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100 Shipping Containers Recycled Into Student Housing in France

January 27th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Olgga Architects in France has come up with an innovative upcycling idea – 100 shipping containers recycled into student housing in France.

Project Crou by Olgga Architects in France: shipping containers recycled into student housing

I’ve seen shipping containers used as tourist accomodations in a wakeboarding facility in the Philippines, but this upcycling proposal, dubbed project Crou by Olgga Architects in France takes the prize in innovative recycling of shipping containers.

The student complex, made of 100 shipping containers stacked in two groups and placed in a pyramid-like pattern on top of each other, is located in the city of Le Havre. Home to the second busiest port in France, it makes perfect sense for the city to reuse the hundreds of shipping containers that are retired every year by the shipping lines operating from this port.

Project Crou by Olgga Architects in France: shipping containers recycled into student housing

There’s obviously limited space inside a shipping container, but compared to many student accomodations out there, these look spacious and comfortable enough. The stairs structure looks like temporary scaffolding in some construction site, but I’m sure it’s sturdy enough for the students who will live in this complex.

Inside the recycled shipping container

Creating a student dormitory made up of these huge crates, although not new, is an excellent upcycling idea that other port cities around the world might find it worthwhile to emulate.

via: Design Boom

Tags: Recycling

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 flat share // Jan 31, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Student and young professional housing could make an inspired investment because student numbers are growing and demand for quality affordable accomodation is high.

  • 2 Manolo // Feb 11, 2010 at 12:31 am

    The second photo reminds of a scene from this sci-fiction flick. Gosh! I just can’t remember the title of that movie…

    Anyway the containers look sturdy alright, but someone with claustrophobia (like me!) would want to seek accommodation somewhere else!