tsai design studio: safmarine container sports center
tsai design studio: safmarine container sports center tsai design studio: safmarine container sports center
aug 17, 2012

tsai design studio: safmarine container sports center

‘safmarine container sports center’ by tsai design studio, piketberg, south africa all images courtesy of tsai design studio

‘safmarine container sports center’ is a recycled shipping container transformed into a communal athletic space in piketberg, 120 kilometers from cape town south africa by south african firm tsai design studio. commissioned by shipping company safmarine, this prototype has been constructed to address green principles since the freight boxes are intended for ten years of market use and are constructed to last for a total of twenty. the 12-meter long structure supports social functions including a projecting roof to shade the bleacher seating and then wraps into a vertical surface for movie screenings and advertisements. doubling as a billboard, the facade can become a source of income for the center.

mounted on steel framing, a gap between the independent canopy protects from harsh daylight and allows cross-ventilation to eliminate any heat buildup. the interior contains two changing rooms and storage for equipment. easily positioned near the field, the shelter acts as a coach’s office.


teammates may take a break on the shaded bleachers

spectators also watch the game from the shaded bleachers

bleacher seating is protected by the roof structure

entry and movie screen facade


movie screen facade





exploded axonometric

multifunctional diagram

environmental diagram

conceptual diagram

  • nice to see the issue of sun turning containers into ovens addressed – simple and should be very effective

    dbkii says:
  • the width of the ramp as well as the over hang above the main entry has been reduced.
    full height entry is reduced by quarter..
    the angular cuts on the skin that wraps around the container has been eliminated..
    extra frame work for the skin has been retained and is exposed..a result of mass production of frame work and less drawings sent to site for execution.

    poor job says:
  • @poor job

    This is just the transition from schematic design to reality, pretty sure this container is now doing something extraordinary instead of the stacks currently sitting unused at a dock in NYC

    just saying says:
  • I love everything about this design. It would be great to have one of these on my property in the high desert. The shade structure looks really practical.

    I hope the kids and community using this fully enjoy it. The movie screen was inspired design, too.

    LanceThruster says:

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