A Colorful Shipping Container Workspace On A Concrete Manufacturing Site

What would the offices of a concrete manufacturer look like in today’s landscape? Well, if one prefers to stay true to the company’s spirit and be quirky at the same time, there’s a lot to learn from a very beautiful project completed by Balan and Nambisan Architects in 2019. They were approached by one of the leading manufacturers and suppliers of precast concrete slabs and pavers and asked to come up with a design for their new workspace in Bangalore, India. The design had to reflect the fact that this was a green tech company while at the same time incorporating key details relating to its area of expertise. As you can surely tell, the architects went with reclaimed shipping containers for this project.

The red container is elevated high above the ground and can be accessed via a cantilevered staircaseView in gallery
The red container is elevated high above the ground and can be accessed via a cantilevered staircase
The containers are fitted with windows and openings which give them easy access and visibility outsideView in gallery
The containers are fitted with windows and openings which give them easy access and visibility outside

A total of four shipping containers were used in this project. Their bright red, yellow and cobalt blue exterior contrast with the surrounding landscape, giving a bold look to this unique workspace and fitting quite nicely into this industrial construction site type of space. The containers are not all interlinked but rather spread throughout the site at different elevations and angles. They house workstations, a dining area, a couple of bathrooms and a few other functions including an outdoor deck. They’re organized around a courtyard with a water pond and they’re well insulated in order to remain cool during the summer. Looking at the big picture, this ended up being a perfect use of shipping containers in the context of a modern build.

The staircase is encased in a metal and glass frame with a strong modern-industrial lookView in gallery
The staircase is encased in a metal and glass frame with a strong modern-industrial look
The tops of the blue containers form a large open deck which can be used for a variety of purposesView in gallery
The tops of the blue containers form a large open deck which can be used for a variety of purposes
The use of reclaimed shipping containers reflect's the company's drive towards green practices and respect for natureView in gallery
The use of reclaimed shipping containers reflect’s the company’s drive towards green practices and respect for nature
The site also includes a large green space which contrasts with the overall aesthetic of the projectView in gallery
The site also includes a large green space which contrasts with the overall aesthetic of the project
The containers and the deck have a nice view towards the courtyardView in gallery
The containers and the deck have a nice view towards the courtyard
The staircase area is one of the least colorful sections of this entire projectView in gallery
The staircase area is one of the least colorful sections of this entire project
The containers have bright and colorful exterior with doors in contrasting nuancesView in gallery
The containers have bright and colorful exterior with doors in contrasting nuances
Despite its strong industrial look, this workspace actually feels very casual, inviting and relaxingView in gallery
Despite its strong industrial look, this workspace actually feels very casual, inviting and relaxing
The interiors of the containers are wonderful, very warm and welcoming and with a homely ambianceView in gallery
The interiors of the containers are wonderful, very warm and welcoming and with a homely ambiance
There's plenty of space inside the containers for workstations, a common dining area and a lovely reception spaceView in gallery
There’s plenty of space inside the containers for workstations, a common dining area and a lovely reception space
This is a nice spot for short breaks, private meetings and other such thingsView in gallery
This is a nice spot for short breaks, private meetings and other such things
This is how the four containers have been arranged on the site in order to get the final configurationView in gallery
This is how the four containers have been arranged on the site in order to get the final configuration