Media: Zeitgeist - ContainerSpace turns 60s vision of prefabrication into an everyday London reality

Ever felt like living in a skip? Well, here's the next best thing. Visitors to the Archigram exhibition at the Design Museum may have been amused by one of the group's childlike wacky 60s notions - a city made up of random arrangements and rearrangements of prefabricated boxes. Be amused no more, because the fantasy is at last becoming reality, thanks to the success of ContainerSpace, a company set up by the award-winning architect Nicholas Lacey.

ContainerSpace makes habitable spaces out of redundant containers - those metal boxes that are piling up in the world's major ports because they're too robust to scrap. And, actually, Lacey likes them slightly damaged because he turns dents into portholes.

These units, bolted together into clusters, are becoming the coolest thing in urban design and can now be spotted at several east London locations.

Next year, you'll probably be working in one.

The concept: A cross between a caravan and a Portakabin

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Or in reality at Trinity Buoy Wharf, Tower Hamlets, etc.


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