Solar-powered Miami office to be made of repurposed shipping containers
Photo courtesy of Inhabitat
Argentina-based Reale Arquitectos has unveiled plans for an office building made completely out of shipping containers.
Under construction in Miami, the contemporary structure is made of four repurposed containers strategically configured to give the building plenty of open spaces and ocean views, reports Inhabitat. In addition to the shipping containers, the project takes advantage of a variety of green building strategies, including solar power and a rainwater harvesting system.
Since its inception, the project focused on combining sophisticated design with sustainable systems. The use of repurposed shipping containers cuts down on building and transportation costs.
Additional sustainable features include water heating panels, garden terraces and a graywater harvesting system. The building also features interior and exterior LED lighting as well as energy-efficient appliances.
To fit into the Miami landscape, the containers were painted a stark white, which also helps with passive cooling. The strategic placement of the containers provides the interior with beautiful views of the Miami shoreline, as well as optimal natural light throughout the interior. The configuration was also pivotal in providing the building with a number of outdoor garden spaces for relaxing, working, or entertaining.
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