KANSAS CITY, MO.- If you've ever taken a subway ride, you're familiar with what goes on at the underground stops. It's no different in Germanyunless you get off in the Ruhr District between Mülheim and Essen. That's where German architecture firm raumlaborberlin got creative with portable storage units.
"When we heard about the opera lodge these German architects created we were fascinatedbut at the same time not surprised. We're continuing to see new and different uses for portable storage units," said John Finnessy, CMP, Executive Director of the National Portable Storage Association (NPSA), a nonprofit membership association dedicated to the advancement of the portable storage industry. "By transforming shipping containers into an open air outdoor theater, though, these architects have taken creativity to new heights."
The Eichbaum Opera uses the architecturally modified containerized shipping as a working space for its artists. Passersby can sit and watch the performances. These sorts of projects are becoming more common as architects look for more affordable ways to construct both temporary and permanent buildings. Interested parties can learn more about the trend at the NPSA's 2010 Conference and Trade Show, which is being held in Orlando at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Hotel Nov. 7-9, which will feature world-famous architect Adam Kalkin. Kalkin is best-known for his work in container housing and will speak about portable storage architecture during one of the sessions.
"Holding an opera at a subway station is unique in itself, but the fact that they rely on portable storage containers as part of the drama is especially interesting," said Joel Rathbone, Operations Manager for the NPSA. "Architects just keep getting more creative. Adam Kalkin will shed light on why portable storage is gaining so much momentum in the architectural world at our annual conference."