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Mobile Architecture: Puma City, Boston

PSFK visited the innovative Puma City mobile multi-function space at Boston’s Fan Pier this past Monday. We first wrote about Puma City in...

Dan Gould
Dan Gould on April 29, 2009.

PSFK visited the innovative Puma City mobile multi-function space at Boston’s Fan Pier this past Monday. We first wrote about Puma City in December, and the winner of the 2009 Travel + Leisure Design Award for Best Retail space lived up to our expectations. To recap – Puma City is a three level indoor-outdoor structure, constructed out of 24 steel shipping containers. Designed by architectural group LOT-EK, the building acts as a store, lounge and mobile home base at different ports around the world for the Puma Volvo Ocean Race sailing team. The structure is designed to be easily taken apart, shipped and reassembled anywhere in the world.

For being such a functional piece of mobile architecture, Puma City did not feel overly industrial. The layering and spacing of the shipping containers created breezy open areas, and allowed in ample light. (It would make an excellent beach house.) The clever design, and overall sense of space showed off the practical potential of shipping container structures. Puma City will be open till May 16th., and you can follow the incredible exploits of Puma’s crew, and their boat, the il monstro (which heads back out to sea soon) at Ripe TV.

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