The COVID-19 pandemic created an unprecedented shipping crunch with consumption off the charts. But now the industry is left with an excess of shipping containers as demand for goods falls. Container depots are filling with the empty vessels, raising questions about what to do with these giant steel boxes. Here are some creative ways shipping containers are being repurposed in this week’s Five for Friday.
The World Cup is kicking off in Qatar and they have gotten creative with venues. The 40,000 seat Stadium 974 is constructed out of 974 shipping containers. The stadium can be disassembled and moved to another World Cup location if needed. Global sporting events like the Olympic Games and World Cup have faced criticism for their massive cost, which often results in state-of-the-art facilities being abandoned. This new way of constructing a massive arena could solve that problem in the future. Shipping containers are also being used to create 30,000 rooms for fans making the journey at a price of $203 per night.
4. Border wall
At 40 feet long and weighing nearly 9,000 pounds, shipping containers could make effective barriers. Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey instructed the state to use containers to fill openings in the wall at the southern border after claiming the federal government wasn’t doing enough to stop an influx of migrants. So far, Arizona has filled four gaps in Yuma County. The federal government has told Gov. Ducey to remove the containers, but to date, he has defied that order.
3. High-priced housing
Living in shipping container homes isn’t a brand new idea and now Vincennes Village on the south side of Chicago is turning containers into luxury living. The two-story homes are completely customizable featuring terraces and 10-foot ceilings. The homes will start at $300,000 which is just under Chicago’s median selling price of $320,000, according to Realtor.com.
2. Homeless housing
The abundance of shipping containers is being used to solve another crisis in Los Angeles. The Hilda L. Solis Care First Village opened in 2021, offering 232 beds in shipping container-made units to shelter the city’s homeless population. The 60,000 square foot housing facility was constructed in five months to meet deadlines related to the CARES Act, where it procured $51 million of the $57 million needed for the project.
1. Retail space
Retail space can be costly depending on where you are trying to get started. That’s why shipping container markets have been popping up all over the world. Made of 120 repurposed containers, Toronto’s Stackt Market opened in 2019. It’s so modern, it won Fast Company’s 2021 Innovation By Design award for Retail. Las Vegas launched a similar project with the outdoor Downtown Container Park. Meanwhile, BOXPARKs can be found around England.