Recycled Shipping Container Buildings Popping-Up All Over London

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TreeHugger loves shipping containers: they are economical, practical and offer endless possibilities. They seem to be popping up all over London lately. Wahaca is a Mexican restaurant housed in 8 containers.

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Designed by architecture firm Softroom, the temporary cafe has two "floors" with a kitchen and tables on the ground and first floor.

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The upper floor is cantilevered over the ground floor and has river views. With sliding glass doors, it is an airy indoor or outdoor tequila bar, depending on the season.

Each container is painted in one of four vibrant colours ranging from deep turquoise to straw yellow; reminiscent of Mexico and in contrast to the grey buildings behind.

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Nearby is this small coffee bar, made out of one container. A quick and easy solution to feeding summer crowds.

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Not quite a shipping container (what is it?), but a sweet little variation on the theme. A temporary ticket booth for an adjacent theatre.

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These container stairs have been on site since last year. Not gorgeous, but a handy, cheap and eco way of creating a new public access to a building.

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The delightful Olympic Broadcast Studios building was in the Olympic Park. Designed by Urban Space Management, the temporary tower of TV studios is formed from shipping containers and topped with a pergola roof structure.

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Affectionately called Big Blue, it is 9 stories high and made of 114 containers. There are food outlets on the ground floor and technical rooms and ten broadcasting studios over the other two floors. It took four months to prefabricate and was craned into place in 15 days. More than 90% of the building can be recycled without waste.

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