Our friends at Hands On Chengdu recently completed a repurposed shipping container project in the outskirts of Chongzhou City. The project, dubbed "Community Flowers," brought eight shipping containers to Xiezi Village in Jiguan Shan Town, and set them up to be used as multipurpose community spaces.
A shipping container is reimagined as a community library. Photo courtesy Hands On Chengdu.
Arranged in a flower-petal layout, each container is assigned a specific use: library, healthcare center, entertainment room (equipped with computers and mini movie theater) and so forth.
Shipping containers are considered stable and safe structures that have the added benefits of being pre-constructed and easy to install. Additionally, they are easily moved and rearranged so that if the community's needs change, the structure can accomodate those changes.
The project took about a year-and-a-half to plan, raise sponsorships, and implement. Volunteers will continue to visit the site to provide further training and counseling to the villagers.
Hands On Chengdu is a branch of the Shanghai-based Hands On Network. The former was formed shortly after the May 12, 2008 Sichuan earthquake.