Project no. 119
ISO BRICK: Integrating Containers
J. O. Andersen
BEng Process and Innovation, Technical University of Denmark
It’s becoming more and more popular to use cheap shipping containers for temporary recyclable
installations around the world.
With ISO_BRIC, we wish to create value for the user who’s sharing our viewpoint, offering
them greater flexibility on their journey towards their vision; how can they construct pop-up
stores, festival-shelters, recreational facilities, solutions for the construction industry and temporary
storage the most cost-effective and useful way for their customers or themselves.
The flexibility regarding the integration of a container construction is one of the biggest challenges.
It makes it hard to operate a business in balance with the local community and that,
in turn, challenges the upcycling of these ISO-units. It almost doesn’t matter what is done to
the exterior, often the result will be unaesthetic and indecent. Another problem is the definition
of inside and outside; it’s very clearly defined in a container, and that makes it kind of a minor
ultimatum if people want to go inside or not – something that is also bad for business.
Though different ISO-containers can be joined together to maximize the indoors area, it’s an
expensive and time demanding process, which very possibility depends on the compatibility
between the size of the ISO-units involved.
SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM
The ISO_BRIC is the ultimate multi-purpose unit for module-construction with ISO-containers.
First, it’s a fixation point, with then also, depending on what you fixate to it, acts as a connection
between the container and the surroundings – a solution to the problem mentioned above,
which integrates the surrounding area into the very modular concept. Besides, the ISO_BRIC
makes it possible for the users to maximize their commercial- or storage area, which is a
cheap way to buy value for money.
Mounting an ISO_BRIC arrangement is intuitive and requires no special tools or professional
expertise and taking it down is also a simple process as there are no welds to be broken up
or other complex joints risking the recyclability of any of the components.