"There are more then 17 million weight containers in the whole world, the majority of which without any use". It was with this affirmation that a New York group LOT-EK presented in 2004 their proposal for a modular system of rooms denominated CHS - Container Housing System. In this system, the 12 meter container is turned not only into a modular and spacious unit as well as the base of a whole new esthetic understanding in its wider sense: shape and meaning. A new architecture.
This proposal is not brought up just because. The idea of a module, associated with the image of a container, has always been present in the developed projects of the group, which go from architecture residence to commercial going through the design, through the artistic intervention and through the education. It is them who affirm that they use as work material, objects, pre-manufactured technology and systems, they don't seek to create more but to (re)take advantage of the existent, they wish to reinvent the forms and existing configurations.
They declare, beyond everything, that they pretend to extenuate te frontiers of art, architecture, entertainment and information. Aspiring and interesting program which clearly identifies the divorce of several areas which should be close, resulting in the fragmentation which sickens the contemporary occidental culture. The proposals of LOT-EK have a great virtue of using an adequate language in the cultural context they are destined for; they make, for that matter, much sense.
The ability of visual integration and semantics of their proposals of awful and their containers, far from appearing to be boxes, blend in perfectly in the urban context. And, besides that, functional, confortable, versatile and innovative. It is not restricted architecture; it is open architecture.
CHK (Container Home Kit), 2006
Container Mall - New York, 2003
Billboard Building - New York
UNIQLO Container Stores - Nova Iorque, 2006
MDU - Mobile Dweling Unit
The visit to their site is lively recommended, as well as a thorough look at several proposals; it is possible, to also see the videos.