This is undoubtedly the biggest shipping container housing structure yet – 63 shipping containers stacked on top of several grain silos:
There is reuse, and then there is reuse. The Mill Junction student dormitories in Johannesburg, South Africa, are taking the reclamation of shipping containers to places straight out of a science-fiction movie. The 11-story grain silos and 63 shipping containers will provide 375 students with affordable housing—something lacking in South Africa, where half of undergraduate students drop out of school, partially due to high cost of living. The massive complex defies the scale of typical shipping-container architecture. These trendy structures usually comprise fewer than 10 containers, which are then stacked and arranged in a shifted composition.
Windows are cut into the silos, and the dorms reach a total height of 15 stories. Not everybody is happy with the overall aesthetic, but the students who will live up in the containers won’t be complaining about the view.
On another note – I’m wondering how Betteridge’s law of headlines plays here – the law that states: Any headline which ends in a question mark can be answered by the word no.
Do eco journalists use questions in headlines because they hope the answer is yes?