Architects have arranged shipping containers into all sorts of unexpected shapes, but few have gone as far as David Mach, whose design for a new shipping container building is quite literally a piece of art.
Developers of Edinburgh Park, a new multi-use office park outside of Edinburgh, Scotland, commissioned the artist to create a centerpiece for the quarter that would catch the eye of people traveling into the city. And boy did Mach deliver.
The UK-based sculptor approached his first building with an artistic eye, assembling 36 bright red shipping containers into an artfully arranged jumble (reminiscent of a wild Joshua Tree house concept from a few years ago). The building starts out simply enough with containers stacked on top of each other in a linear form. From there, things get a little weirder with rectangular volumes jutting out from the side of the building at various angles, creating the appearance of a fallen Jenga tower.
The building is still in the planning phase, but when it’s finished it will stand 50 feet high and 164 feet long, with a central exhibition gallery, a cafe, and work spaces.