Container City in Mexico: Grand Scale Recycling 2/19/2010 8:11:53 AM

Containers are an extremely flexible method of construction, being both modular in shape, extremely strong structurally and readily available. Container Cities offer an alternative solution to traditional space provision. They are ideal for office and workspace, live-work and key-worker housing.

inally the benefits of Container Cities can truly be seen in short and medium term land use projects. Short-life sites can have Container Cities that simply unbolt and can be relocated or stored when land is required for alternative uses. To date this alternative method of construction has successfully created youth centers, classrooms, office space, artists studios, live/work space, a nursery and retail space.

Extending from the original idea of The Container City project, located at Trinity Buoy Wharf, in the heart of London's Docklands, a group of Latin designers and builders have created this new project. As the name suggests, a small urban area built entirely from containers. We’ve seen houses and even hotels built entirely from recycled shipping containers, however, some Mexican designers have taken container recycling to a grand scale by creating a  Container City out of them. The city offers 4500 m2 of urban space about two hours from Mexico City and makes use of 50 metal containers that are recycled into hippie stores, bookstores, art galleries, bars, restaurants, bakeries, juice bars and work and living spaces. The city’s doors are open Monday to Saturday from 10am-8pm and Sundays 11am-6pm.

 located in Cholula, Puebla in Mexico. It is about 2 hours away from Mexico City, a few blocks away from the Great Pyramid of Cholula, which is the world’s largest monument, and the largest pre-Colombian pyramid (by volume).

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