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Containers are becoming the “it” thing in architecture these days, but sometimes it helps to take a step back to get a fresh perspective. Sometimes that step back actually looking in an unlikely direction – Sudan.
The Economist featured container architecture in a piece about Sudanese architecture this week. As foreign correspondents have been flocking to the country for their vote for splitting the country in two, journalists naturally needed a place to sleep. Enter storage containers. In a country that has very difficult roads, transporting building materials can be nearly impossible. But the container provides a ready-made box to modify and make your own. Perhaps instead of walking a mile in someone’s shoes, journalists just needed a couple of nights in a container hotel.
These hotels, homes, stores and other structures may not have the “industrial-chic” look of fancy architecture, but they do perform a wide variety of functions at a reasonable cost for many people. But is it comfortable? According to the author of the blog, he "spent New Year in his container and slept rather well."