Archive for January, 2013
Shipping containers are kind of miraculous things,when you stop to think about it
But shipping containers aren’t just about storing things as they move from Point A to Point B. They’re also increasingly being used to create standing structures. Case in point: Clothing company Aether’s new storefront in San Francisco’s trendy Hayes Valley neighborhood.
The building, which houses the Los Angeles-based retailer’s first stand-alone location, was conceived by Paris-based designer Thierry Gaugain and constructed out of three 8″ x 9.6″ x 40″ shipping containers piled one on top of one another.
The three-story concept store also contains a custom glass encased cantilevered lounge, reclaimed oak ﬂoors and a conveyor system that lets employees on the third floor interact with customers on the first.
The project is the most eye-catching development at Proxy SF, a temporary two-block project that fills a stretch of previously vacant lots. Other businesses that have sprouted nearby include popular caffeine injection site Ritual Coffee Roasters and German restaurant Suppenkuche’s attendant Biergarten.
Converting shipping containers into permanent and semi-permanent structures has become a common practice around the world, as it’s often more expensive to ship the boxes back to their country of origin than to simply buy new ones. The resulting surplus of containers create a relatively cheap (and pretty darn cool-looking) alternative to traditional building techniques.
However, the practice isn’t entirely free from controversy. ArchDaily reports:
Shipping container architecture gets a lot of encouraging coverage in the design world as a trendy green alternative to traditional building materials, and seems like a smart choice for people looking for eco-consciousness. However, there are a lot of downsides to building with cargo containers. For instance, the coatings used to make the containers durable for ocean transport also happen to contain a number of harmful chemicals, such as chromate, phosphorous, and lead-based paints. Moreover, wood floors that line the majority of shipping container buildings are infused with hazardous chemical pesticides like arsenic and chromium to keep pests away.
Courtesy of Huffington Post – by Aaron Sankin Posted: 01/24/2013 6:20 pm EST | Updated: 01/24/2013 7:41 pm EST
Full story and additional pictures at Huffington Post Here
$ 51 billion is the forecasted value of GCC commercial building construction projects due for completion in 2013
Last year saw unprecedented growth across all sectors of the GCC contract fit-out and interiors market, with the region still bucking the global trends with regard to economic recovery and growth.
This continuing growth and prosperity clearly illustrates the importance of establishing strong business foundations across the region; and what better way to do that than by exhibiting at the region’s largest and longest established contract and commercial interiors fit-out and design show … the Office Exhibition!
Qatar: regional backwater to global player
By Michael Stephens
‘Known for being unknown’; such was Qatar, the tiny Persian Gulf state that often appeared merely as an appendage to its neighbour Saudi Arabia. Members of Qatar’s ruling Al Thani family had so often deferred to Riyadh for fear of causing tension or attracting undue attention to themselves.
Quiet and inoffensive was the modus operandi of the Qataris for so long. Rich in oil and gas, they were poor in manpower and the state resources necessary to defend themselves against the region’s dominant powers.
But the Emirate has seen a remarkable transformation in recent years.
Qatar is everywhere, utilising its immense wealth to buy skyscrapers, football clubs, hotels, rare art collections, support rebellions in the Arab region, and play a central role in the diplomatic affairs of Arab politics.
Courtesy of the BBC – full story here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20890765