Container Towers of Deep Dives And High Flies

A Polish design studio MOKO Architects an extreme sports venue that will be built on two abandoned concrete silos and a series of shipping containers. A 25 meter twin tower in 12 km from Warsaw’s nucleus will be built during 2015.

Diving and Indoor Skydiving Centre by Moko Architects

One the 25 meter towers will be completely filled with water. On the top people can dress their scuba wear and dive into the depths. In the bottom there is a cave that takes to the other tower. The rest of the other tower will be built for exercising skydiving.

Diving and Indoor Skydiving Centre by Moko Architects

Shipping containers will be used to build additional facilities to support the visiting extreme sportsmen. The containers will be turned into offices, kitchens, hostels, changing rooms, reading rooms, exhibition centers and cafeterias.

Diving and Indoor Skydiving Centre by Moko Architects

This a great example on how environmental conditions can be enhanced by putting used material into reuse. It also shows how already existing structures, in this case silos and shipping containers, can have new applications that many people have never thought before.

Diving and Indoor Skydiving Centre by Moko Architects

A same kind of sports venue could also be built by replacing the silos with oil tanks making the diving section wider. We sell high-quality oil tanks and shipping containers in Shanghai Metal Corporation. You can see details in our webpages. For any inquiries and questions, please use this form. Check also our social media platforms for future updates.


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Afghanistan’s Future Is Built on Skateboards and Containers

As we’ve already covered in our blogs, shipping containers can be used to build high-end homes, hotels, villas, restaurants you name it. Due to their low prices, shipping containers are especially good for low income areas. They have even built a shipping container skate park in Afganistan.

The mega shipping container skate park will be built by an international NGO Skateistan that uses skateboarding as a tool for youth outreach in both Afghanistan and Cambodia. The most recent skate park in Mazar-e-Sharif is an educational safe have for children.The 6000 square meter educational and sport complex was built out of repurposed shipping containers and other locally sourced materials to host 1,000 local children on a weekly basis.

Afghanistan’s skate park is not actually one of its kind in developing container-based education in developing countries. For example Apple‘s rival the Korean electronics chaebol Samsung has also used shipping containers to build  schools in South Africa. In Indonesia they have even build shipping container libraries.


It is yet unfold whether the skate park grows the future’s Tony Hawks or even enhances Afganistan’s economy but for the well-being and sophistication of local children the shipping container skate park is in a big role.

Some of our students on Go Skateboarding Day

Shipping containers are a superior tool for businesses to actualize their corporate social responsibility programs as well as to spread culture and a high level of sophistication to developing countries. In general, we do not have many tools for helping the ones in need but shipping containers are a practical solution.

40% of Afghanistan's skateboarders are female. 100% of those are tough as nails.

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Pictures and original articles: Inhabitat, Skateistan

Places to Fall High and Stay Alive

“Most important thing in life is learning how to fall.”
Jeannette Walls, Half Broke Horses

The concepts of falling from high places and staying alive together form a fascinating combination. Danger and the sensation of flying cause adrenaline spikes that  are unimaginable and can be described by only those who have the experience. Here are some stories and places where to get that experience.

The biggest jump of history was done by Felix Baumgartner who jumped from a balloon 128,000 above ground. The highest ever free fall took him 10 minutes to descend. and only the last few thousand  feet were negotiated by parachute. Baumgartner also became the first skydiver to go faster than the speed of sound.

Baumgartner has also base jumped into 673-foot Mamet Cave in Croatia’s Velebit National Park. He successfully free fell and parachuted into the dark interior for a safe landing on the rugged cave floor. The jump, lasting only seconds, required perfect timing to survive. (source)

The world’s highest bungee jump can be done in China’s Macau. A jump from the 764 feet tall A.J. Hacket Tower takes you four to five seconds to land. During that time jumpers need to tolerate the speed of  124 mph. The great thing is that one can do it at night admire beautiful scenery and lights coming from the city’s casinos.

For beginners one good place for trying small-scale freefalls  could be the world’s tallest shipping container building in Zurich. The Swiss bag company Freitag has store made out of 17 shipping containers that elevate the building to 85 feet.

Shipping containers are modular and theoretically can be piled as high as possible. Piling is enabled by their strong foundations in all of the corners. Theoretically speaking there is not any limit of how tall container buildings can be. The only thing stopping seems to be the limitation related to forklifts and cranes.

Shanghai Metal Corporation offers high-quality forklifts and a large variety of shipping containers. Our containers can be used in shipping goods or in construction projects. For more information please visit our website. Please also follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.

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Read also our article about forklift racing.

