UnBox 2017: Rethinking Containers - CONTAINER COMPETITION

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UnBox 2017: Rethinking Containers is calling for entries. Below you can find all details about this container competition:

UnBox 2017: Rethinking Containers

The UnBox 2017, shipping Container Competition, recently organised by international platform Volume Zero, looks at exploring disruptive design ideas using shipping containers that will transform the future of public spaces.


Volume Zero introduces UnBox 2017, shipping Container Competition that looks at exploring disruptive design ideas using shipping containers that will transform the future of public spaces.

The world today has become aware of the reckless utilization of natural resources and is now making conscious efforts to move towards a sustainable future. The Shipping Container is one such potential building material that boasts of good structural quality, can be recycled easily and is universally available. With over two million unused containers docked at ports around the world, the UnBox 2017 aims to explore the prospective functionality of these as efficient structural components that aid in the creation of ingenious ideas and in reimagining sustainability.

The competition intends to illustrate the inventive functionality of the material to the masses by using the containers to craft spaces in the public realm. It wants to enhance the future of public spaces with material innovation that fosters disruptive architecture and sustainability.

How can an ingenious, disruptive idea enhance our world's future and create a sustainable living for all?

The competition invites design solutions that challenge the existing use of containers in an innovative way, promoting sustainability and invention. The participants are to challenge the way the containers are used presently and create inventive solutions that are used for public utility.

Participants are invited to design a public space in an urban or rural area using 4 container units. They can use the container units from the following sizes:

• Type 1: 8’ x 10’ x 8’6”
• Type 2: 8’ x 20’ x 8’6”
• Type 3: 8’ x 40’ x 8’6”

Participants are free to select a site for their project. The designed solution should strike a dialogue with its surroundings. The containers themselves should be designed to become disruptive and the solutions crafted should be adaptable to the changing demographical dynamics of the site. The design should also respond to the site context selected. The designed space has to be sustainable in nature and should cater to the public domain.

The design model can be prototype that can be replicated at other locations.

Registration Fees are:

• Early Bird Registration: 8th October8th December, 2017
• Participants from India: INR 1,800 (per team)
• Participants from other countries: $65 (US) (per team)
• Standard Registration: 9th December 20179th January 2018
• Participants from India: INR 2,400 (per team)
• Participants from other countries: $85 (US) (per team)

Who can enter?

This competition welcomes all students, architects, designers, teachers, thinkers, innovators and everyone who believe in the idea of creating a sustainable future.


A total of $4,000 (US) will be awarded to the best three projects, along with certificates and exposure in publications. The 1st Prize winner gets 50% of the total prize fund – $2,000.

Call For Entries Info

For all further informations about the UnBox 2017: Rethinking Containers or to submit your works visit the following official website: https://competition.volzero.com/


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