connected shipping containers form royal wolf HQ by room 11
photo by ben hosking
all images courtesy of room 11

 

 

 

australian practice room 11 has completed the melbourne headquarters of royal wolf – a specialist in the hire, sale and modification of new and refurbished shipping containers. appropriately, the workplace is built entirely from the steel units, utilizing the fabrication and construction methods employed by the organization.

 

the scheme repurposes the enclosed volumes as a series of connected light-filled rooms interspersed with areas of plantation. offices and reception areas are articulated around a central courtyard, while the meeting room, kitchen and principal offices are linked to further external enclosures.

room 11 royal wolf melbourne headquarters designboom
the workplace is built entirely from steel units, utilizing the fabrication methods employed by royal wolf
photo by ben hosking

 

 

 

20ft and 40ft containers are positioned to create four courtyards, forming a complete rectangle. the ends of each unit are replaced with full height glazing, while ceilings are also left exposed, covered with rigid insulation and a membrane roof. two steel vessels are set vertically, placed on end to create a narrow void with a skylight naturally illuminating the building’s interior.

room 11 royal wolf melbourne headquarters designboom
two steel vessels are set vertically, standing as a beacon for the company
photo by ben hosking

room 11 royal wolf melbourne headquarters designboom
the scheme repurposes the enclosed volumes as a series of connected light-filled units
photo by ben hosking

room 11 royal wolf melbourne headquarters designboom
the 20ft and 40ft containers are positioned to create four internal courtyards
photo by ben hosking

room 11 royal wolf melbourne headquarters designboom
the design is interspersed with trees and other plantation
photo by ben hosking

room 11 royal wolf melbourne headquarters designboom
all areas of the scheme overlook areas of greenery
photo by ben hosking

room 11 royal wolf melbourne headquarters designboom
offices and reception areas are articulated around a central courtyard
photo by ben hosking

room 11 royal wolf melbourne headquarters designboom
the meeting room, kitchen and principal offices are linked to further external enclosures
photo by ben hosking

room 11 royal wolf melbourne headquarters designboom
the ends of each unit are replaced with full height glazing, while ceilings are also left exposed
photo by ben hosking

room 11 royal wolf melbourne headquarters designboom
connected workspaces are brightly and naturally lit
photo by ben hosking

room 11 royal wolf melbourne headquarters designboom
the normally enclosed units are opened up, allowing natural light to permeate the design
photos by ben hosking

 

 


timelapse movie documenting the placement of containers on-site
video courtesy of room 11