Repurposing shipping containers into homes, shops and even hotels is no longer an unusual thing, now we have projects such as the Containhotel or Wahaca. The trend has spread rapidly, so much in fact that we even came across projects that mimic the look of shipping containers without actually using this resource. One such project is the Dock 45 club in India.
The club was designed by Spacefiction studio and completed in 2017. With a total surface of 910 square meters, the club is pretty big which brings us to the reasons why the architects chose to mimic the look of containers rather than using real ones. One of the biggest problems was the size limitation imposed by the containers. Even the large ones didn’t offer the spatial flexibility that the architects desired.
Other reasons that ultimately convinced the architects to choose the faux were related to the structural instability of shipping containers and the fact that they were unavailable locally. As a result, the design strategy they chose included creating this exterior skin made of corrugated metal sheets. It covers almost the entire building, with the occasional glass wall here and there.
The exterior of the building was visually divided into geometric sections, each painted a different color. The palette chosen includes shades of green, blue, yellow and red, colors that replicate the look of real shipping containers. The architects also added fabricated container doors which were covered in graffiti to maintain this authentic look.
The interior is large and spacious and organized on two levels. One of the focal points is a 30 ft long bar that’s adjacent to the dance floor. Then there’s also a pair of staircases made of folded metal plates. They offer access to the upper floor from where the views are pretty great, being framed by the full-height glass walls.
A long wall clad with find made of waterproof fiberboard was designed to mimic the water and the waves and is one of the elements that establish a nautical theme throughout the club.