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The Box Office – 32 recycled shipping containers turned into office spaces


Designed by Distill Studio and developed by Truthbox, the Box Office is more than just a great example of shipping container architecture — it also features high-performance insulation, windows and doors and energy-efficient climate control.

The Box Office, a building of 12 offices built from 32 shipping containers in Providence, Rhode Island. The offices vary in size from 640 sq ft to 2,560 sq ft, with leases ranging from just below $12,000/year to just above $20,000/year. The leases are also set up to encourage tenants to reduce their energy use.

The design for the Box Office emerged after the economy degraded and the client realized he didn’t have the budget for the brand new, uber green office building of his dreams. He and the architects of Distill Studio went back to the drawing board to come up with a more budget-friendly design and ended up working with shipping containers.

Besides using cost-effective recycled shipping containers, energy efficiency was a high priority. This included the use of high performance, non-petroleum insulation, doors and windows to minimize heat loss in and out of the office spaces. Numerous cut windows pull daylighting into the space, and a large canopy in the center of the building protects the inner courtyard and shades the space in the summer.

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The Arctic TreeHouse Hotel in Finland


Since winter has taken it’s toll in most of the northern hemisphere, let’s take a look at a marvelous and magical place, Arctic TreeHouse Hotel that provides a unique blend of luxury comfort in the heart of Arctic nature, local Lappish traditions, and modern Scandinavian design.

In contrast to the meticulously designed accommodation and nest-like cosines, the panoramic views from the windows provide impressive spectacles of both the forest and Arctic skies. The Northern Lights and the Midnight Sun can be admired from the comfort of your own bed.

Arctic TreeHouse Hotel is located next to SantaPark, only 2 km from Santa Claus Village towards Rovaniemi City Center, Finland.

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Downtown Container Park Las Vegas


You thought you’ve seen it all in Las Vegas? Well even in here, where you find Venetian canals, medieval castles, pyramids and the New York skyline, this shopping area still gains attention.

Even if you aren’t that interested in shopping, this is one place you need to come and check out when you are in Las Vegas. For shoppers though, you can find a variety of stores to suit your needs. This outdoor shopping space is comprised of shipping containers that have been stacked atop one another. The space is super family friendly, encouraging people of all ages to visit, and kids will just love the 30-ft tree house complete with slide and the electronic interactive light chasing game. Shoppers will find unique stores here instead of the typical high-end fashion designers that you will find everywhere in Las Vegas. Check out Blumarble where they take all the glass bottles and turn them into everyday products such as lighting, jewelry and cheese trays. Art Box showcases the best of Las Vegas designers who put their products on display here for purchase. Other stores include Kappa Toys, Cala, Sassy Boutique and more. Dining options are endless here like BBQ to wine bars to tacos to candy stores. The interesting sculptures throughout the park along with live entertainment, plenty of grass seating, shops and dining makes this a great place to spend a day, and they’re all guarded by a giant praying mantis made from recycled metal. 

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Biggest shipping container restaurant in the U.S


While there are quite a few restaurants participating in the trend, Smoky Park Supper Club in Asheville, North Carolina, is currently the biggest shipping-container restaurant in the U.S. The building, which was completed in 2014, is formed from 19 containers.

Located on a former brownfield along the French Broad River, the Smoky Park Supper Club is a shining example of adaptive reuse and brownfield reclamation. The owner of the downtown Asheville restaurant 5 Walnut, bought the 1.8-acre property in 2011 and worked with a design/build team led by Clemson University Professor of Architecture Douglas Heckler to clean up the site and design the Smoky Park Supper Club. The shipping container restaurant includes a wrap-around deck and will be easily accessible on foot, bike, and boat.

The innovative restaurant features a local farm-to-table menu built around wood-fired based cooking and classic American fare that chef describes as “simple, direct, and live-fired.” The good food is only one component. With the restaurant, the river, and the beautiful environment, Smoky Park Supper Club is a total experience.