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    Building Lab office building Lab inc Oakland, Calif. Stephen Shoup's sleek backyard office is all about reuse. In addition to the metal shipping container that once sat at the Port of Oakland, the resourceful architect also used a discarded freezer and a door acquired from a salvage yard, and made a window from a former sliding door. The interior embraces sustainability as well; its interior walls are clad with reclaimed fir, and a rooftop solar hot-water system heats the space.

    Tim Palen Studio at Shadow Mountain Eco Tech Joshua Tree, Calif. A proponent of "green" design since the early days of the solar movement, architect Walter Scott Perry has always incorporated the idea of reusing and repurposing materials in his design philosophy. The container, Perry says, "represents a great opportunity to create sustainable, low-cost and aesthetically attractive housing that can be shipped easily and quickly anywhere in the world."

    Boy Scout cabin Gensler Architects Catalina Island, Calif. As reliable as a troop of Boy Scouts, shipping containers were the perfect building block for the eco-cabins that Gensler Architects designed for them. "What we liked about containers we kept; what we didn't like we changed," architect Richard Hammond says. Cheap, readily available and sustainable, Gensler's cabins lie lightly on the land and are a fun and comfy teaching tool for the Scouts they stylishly shelter.

    Siegal residence Office of Mobile Design Venice, Calif. It's fitting that the author of "Mobile" and "More Mobile" would embrace trailers and shipping containers in her work. Designer Jennifer Siegal, well-known for her inventive prefab and portable structures, used a crane to place a drop-frame trailer into her Venice backyard to create this beautiful addition.

    Green Roof Shelters Lisa Lee Benjamin and John Little, Urban Hedgerow A collaboration between San Francisco's Lisa Lee Benjamin and "a team of inventive, kooky Brits," Green Roof Shelters explores what creations are possible from existing resources. This prototype is one of a planned series of designed habitats made expressly for insects and birds.

    c320 studio (© Photo by Lara Swimmer) c320 studio HyBrid Architecture Aberdeen, Wash. HyBrid Architecture has a crush on the container, using it for everything from backyard studios to Cargotown, a design scheme it has proposed for Seattle's new waterfront. The c320 Studio was commissioned in 2005 by the owner of an organic farm in the Pacific Northwest. HyBrid designed this 320-square-foot retreat for the property's most scenic corner, providing a sort of escape without leaving town.

    Seatrain House (© Photo courtesy of Office of Mobile Design) Seatrain House Office of Mobile Design Los Angeles When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, right? That's what designer Jennifer Siegal did when a client asked her to build on the site of a former junkyard in downtown Los Angeles. Where most would have carted everything away, Siegal salvaged containers and other materials from the site, then integrated them seamlessly into this bold, modern home.

    Boucher Grygier Residence (© Photo courtesy of Leger Wanaselja Architecture) Boucher Grygier Residence Leger Wanaselja Architecture Berkeley, Calif. "There is so much high-quality waste in our society," says Cate Leger, principal of Leger Wanaselja Architects, a firm that has long been fascinated with reuse. "Shipping containers are an excellent example."

    The 'cargotecture' movement: 8 amazing examples Architect Paul Rudolph once called the mobile home the 20th-century brick; the shipping container may well be taking its place in the 21st. Like heavy Legos, shipping containers made of steel or aluminum can be used as an inexpensive, and stronger than average, building block. Resistant to such forces as hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes, containers are naturally suited to such humanitarian projects etc.

    As a prelude to the art fair activity in Singapore next week, Juxtapoz was invited to Singapore with Chandran Gallery for a special private showing of the works of Seattle-based Mary Iverson. With paintings that captures the mystic and power of shipping containers, Iverson's work set in the backdrop of the world's busiest port has brought out the power of the new body of work.

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