Lighter Side: The shipping-container trend takes to the skies

Houses made out of shipping containers have become a popular way for thrifty residents to get around high home prices in many cities around the world, but designers in Mumbai have truly taken the trend to the sky.

CRG Architects proposed stacking the shipping containers to create a massive shipping-container skyscraper. The Mumbai-based firm, which has offices in China and Nigeria, said the towers could be used to replace the city’s overcrowded slums.

In Canada, though, the skyscraper could represent an affordable housing option in cities like Vancouver and Toronto, where rents easily top the $2,000-per-month mark.

"Cities are facing unprecedented demographic, environmental, economic, social and spatial challenges," said architect Carlos Gomez. "There has been a phenomenal shift towards urbanisation, with six out of every 10 people in the world expected to reside in urban areas by 2030."

The skyscraper was the runner-up in a Mumbai design competition. While the project hasn’t yet been evaluated, the firm is working with a humanitarian organization to determine how it can be used elsewhere.
Have your say: Would you buy a unit in this shipping-container skyscraper as a rental investment?

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