Container City

Container city

Johannesburg has a new rainbow-colored high-rise that’s an unlikely pastiche of architectural types. Brightly-colored shipping containers meet decrepit-looking grain silos at Mill Junction, an innovative development that realizes a 370-bed student dormitory smack dab in a city with few student housing options. Floor slabs were inserted into the silos, and windows punched into their thick concrete walls. The shipping containers were then lifted into place and welded together.

For Citiq, the property developers behind the project, Mill Junction represents the company’s commitment to exploring the potential of inner-city regeneration efforts. “What these types of projects do for us is open up the city landscape. So, we can take derelict parts of the city and do something significant with them,” says Citiq CEO Paul Lapham. The grain silos had been abandoned for an estimated 50 years and were bought at a bare minimum price, “so, the overall cost savings was probably fairly significant at 30 or 40 percent over a conventional retailed price for a project site.” He adds that by using shipping containers, the material and assembly costs were additionally lowered by at least 20%.

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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