London Gets World’s Tallest Building Built Using Shipping Containers

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 Valance Road 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 Freitag Store.

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 and elsewhere.

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Source Patalab
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