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Pictures and original articles: Belle News, National Geographic, Great Minds Learn, Inhabitat, Pinterest, Leo Thomas Naegele,

The Antarctican Training Programme – Could You Make It?

If you’ve got $4,500 spare and a taste for life threatening danger, then Antarctica is for you. 

The coldest station is Halley with a winter temperature of around −50°C and a summer temperature of −10°C. The freezer in your kitchen is at about -22 degrees Celsius (-7.6 degrees Fahrenheit) despite the fact the outside temperature is more like 20 degrees Celsius (68 degrees Fahrenheit). The freezer follows a cycle where it compresses the coolant, releases the heat to the back coils and pumps the colder coolant inside the freezer. So technically, during your midnight snack you endured similar temperatures than in the south pole….sort of.


Surprisingly, at its peak Antarctican tourism saw just under 50,000 visitors per year, mostly passing cruise ships but some sleep on the ice.  So how do people prepare for the trip?

Rachel Andrews, 41, is using the cold storage vehicle to help her acclimatise to temperatures as low as -58F (-50C) in the Antarctic. The adventurer is using the back of Moby Nicks’ frozen fish van, a local company in her home town of Plymouth, to experience the sub-zero temperatures.


Some winter sportman have come up with innovative means of preparing for the race in addition to training on sand to simulate snow. The videos below from Spanish and French national television stations show athletes training in a giant industrial freezer.

Shanghai Metal manufactures the stainless steel plate for freezers as one of the leading manufacturers and suppliers of metal products.


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World’s Most Iconic Sporting Venues Utilize Aluminum to Portray Modern Feel

Sporting complexes must be able to withstand tough weather conditions, hold masses of screaming fans, and, in some cases, be built in a few years span. Aluminum is used in building such structures because its lightweight capabilities lead to greater flexibility while minimizing the expenditure on foundations. It is durable enough to withstand feet of snow falling in Baltimore, Maryland during Ravens games where the stadium packs 70,000 plus fans decked out in black and purple, as well as the beating sun’s ultraviolet rays in multiple stadiums used in the 2014 World Cup games hosted by Brazil, where fans from across the global gather to show off their patriotism.

After devastation struck in New Orleans, Louisiana, many locals were packed into the Louisiana Superdome as a “shelter of last resort” for thousands of New Orleans residents unable to evacuate in August 2005 when Hurricane Katrina devastated the city. Renovations occurred after to show the world that the city is capable of battling and overcoming any obstacle the world throws at them, on and off the field. The transformation into an ultra-modern stadium was made possible by more than 40,000 square feet of aluminum that was turned into 16,000 bronze-hued anodized aluminum panels which now give the Superdome its iconic structuring.

Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana
Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana

Many sporting stadiums have similar stories that go deeper than the material used to build them and here are a few examples.  

Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janerio, Brazil

The Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janerio, Brazil housed 199,854 fans, being the world’s largest stadium by capacity, during the 1950 FIFA World Cup in which Brazil was defeated by Uruguay 2-1. To prepare for the 2014 World Cup, more than 50 metric tons of extruded aluminum was used to refurbish and modernize the stadium. The Maracanã Stadium and Aztec Stadium in Mexico City are the only two venues ever to host two World Cup Finals.

Wembley Stadium in London, England
Wembley Stadium in London, England

The Wembley Stadium in London, England, seen today is a new structure that opened in 2007 to replace the earlier Wembley Stadium that was constructed in 1923. The previous model was sometimes referred to as “The Church of Football” or more officially known as “The Empire Stadium”, where major rugby matches are played such as the FA Cup Final and often the Champions League final, where the two best rugby teams in Europe go head-to-head. When the old stadium was renovated in 1963, an aluminum roof was added to give the structure a more modern feel.

Cleveland Browns fans in the "Dawg Pound" section
FirstEnergy Stadium Fan Section “The Dawg Pound” in Cleveland, Ohio

The FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio, is home of the Cleveland Browns. Its renounced fan section, called The Dawg Pound, is where the Browns extremely zealous fan base sits to cheer on their home team. The bleachers are made of aluminum because of its durability and strength. No matter how rowdy the fans get, the bleachers are sure to withstand the wear and tear.

Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, Mexico
Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, Mexico

The Azteca stadium is the most iconic in world football, as well as being both the fifth-largest ground in the world and the largest football pitch on Planet Football. Its dome consists of hyperbolic paraboloids of tubular aluminum covered with waterproof copper-sheathed plywood and supported by huge steel arches to endure tough weather conditions. It has been the place of some of the most memorable international matches in soccer history including the 1970 World Cup final between Brazil and Italy and the 1986 World Cup quarter-final between Argentina and England.

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By: Kristie K. // SMC Editor

Sources: The Aluminum Association and Bleacher Report