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Monday, December 27, 2004

Wired 12.04: START - Box Office

Wired 12.04: Box Office
This is just far too cool [SLW]

Photo by Michael Betts
Photo by Michael Betts
"It's no accident that architect Nicholas Lacey's latest London office complex looks like a Lego creation. The structure consists of 26 bright red shipping containers stacked on top of one another. Lacey bought the 40-foot-long metal crates secondhand for $1,400 each and reconditioned them in his own factory.
He hopes the recycled boxes will last as long as the century-old library next door - much longer than they did at sea, where salt-water corrosion put them at risk of leaks after just seven years. The units are prefit with plumbing and wiring, which means the finished real estate costs around $95 per square foot to build, or about half the price of a typical brick-and-mortar building in England. 'You can play endless variations of how you stack them up,' Lacey says. Next up: a timber-clad container apartment building in historic Rochester, some 30 miles away.
- Matthew Stibbe"
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