Container Architecture

Modular Construction Marvels


In an evolving world of hybrid forms of living and working, this book presents a collection of remarkable architectural projects consisting of shipping containers.


ISBN: 9783037682876 Category:

Sibylle Kramer


Design reduced to the absolute essential – the shipping container. Invented in the 1950s by Malcom McLean, these plain steel boxes with corrugated profiles revolutionized the worldwide trade sector. These huge receptacles for storing and transporting cargo have found their way into architecture to become an essential part of global building culture.

Ever more astonishing architectural applications and design experiments are based on these standardized, strictly geometrically conceived units. Their imaginatively designed shells are just as versatile as their use: sometimes with original, rough surfaces with traces of use that tell a story, sometimes with a curtain facade made of wood and largescale glazing, or even as a purist composition with a sophisticated light installation. In an everchanging world with its hybrid forms of living and working, this book presents a collection of remarkable container buildings.

Additional information

Weight 1002 g
Dimensions 19.8 x 29.7 cm
Publisher name Braun Publishing AG
Publication date 20 January 2024
Number of pages 256
Format Hardback
Dimensions 19.8 x 29.7 cm
Weight 1002 g


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After completing a degree in architecture in architecture Sibylle Kramer worked for gmp von Gerkan, Marg and Partners in different functions, such as Chief Representative in Beijing. In 2001 she set up her successful architecture practice in Hamburg which has received various awards and competition prizes. Kramer is also a frequent participant on selection committees for architectural competitions.