This Shipping Container City Above An Old Grain Silo Is Actually A Dorm

This Shipping Container City Above an Old Grain Silo Is Actually a Dorm

In Johannesburg, where student housing is sparse, one developer is taking extreme measures — by creating a 370-bed dormitory out of shipping containers perched atop a set of abandoned concrete grain silos.

Mill Junction will open its doors to students tomorrow, offering amenities like roof decks and free Wi-Fi. It'll also offer the chance to live inside decades-old industrial infrastructure, which is either a plus or a minus, depending on the person. It's taken less than a year to put the final pieces into place, a remarkably short amount of time to build a 15-story structure. That's thanks to the virtue of the already-built structural system provided by the concrete silos, which have sat empty for years.

This Shipping Container City Above an Old Grain Silo Is Actually a Dorm

To ready them for human habitation, the empty silos had to be retrofitted with flooring and dorm rooms — not to mention windows, which had to be cut into the thick concrete:

This Shipping Container City Above an Old Grain Silo Is Actually a Dorm

According to a local news site The Citizen, the shipping containers themselves are over 50 years old — and the structure's developer, Cintiq, had to import a special diamond-titanium blade to saw windows into the sides of each crate.

This Shipping Container City Above an Old Grain Silo Is Actually a Dorm

Using a massive crane, they were lifted into place and bolted together above the silos this summer:

This Shipping Container City Above an Old Grain Silo Is Actually a Dorm
This Shipping Container City Above an Old Grain Silo Is Actually a Dorm

Finally, they were given a fresh coat of paint, and plenty of interior finishes to make them livable. The spaces themselves are unusual — the shared dorm rooms are circular, while the communal spaces up top are low-ceilinged and thin.

This Shipping Container City Above an Old Grain Silo Is Actually a Dorm
This Shipping Container City Above an Old Grain Silo Is Actually a Dorm

According to The Citizen, they're nearly booked solid. I'd definitely live there — would you? [Designboom]

Pictures: Mill Junction on Facebook.

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