Recycled containers make the best building at Sochi Olympics 2014

CC BY 2.0 Bonnie Alter

The Russians have pulled off a safe and successful Olympic games at Sochi. They won the most medals in sports, but you couldn't really argue that architecture and design were their top priorities.

However one building, by Samsung, a sponsor of the Olympics did deserve a medal.

Made out of 16 recycled shipping containers, the Galaxy Studio represented the lone commitment to sustainability and recycling amongst all the pavilions.

It was made out of used containers which were found in Russia. They were refurbished extensively, no dents or rust, and painted bright primary colours.

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They were stacked up like colourful Lego blocks.

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Once inside, some of the containers were used as walls and others as information booths.

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They were even used as a stage for performances.

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The rest of the building was a basic big box warehouse, filled with long white tables with Samsung phones and tablets to play with. Sort of like a third world Apple store knock-off.

The containers travelled across 15 cities in Russia before the Games, to "collect everyone's wishes from town to town". After the Games they will be donated to an educational facility.

All of the Olympics athletes received a Samsung GALAXY Note 3 phone for their use throughout the games. Samsung created and provided a special app for the Games for use by the Olympic staff and family and another one for world wide consumers. The funny thing is that there was NO wifi in the Olympic Park. If you were on site there was no access at all to their app or anything.

Recycled containers make the best building at Sochi Olympics 2014
Architecture was not the strong point at the Sochi Olympics, but this Samsung building made of containers gets a medal.

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