A waste-reducing, mobile office design by Danish architecture firm Arcgency
Copenhagen-based Arcgency specializes in what they call Resource Conscious Architecture, meaning that their structures are designed to reduce waste and built to last. Made To Be Moved is an urban office space that is built to be deconstructed. An experiment in pre-fabricated architecture, the structure stacks recycled shipping containers to create a flexible and modular building layout.
The structure’s basic skeleton takes only two days to mount at which point it is clad in high performing insulated sandwich panels. Also serving as a vapor barrier, the panels are bolted directly on to the container frame. The windows, roofing materials and flooring are also bolted to the container, while all installations for water, electricity and heating are made visible in order to facilitate mounting and dismounting.
The containers are stacked three high with open spaces in between. The open area becomes the primary work space, while the space within the 40-foot containers can be used as meeting rooms, storage and more. Although clad on the exterior, the interior-facing walls of the containers are left in their raw state and simply painted a matte grey. The open space ceilings are made from perforated aluminum that is acoustically insulated with an acoustic absorbent.
The building is designed for the Scandinavian climate with cold winters and moderately warm summers.Window placement is varied and strategic in order to eliminate the need for air conditioning, however full height openings are included in the main work space to maximize daylight and minimize the necessity for artificial lighting. Overall, the design is extremely energy efficient and uses less than 41 kWh/m2 per year.