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Beauty of the US' biggest shipping container office building

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Published on Aug 25, 2014

In 2008, architect Joe Haskett was hired to design an office building on an abandoned lot in Providence, RI. Then the economy crashed and the owner needed something more affordable. Haskett began investigating pre-fab and modular alternatives and a year later, Box Office was born: a 12 unit office building built from 32 recycled shipping containers.

Thanks to the many planning meetings, design charettes and “pow-wows”, Box Office was built entirely code-compliant without requiring a single variance. While the building cost less than the more conventional “green” building Haskett had originally designed, it’s not as cheap as many people assume. Though thanks to good insulation,  efficient windows and doors and tight air sealing, Box Office uses just 22 KBTU/sf/year, about 25% of a typical Rhode Island commercial space.

Photo credits: Nat Rea http://www.natrea.com/, Stephanie Ewens http://www.stephanieewens.com/, Peter Gil Case

Box Office: http://www.boxoffice460.com/

Original story: http://faircompanies.com/videos/view/...

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