James Whitaker designs funky offices out of shipping containers

London-based architect James Whitaker had proposed a low-cost workspace in 2010 for an advertising agency in the German town of Hechingen using shipping containers. However, the agency closed before the project could be realized. But, Whitaker recently created some detailed renderings to promote his studio’s move into digital imagery production. The client had originally requested a design using shipping containers to reduce its cost, which formed the basis for the architect’s suggestion to cluster the metal boxes in a radial composition. The building’s radial, crystal-like structure was inspired by crystal growths in a science laboratory and the eleventh-century castle that overlooks Hechingen. The modern building is designed to be elevated above ground on concrete pillars, with the cantilevered shipping containers bolted to the tops of the lower containers
for stability.

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