In the Northern Chinese province of Shanxi, People’s Architecture Office (PAO) has designed a pavilion constructed using stacked shipping containers. The architecture comprises two storeys, with six yellow units overlapping perpendicularly above of six red containers. A further roof level provides outdoor recreation space, offering elevated views across the surrounding area. In this way, the stacked and shifted shipping containers maximize rooftop views and shade public areas at ground level.
PAO has positioned the pavilion to extend out towards the neighboring street, showcasing its interior activities. Internally, a double-height atrium forms where the two levels of containers overlap. The ends of each unit feature full height apertures with floor-to-ceiling glazing, allowing sightlines throughout the entire building. Meanwhile, a 7.5 meter cantilevered box is the point of entrance to the building’s roof terrace. The pavilion has been conceived as a temporary structure that can be readily disassembled and easily moved to other locations.
Principals: He Zhe, James Shen, Zang Feng
Project team: Zhang Minghui, Amy Song, Zhang Zhen
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