people’s architecture office stacks shipping containers for cantilevered pavilion

 

 

 

in the northern chinese province of shanxi, people’s architecture office (PAO) has designed a pavilion constructed using stacked shipping containers. the architecture comprises two storeys, with six yellow units overlapping perpendicularly above of six red containers. a further roof level provides outdoor recreation space, offering elevated views across the surrounding area. in this way, the stacked and shifted shipping containers maximize rooftop views and shade public areas at ground level.

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the scheme is located in the northern chinese province of shanxi
all images courtesy of people’s architecture office

 

 

 

PAO has positioned the pavilion to extend out towards the neighboring street, showcasing its interior activities. internally, a double-height atrium forms where the two levels of containers overlap. the ends of each unit feature full height apertures with floor-to-ceiling glazing, allowing sightlines throughout the entire building. meanwhile, a 7.5 meter cantilevered box is the point of entrance to the building’s roof terrace. the pavilion has been conceived as a temporary structure that can be readily disassembled and easily moved to other locations.

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the pavilion is constructed using stacked shipping containers

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the architecture comprises two storeys and a roof terrace

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a 7.5 meter cantilevered box is the point of entrance to the building’s upper level roof

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six yellow units overlap perpendicularly on top of six red containers

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a double-height atrium forms where the two levels of containers overlap

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the ends of each unit feature full height apertures with floor-to-ceiling glazing

peoples-architecture-office-container-stack-pavilion-dongshan-shanxi-china-designboom-02
the pavilion has been conceived as a temporary structure that can be readily disassembled

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the upper level of the design

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the scheme offers elevated views across the surrounding area

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shaded areas are provided at ground level

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the structure can be relocated to other destinations

 

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project info:

 

client: eastern heights real estate co. ltd.
location: dongshan, taiyuan, shanxi, china
completed: september 2015
principals: he zhe, james shen, zang feng
project team: zhang minghui, amy song, zhang zhen
photography: people’s architecture office

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