Landscape architecture, like any field of design, is subject to constant changes and evolution. Modern trends in this industry focus on more sustainable and functional space design that combines aesthetics with practicality. One interesting direction that is gaining more and more popularity is the use of containers on playgrounds and sports facilities.
When we think about containers, we often imagine them as transportation facilities in which goods are transported around the world. However, in today's dynamic architectural environment, containers have become a real mine of ideas. By transforming these modular “blocks” into elements of recreational spaces, such as playgrounds and sports facilities, open up completely new design possibilities. This unconventional form of landscape architecture brings many benefits, both economic, functional and ecological.
Containers: practical, although not obvious solutions
Originally used to transport and store goods, containers have come a long way to become versatile landscape architecture solutions. What was once just a steel box dedicated to the transport of goods has become a fully functional building "material" that can be used to create larger or smaller objects for various purposes. The only limitation is human imagination. Designers of recreational and sports spaces also appreciate their advantages, using them on playgrounds and sports facilities. So what are the main benefits of using this type of solutions?
One of the most important advantages of containers is their extraordinary mobility. The containers are portable and easy to move from place to place, which opens up wide opportunities for designers and administrators of playgrounds and sports facilities to respond to the changing needs of the local community. Speed, ease and low assembly costs allow you to easily move objects from modular containers when necessary. Modular containers have been designed to maximize. Very specialized equipment is not required to move them from one place to another - a car with a hydraulic lift (HDS) is enough.
Flexibility and scalability
Nowadays, the only constant is change, which poses unique challenges to managers of recreational and sports facilities. Modular containers are characterized by high flexibility and scalability, which allows buildings to be easily adapted to changing needs. Their modular structure allows for seamless expansion of existing facilities - another football team needs a locker room, or maybe a new group of preschoolers will use the playground during everyday activities? No problem. Containers are a practical and optimal solution that allows you to increase the usable space at any time, regardless of whether it is a sanitary, cloakroom or DINING lesson. Importantly, the containers can be expanded not only horizontally, but also vertically, thanks to the solid structure that allows for stacking.
Modular containers are characterized by exceptional durability, which results from their original purpose, i.e. transport at sea in extreme weather conditions. They are also fireproof, which is an important safety aspect. However, one of the key advantages of modular containers is their production process. Each element is manufactured in controlled conditions of production halls, using specialized equipment and taking into account rigorous construction standards. The entire structure is created in a carefully controlled temperature, humidity and dust-free environment. Importantly, the assembly of components, such as doors and windows, also takes place in factory conditions, which guarantees better quality control. It is these factors that make modular containers durable and will certainly serve for many years.
Low purchase and maintenance costs
costs construction buildings container are much lower than any other objects with traditional construction. This is the result of both the materials used and the costs associated with the work. Modular containers are prefabricated, which means that they are entirely manufactured off-site and then delivered to the investment site as ready-made elements for assembly. As a result, the total cost of their production is lower than in the case of other types of objects.
In addition to lower construction costs, another key advantage of modular containers that deserves attention is the economics of maintenance. Utility bills in container buildings are not excessive. Additionally, containers require minimal maintenance, which makes them a cost-effective solution in the long run. Made of durable materials, they can be used for many years without generating significant renovation costs.
The use of containers on playgrounds – inspirations and tips
Designing playgrounds is a complicated branch of landscape architecture that requires taking into account not only aesthetics, but above all functionality and safety. Containers are not only a visually attractive solution, but also offer many practical benefits. Objects container can be transformed into amazing spaces for children's creative play. They can be combined, for example, with wooden platforms, ladders and slides, creating unique play objects with various themes.
An interesting example of an inspiring project could be a playground designed based on a pirate theme. Containers can be transformed into pirate ships or mysterious treasure caves, and wooden elements will add a safe character to the entire space. Other topics where container objects will be great are:
- Outer space, i.e. a playground design that includes ships and space stations. Containers can be transformed into capsules for astronauts, and ladders and slides can be a great training track.
- A dinosaur park in which containers will become caves for prehistoric creatures, and the square will also feature animal models and landscape elements from the dinosaur era, creating a fascinating space for learning and playing.
- Technology park where in containers scientific laboratories will be established or studios technical, and the local cultural center can conduct workshops for children there. Additionally, interactive exhibits and elements inspired by modern technologies can be placed on the square.
- An ecological paradise with vertical gardens placed in containers. Such a playground can promote environmental education and sustainable development.
Safety of the youngest
Designing playgrounds using containers, although full of creative potential, must be extremely carefully considered in terms of children's safety. This is always the most important aspect that cannot be neglected in any way. Playground designs must meet strict standards and industry guidelines for child safety. It is worth remembering that caring for security playgrounds do not end at the design and construction stages. Regular inspections and monitoring of the technical condition of all facilities, including containers located on the site, are necessary to ensure that the play space remains safe for children throughout its period of operation.
Containers in sports facilities – more than just locker rooms, sanitary facilities and technical facilities
Sports facilities, regardless of their type and purpose, have certain common needs. One of the key aspects is the provision of appropriate locker rooms (including sanitary facilities) and technical facilities for athletes, coaches and staff. In this context, the use of containers as integral parts of sports facilities is a functional and easy to adapt solution. Reputable container manufacturers offer ready-made facilities in various sizes with the number of toilets and shower cabins in accordance with the investor's expectations - they can easily adjust the interior layout and the size of the space intended for changing rooms or lockers for players. However, containers offer many more possibilities for use in sports facilities.
The modern world of sports places increasing emphasis on providing a unique and comfortable experience for fans, especially during international sporting events. In this context, the use of containers to create exclusive VIP zones in stadiums and sports arenas can be a modern and, importantly, mobile solution that will meet the expectations of even the most demanding customers. Thanks to the ease of transport, containers as VIP zones can be easily moved to various sports events, which allows you to adapt the arrangement of the sports facility to specific needs and circumstances. Importantly, the containers can be immediately equipped with catering facilities, which are necessary to serve guests in VIP areas.
Checkpoints and medical points
On marathon or triathlon routes, containers can be used as checkpoints, providing organizers with a place to register participants and store necessary accessories. Thanks to the possibility of any interior arrangement, they can also be used as places of medical care, mandatory during every sports event.
In large sports facilities, such as stadiums, containers can become small fitness clubs - both for the players of a given club and for the local community. The ergonomic interiors of the containers allow you to design the training space in an optimal way. In one even small one building, you can locate an exercise room, a gym, sanitary facilities i warehouse equipment.
An innovative approach
The use of containers on playgrounds and sports facilities is not only an innovative approach to the design of recreational spaces, but also a fully functional and economical solution. Containers provide flexibility, mobility and unlimited possibilities of adapting to specific needs. They offer ergonomic interiors that ensure comfort for users, whether they are children playing on the playground or professional athletes preparing for competition. Containers transform playgrounds and sports facilities into dynamic, unconventional spaces that can inspire an active lifestyle.