How London Shipping Containers Are Fitted For Startup Work Spaces
Containerville illustrates unique example of the modern office for small businesses
The myriad of startup spaces popping up in tech hubs around the world illustrate the coming together of technology and design. From co-working spaces to stand-up desks, companies increasingly incorporate new elements into the workspace that promote creativity and productivity. The office perks of startups: unlimited food, tree house sleeping nooks and free laundry service are equal incentives for employees to have anything they could need at work.
In the trend of the modern workspace, Containerville is a startup space of upcycled shipping containers that launched in November 2014 in London. Situated along the Regents Canal and near to food stalls and shopping, the unique environment offers a home for 30 small businesses across two floors.
Each container can accommodate 7-8 desks and is equipped with high-speed internet access, a gallery kitchen, 24-hour access and showers, among other individual and shared facilities. Renting desk at Containerville works out to a price of approximately 35 euro per week, a low to moderate fee in comparison to other co-working spaces which can range anywhere from $30/day to $700/month
Estate Offices, a property management company which aims to provide good quality offices and studios to large and small businesses, held a short film competition in which one startup received a container rent free for one year. The winner ‘Music Hackspace’ plans to develop their business in the space alongside running weekly seminars, workshops and coding meet-ups.
Containerville aims to attract six-month and longer-term renters. However, Estate Office emphasizes that the offices act as a “plug and play” environment in which people can quickly and efficiently get situated and straight to work.