Planning permission has
been granted for what will be the world’s tallest ever building to be
constructed from reclaimed shipping containers.
The planned office block at
in Whitechapel has been designed by Patalab Architects. It will be fabricated
offsite and once complete will be nine storeys (26m) high, beating the current
tallest shipping container building Zurich’s
Patalab say that while the
scheme is designed to provide affordable office space, strong design and sustainability
are key elements of the project, which will incorporate PV panels and be BREEAM
rated excellent. They comment: “Located just outside the City and away from
Silicon Roundabout, the offices benefit from being well-connected but with the
lower rents afforded by Whitechapel. Combined with the economy of
pre-fabrication, the construction cost will total around 30% less than
traditional techniques, unlocking the viability of the site and enabling young
businesses to flourish.”
While ‘boxpark’ type
buildings are becoming quite usual as a way of providing pop up retail
accommodation this is, as well as being a sizable structure, intended to be a
permanent office building. It will be interesting to see how the market takes
to it, and if it leads to more and perhaps even larger container-based
buildings in London
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