High-rise shipping container apartments unveiled in Johannesburg

The Mill Junction, Johannesburg (Citiq)

The Mill Junction, Johannesburg (Citiq)


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South African shipping containers have been turned into contemporary apartments in the Newtown district of Johannesburg, in a new development set to provide housing for 400 students.

Known as The Mill Junction, the project features unused grain silos stacked over 10 floors, with four additional levels added through the use of shipping containers.

The energy-efficient residence features study rooms, lounges and communal kitchens and bathrooms on every floor. Recreation spaces include a gym, table tennis facilities, snooker room and an AstroTurfed rooftop with city views.

"The 14-storey building towers over Newtown and is proof of what can be achieved through creative design and leading edge architecture," said Paul Lapham, CEO of the property's management firm Citiq. "Vacant land in city centers is hard to come by, and repurposing the silos into student accommodation not only provides convenient and well situated accommodation, but also contributes to urban regeneration and making Newtown a vibey and happening place."

Silo constructions have become something of an architectural trend over the past decade, with high-profile constructions such as Sebastián Irarrázaval's Chilean project Caterpillar House, the pop-up hotel Sleeping Around and The New Jerusalem Orphanage by 4D and A Architects hitting the headlines for their innovative use of the material.