The Shipping Container News: Boxes Turned Into a Playground in Manchester, Popup Stores in Toronto


Images credit BDP architects

Proof that big boys can still have fun playing with boxes; BDP, the second biggest architectural firm in the UK has built a temporary installation of "music boxes" for the Manchester International Festival.

According to Designboom,

For children of all ages, the playground's peripheral boundary is formed by 78 shipping containers. randomly arranged and stacked to a maximum vertical extent of three containers, this configuration generates an ideal euphonic environment. enveloping visitors in an elliptical form, sound reflects and resonates across the space creating unique musical intersections waiting to be discovered.


Images credit Scadding Court Community Centre

In Toronto, shipping containers have been converted into the Live Local Market, against the blank wall of a community centre and across the street from a busy hospital. It has everything from jerk chicken and Korean street food to artisan cheeses from Montforte Dairy. In typical Toronto fashion, the authorities were confused. According to BlogTO,

The launch of the market did not, however, come without its challenges. "The city didn't quite know what to do with the booths," explains Monforte Dairy employee Ben Szoller. "Are we a restaurant? A marketplace? How is it coded, how do we observe public health? So the location came with a bit of problem solving, but it's been a real pleasure so far."

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