Container Architecture – A Dialogue with Nature

Shipping containers are superior building material that enables people to build safe, durable and environmentally friendly homes with with a relatively small capital. Thanks to strong pillars in their four corners, shipping containers can be piled into high complexes. One aspect that has not gained that much attention is that shipping containers can be easily adjusted with their natural surroundings.

Shipping container architecture tries to use containers as wisely as possible in order to minimize users’ costs also after the installation process. Usually shipping container buildings are equipped with solar panels enabling the utilization of sustainable and green energy. For instance the Coca-Cola Company has installed solar-powered kiosks to many developing countries.

Shipping Container Complex at Cove Park Scotland (6)

Shipping containers are not only modular but also adjustable. The material sets only a limited amount of limitations for designers and architects. Shipping containers can have various door solutions. Open-top containers can even be used to create swimming pools.

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Because of the simple steel structure of shipping containers, only welding is needed to modify their structure. Because shipping containers are designed to carry heavy loads only on their corner pillars, roofing needs to be done with special care. You can read some tips about roofing for container shelters here.

Shipping Container Complex at Cove Park Scotland (4)

Container houses can be built to be naturally illuminated and naturally ventilated what brings the maintenance costs down to minimum. (More details can be found through references.)They can also be implemented to be resistant of heat, just like Seville shipping container cruise terminal that does not get hot even during hot summers.

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Shipping container architecture is going mainstream as more people engage in building homes, hotels, offices, entertainment centers or even private summer residences out of shipping containers. We in Shanghai Metal Corporation offer many kinds of shipping containers for industries to use. If you are interested in buying shipping containers, please send us an inquiry and our English speaking staff will give you guidance. For technical specifications please visit our website. Please also follow us on our social media platforms.


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Tuomas P. // SMC Editor

Details about the container houses in the pictures : Home Edit, Inhabitat, Inthralld


Steel for automotive industry

Steel is a very important material in the automobile industry. On average, each car is made 65% from steel. Why? because steel is the strongest, most affordable material which is possible to engineer in different ways. Its characteristics help engineers to construct the car in a way that it meets the needs of crash safety and required performance of the vehicle.

Shanghai Metal Corporation offers own product line especially designed for the automotive.

Body and Closures Parts:

SMC offers automotive steels in a wide range of specifications and steel materials to help you make high-performance and lightweight vehicles. We deliver the optimum steels yet eco-efficiency in structural and safety performance. To meet our customers’ requirements, we place special emphasis on Class A surface finish.

Steels for Body and Closure Parts:

Cold Rolled Steel,  Hot Rolled Steel,  Galvanized Steel & Glavalume – Vehicle body panel, quarter panel and control panel.



Our metals can be used in a multitude of automotive parts, such as guide rail, fuse, wheel hub and cylinder head gasket. We ensure high standards of safety and environmental performance as always.

Steels for Components:

Aluminum Profile – Guide Rail & wheel hub
Zinc Strip – fuse
Stainless Steel Strip – cylinder head gasket

Seating and Interior

We guarantee passengers safety and comfort without compromising vehicle performance. We offer a wide range of metal products for seating and interior structural components.

Steels for Seating and Interior:

Spring Steel Strip – Belt
Zinc Strip – fuse



Powertrain system plays an important role in the whole automobile. Our fine craftsmanship helps enhanced environmental performance and reduce the total cost of ownership.

Steels for Powertrain:

Silicon Steel – Powertrain

Written by:

Jovelle W. // SMC Editor

International Trade and Marketing Specialist