By: Amanda Medlen I have to be completely honest here…it wasn’t until just recently that I became familiar with the concept of “container” homes and buildings. Last week we had a student job shadowing with us and as we were reviewing her portfolio, one of the project’s design challenges was creating functional space through the use of shipping containers. I was interested in this and then ironically I found a few articles pop up in my newsfeeds and some of my email newsletters about this very topic. The first one I came across was an article from EcoBuilding featuring some second and/or vacation homes. Click here for a link to the article. I was impressed by the concept of using these empty shipping containers and recycling them into something completely functional and with a new life…an excellent use of resources. It wasn’t until I saw the next article that I became REALLY impressed with the potential that these containers offered. Another EcoBuilding article entitled, “Kids City: A Multi-Purpose Kindergarten Made from Shipping Containers,” blew me out of the water! In this situation it wasn’t just a simple room or two, but a major structure with stacked units. A description from the article states it like this, “Polish architect Adam Wiercinski used recycled container frames and grid organization to build ‘Kids City’, a modular kindergarten. The school functions like a small town, including elements such as a main street, alleys, and connected common spaces with scattered houses between them. Although container frames are the basic module for the ‘city’, appearance was dictated by how children typically imagine buildings–small ‘cottages’ with sloping roofs.” You have got to check out the full story here! A-Mazing!