This will be a post that probably won't get very many points, or attention.
Its a post that you will have to read to fully appreciate, its an education.
Yesterday I went on an Organized Photo Walking Tour of the Strathcona area of downtown Vancouver. It was fantastic. I learned so much about my own city, so many things I didn't even have a clue about!
This photo I posted is one example of that. I've walked and driven down this road so many times, but i've never noticed this unique architecture. Mixed with old victorian historic homes, this new modern house is actually 6 shipping containers! Can you see them? Blue on the bottom, with 2 red containers on top, and there are 3 more on the side to make 6 in total.
I was shocked when we were shown this, I can't believe i didn't notice this before. In the WS will be a similar but different view showing all 6 windows.
In the WS will be another photo in the oldest part of the Vancouver, the Railroad district. On that building, the owners who revamped an old rundown factory turned it into a studio. To maintain its history they made sure to include the actual railway ties used back in the 1860's when Vancouver was created. You can see the railway ties on the ceiling and above the front door.
Another interesting note about Vancouver...
If you look down into the potholes on the streets you will see railways and or wood placed ontop of the rails from the 1860's! I never knew that....think about it, how often do you actually look INTO a pothole! The guide showed us, and wouldn't you know it, we could see both! amazing.
The guide also showed us streets that used to be the Red Light District back in the 1860's to the early 1900's, homes that were used as Brothels. Again, I drive by these homes all the time and never knew about their histories. Some of these old Brothels have been re done and look clean and new, some still remain abandoned and look very ugly, but he pointed out many of the Art Deco details of them, and the artistic ceramic tiles used in the doorways etc...elements you would otherwise totally ignore if you were not on this tour.
The guide also walked us down old Japan Town...ummm...I didn't even know we HAD and old Japan town!!!!! And yes, he pointed out buildings that were built in the 1860's which still today have the Classic Japanese Temple construction, but they're apartments or offices. It was mind blowing to see them, and I actually DID notice its Japanese style...why didn't I notice this before???????
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ikeharel (79161) 2017-03-20 10:00
I had read the whole, Craig, and must say, most interesting stuff is near home - sometimes without noticing it as we get the habit of passing there so many times...
Containers can be installed as homes, only where the weather allow, that's to say, in hot weather like we have in Israel during summers - it would not be worth living in. The idea of the photos is great, well shown. The tree-flowers blossom adding much charm.
Have a nice new week,
holmertz (59750) 2017-03-20 10:01
Maybe you are right about relatively few points for this. It's more interesting than "beautiful" in the usual TE sense. I think it's worth a smiley for the very original kind of architecture. It just makes me wonder what it's like to live in a container. How comfortable can they get, how "sound-proof"? This is more like I have sometimes heard suggested as a solution for acute lack of housing for newly arrived migrants or refugees.
Have a nice week,
Regarding my latest photo, Armenia is very unknown to most Europeans as well. It is not a big tourist destination, like neighbouring Georgia is becoming. There have been very few political reforms and it is still staying in the shadow of Russia.
Hansaphotos (8739) 2017-03-20 10:42
I guess every city have some secrets, and even Bergen have still, after all these years and with the bookshelf full of Bergen-history, hidden a few secrets for me. It`s like peeling an onion, as you start you discover more and more. The picture, together with your excellent note, is very interesting. At first glance I didn`t see the shipping containers. I really love the re-use of these steel-boxes. The tree is nicely added in the foreground and brings in an element of nature. I also like a lot when you mix this with som older arcihtecture and also new and different use of old buildings like shown in the last WS. Fine and interesting shot my friend:)
COSTANTINO (70202) 2017-03-20 14:16
Hello dear Craig and have a nice time
simple but nice architectural lines
I love photos of this kind and here I
like the tree dominating the whole place
Fis2 (107416) 2017-03-20 14:40
Curios building,interestin stairs.
Good frame and colors.
Tree add flavor to this composition.
