Shipping container architecture, cargotecture, pop-up shops... It’s probably best to start with the basics...

Shipping containers represent the perfect solution for almost any building project... We’ll explain...

Containers have a structurally sound frame which even under extreme conditions, such as at sea, can be stacked several stories high... If you then consider that each container could weigh 35 tonnes when loaded and the lower supports the others when stacked... do the math if you wish, but quite simply, as a building preformed structure they are ideal.

Containers are available in 40ft (12m), and 20ft (6m) lengths, with a couple of main variations on height.

There are also various other units such as flat racks which, essentially are platforms and can be incorporated into a build as needed. Walls, ceilings, floors & doors can all be removed, and the frames joined together to form larger and dramatic open spaces...Offices, Art Galleries, Classrooms... We can even shorten the frames if needed...

We can use them vertically or diagonally to provide stairwells, lift shafts, and if you are as adventurous as the plan our designers have for our new offices, even a Fireman’s pole... 
We can cantilever them, allowing you to have your project with elements practically floating in the air... we can go further and glaze everything including the floor...

Pretty much anything is possible... we are currently finalising drawings on a Cinema, complete with bar, air conditioning 12ft by 6ft screen, entrance and separate exit for fire regulations... and you know it, here comes the punch line... it’s to go underneath a clients rear lawn...

It’s probably just an in-house joke, but when asked what we do, the standard response tends to be “Lego for Grown Ups!”

Arkitainer... Let imagination take you there.

 

Whether you call it pop-up shop, flash retailing, pop-up store, or temporary retail, they all refer to the same thing. Pop-up shops are literally popping up all over the world and shaking up traditional high street stores., but what exactly are pop-up shops?

Terminology in design, retail and the world of exhibiting, festivals and shows changes rapidly. Over a short span of time Exhibition companies became "Experiential events companies", Festival Organizers became "Interactive event managers...", not to mention my dustman becoming a "Refuse Disposal Technician", Call it what you will, The Exhibition and show world is quite simply about marketing your product effectively and creating, maintaining or developing an on target brand image...

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One term and concept which has endured despite rapid changes in both marketing and terminology is that of the “Pop Up”. Be it a Pop-Up Shop, Pop Up Venue, Pop-Up Exhibition, Pop Up Gallery and, well, there are just so many other possibilities. In fact, simply too many to list... The Idea of Pop Up marketing might be a new and novel Idea to some, but not our boys...

What a great way to enjoy your favourite food and drinks from around the world than in the very shipping containers that carried  them to you from overseas. Shipping container restaurants, cafés and bars are now popping up all around the country.

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Many people work remotely from the comfort of their own homes today, but as ever, space is at a premium. What better solution than a low cost eco-friendly office or studio right in your own backyard.

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Shipping containers are the perfect solution for an exhibition stand or display at a conference. Your exhibition stand really will bring in the crowds, banners and graphics around your container stand will make it visible from anywhere in the exhibition hall.

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Arkitainer are masters in the art of utilising shipping containers to build a stunning stage area for any kind of event or festival.

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Shipping containers make ideal solutions for eco-friendly residential accomodation.

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