Colorful And Eye-Catching Library Built From Recycled Shipping Containers

Here is the prove that shipping containers can be used also to make all sorts of structures and even homes is not news anymore.In this article you will see a very dynamic and colorful project.This structure is a library and it was designed and built by Surabaya-based firm Dpavilion Architects.

Colorful and eye-catching design are some of the characteristics of this library. Facts are those that distinguish it from everything else in the area. It is placed in Batu and it’s been built from eight recycled shipping containers.

This is a cost-efficient strategy and also a wonderful way of reusing things.  Each container costs 820 USD. Using shipping containers to make a library was actually a very nice choice.

They have been traveling all over the world and now they hold books that let our imagination take us far away. Isn’t it amazing?

The library stands out because of the colors which are very bold. Design of this library was also meant to start the transition from the rural to the urban context and to slowly make room for progression and change,

It’s definitely an eye-catching landmark in the area and its design was also meant to start the transition from the rural to the urban context and to slowly make room for progression and change.


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The goal for this project was to create an educational facility in order to improve the quality of life for the locals. The library holds over 6,000 books. The shipping containers each have a distinct color. Each colored box has a different function. For example, the blue one holds the entertainment and popular books and the red ones are a reading terrace filled with science and technology books. The yellow container is a reading room for women and the green one is the main lobby.

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Tags: architecture, educational, library architecture, library design, modern library, rebuilt, Recycle, recycled, unusual architecture

Author: Maja Markovski

Maja Markovski

A 35-year-old female architect with a passion for innovative, sustainable design. I blend creativity and functionality to transform spaces into beautiful, practical environments.


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