equipment, containers from AMA can be exactly what you need. No one wants to leave expensive equipment laying on-site overnight and the cost and technicality of off-site storage can be all too prohibitive and time consuming. If you are renovating your house, you’ll also want to be sure that all of your possessions are locked away safely whilst work is underway, giving you one less thing to worry about and avoiding cutting into that already strained budget.
With that in mind, our containers offer an affordable and secure alternative, with the chance of losing any equipment greatly reduced if it is locked away behind an imposing iron door, a great deterrent for any would-be thieves.
We also provide storage containers for everything else you might need on a site, including office space, canteens, chemical storage containers and even portable toilets. For those of you who are renovating your house, we even offer containers for use as accommodation, helping you to save on costs and minimise disruption to your and your family.
Our range of container storage solutions gives you fantastic flexibility when planning for your next job, keeping your equipment safe, paperwork dry and staff well fed, you will be free to get on with the job at hand.
At AMA we even offer a bespoke container conversion service, tailoring any unit to your exact needs, making it perfect for the job every time. Not only that, but we offer you the opportunity to both buy and rent our containers, letting you keep hold of something really useful. No more making-do with other suppliers’ equipment, get something personalised and lasting from to suit your needs.
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Everything we offer at AMA Container Hire is designed to be as environmentally friendly as possible and we follow all the relevant laws and guidelines in everything we do. We offer complete solutions for all of your on-site needs, including waste management, container hire, aggregates and skip hire, all handled in most environmentally safe way possible. Because of this, you can be sure that by choosing us you are helping to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill, doing your bit for the environment and contributing to a greener future.
At AMA we cover the entire UK and offer a next day service, meaning that wherever you are, whatever your needs, we can help. Let down by another supplier? An unexpected development on-site? No problem!
With our range of container hire services added to our acclaimed customer service, there is no reason why AMA Container Hire shouldn’t be your go-to supplier for all things business. Call today on 0845 4759 637 to speak to our team and find out more about all the ways we can help.
The moment we hear or thinks about containers, we often expect it to just be nothing more than a huge box that gets loaded onto a ship and then transports its load. However, there is more to your average container than meets the eye, and it’s something that’s not gone unnoticed here at AMA Container Hire.
If you’ve not read our recent post on all the crazy things people get up to these days with shipping and storage containers, go have a look now – we’re sure you’ll be surprised and amazed at some of the artistic structures and feats of design that people have conjured on the back of a 20ft container. Whilst almost everything in that post though is a one-off affair for the sake of being a little bit different or trying something new, you might be interested to learn that storage container homes are an increasingly popular trend over in Seattle. Yes, people are actively seeking out their own, custom, modern, shipping container home, and the environment is all the better for it.
A few weeks ago we discussed some of the most inventive and innovative alternative uses for containers. Whilst the ones we here at AMA provide have an array of practical applications, from pop-up canteens to temporary offices and beyond, the way they’ve been used as houses, artistic sculptures and even a fold out coffee shop in one instance, is inarguable genius. Still though, it seems we might have missed one out, as this week we’ve learnt all about a shipping container that is now being used in the heart of London, to produce fresh, sustainable food! Baffling? Unfathomable? Allow us to explain.
Once you’ve decided that the many versatile applications of our containers offer the right solution for you and your requirements, be that simple storage container hire, or for use as a temporary office or even as an on-site canteen, you may be wondering what comes next. Of course, there are a number of things you’ll need to consider first and foremost after placing your order, and we thought we might explain them for you in this latest blog! Here is the AMA guide to preparing your site for a container, and the handful of logistical aspects you’ll need to take into account!
There are an endless number of uses for storage containers. Essentially, the possibilities are limitless; th space is yours to do with what you will! Of course, you might not have considered some of the more outlandish ideas however one quick search of the internet, and you’ll find a whole heap of inventive and interesting alternative applications of our faithful old storage container. We’ve gathered a few below for you to be shocked and amazed at, and remember, as well as these rather imaginative creations, they can be used for offices, cafeterias and of course, storage!
It’s one of the most popular questions we get here at AMA and whilst we gladly reply to all those that flood our inbox looking for help and advice, we thought we might update the site today to try and speed things up for you, answering all your queries regarding planning permission on this very page! Containers have a huge array of applications, they’re one of the most versatile solutions when you need some temporary space, no matter what you intend to use that space for, and as such, they often end up being positioned, temporarily or otherwise, in many various, strange and wonderful places. This, of course, leaves the subject of planning permission open to some argument.
Yes whether we’re delivering you the best containers for any number of their potential applications, whether we’re supplying your event or site with functional and practical portable toilets or whether we’re bringing skip hire, aggregate and waste services to all the towns and cities of the UK, there’s one thing that remains constant here at AMA, and that’s our dedication to eco-friendly solutions! Yes whilst our skip hire service has recycle rates of over 80%, we make sure that whatever we’re doing for you, we’re shrinking that carbon footprint and making the world a greener place to the best of our ability!
Containers can be used for all sorts. If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know all about the many different applications of a sizeable container ; from a portable, on-site office, to a safe overnight storage solution for construction equipment, to a dual carriageway pop-up canteen – they’re only as limited as your requirements. Of course, they can also be used simply for personal storage, meaning you have somewhere safe and secure to keep your belongings whilst you renovate, move, or if you simply need to keep a few items remotely. It’s undoubtedly one of the most popular uses for a container and as such, we thought we’d lend our handy advice! Here’s how to pack a container for personal storage!