Nicou (152026) 2017-03-20 21:29
quel vue quel édifice coupé par ce tronc d'arbre tout droit sueprbe cpatage.
Braov et amitié
papagolf21 (110342) 2017-03-21 0:38
Bonjour, cher Craéig,
Construction tournée résolument vers le modernisme. La transparence avant tout.
L'arbre en feuilles donne le ton printanier.
dkmurphys (65148) 2017-03-21 1:06
Interesting note, indeed, on a closer look, you see the metal containers. I like the modern shapes, nowadays the project of our future house is almost ready with a lot of great ideas from the latest architectural solutions.
snunney (107477) 2017-03-21 3:06
It is often the case that we pass by streets and buildings near home without even noticing them; we are just in need of someone to open our eyes. This is indeed a very interesting building and a most unusual form of structure. With some imagination on the part of officialdom, perhaps more use could be made of old shipping containers to house the homeless. Excellent realisation.
jhm (160917) 2017-03-21 5:56
I don't know why this picture not would get attention.
Every picture has his charme and his property.
Architecture is an artwork, but for the most people an obligation to build something, but this which makes the photo even nicer.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
kasianowak (10591) 2017-03-21 14:25
Brilliant TE post, not only you have learned a lot from the guided tour, you also decided to share it with others. It's amazing that we travel so far but often ignore our immediate surroundings, we know much less about our own towns and countries than we know about the wider world.
But even before I read you note, I got really excited when I saw this photo. I almost felt like exclaiming: "I've been there!". I recognised this type of architecture together with this kind of tree as downtown Vancouver. Talking about travelling far... :-)
ChrisJ (118895) 2017-03-21 15:38
Hello again Craig
From a learning about our world perspective this is great and forces us to reassess everyday scenes that we often take for granted. I still haven't visited MacArthur Chambers in my home city of Brisbane even though it was where the counter attack on the Japanese Imperial Army was planned in WW2. Shipping containers are extremely sturdy. There was a case in western Australia where the only structure left standing after a category 5 cyclone (hurricane) was, you guessed it, a shipping container. The rest of the Eco Beach resort was destroyed.
Also Cyclone Lam in the Northern Territory: http://www.ntnews.com.au/news/northern-territory/thousands-in-path-of-cyclone-lam-bunkered-down-in-various-communities-across-top-end/news-story/faffab6ecd432fc8802881ccbebdf67b
emka (107755) 2017-03-21 23:50
hi Craig, Very interesting note about the discoveries in your home town. Fot sure, there are many things I do not know about Warsaw too. Good idea to go with a guided tour and learn some history. original architecture here. How strange to build the homes out of containers. when you point it, they are well visible.
Kind regrad s Malgo
Silvio1953 (154087) 2017-03-22 7:10
Ciao Craig, lovely composition with original and fantastic architecture, wonderful colors, fine details, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
jean113 (5887) 2017-03-22 14:37
Hello Craig, your notes make very interesting reading.
Thank goodness that we have imaginative people who are able to create buildings such as this.
Good tight composition, which focuses our eyes on the architecture.
I like the tree in the fg.
worldcitizen (9452) 2017-03-24 9:38
It sounds like you had a great tour. I love finding out those kinds of hidden details and obscure facts. It's funny that you posted this photo of apartments made out of shipping containers. I recently saw a tv program about a tiny house made out of a shipping container. I wondered if it didn't get unbearably hot inside during the summer. I do appreciate the different subject, and your interesting note. :-)
pierrefonds (71691) 2017-03-25 4:48
The tree is framing well the house. The point of view is showing the details of the modern architecture of the housewhich was built using metal containers. The good luminosity is bringing out the colours. Have a nice dya.
mcmtanyel (29668) 2017-04-05 21:09
Whoever would think of building with shipping containers? I wonder how well the structure is insulated for heat. I can see Spring arrived in Vancouver earlier than here.