Photo by FREITAG ®.
Freitag is a Swiss company that uses recycled truck tarps to create a popular line of messenger bags; the company's brand blends a green sensibility with an ample dose of raw urban grit. True to form, then, Freitag's new flagship store in Zurich was built entirely of recycled shipping containers, stacked 26 meters (86 feet) high. Designed by Annette Spillmann and Harald Echsle in Zurich,the building is officially called the "Freitag Individual Recycled Freeway Shop," which is probably even more of a mouthful in German than it is in English. So, for convenience sake, the company just calls it the F-Shop. As Freitag explains in its press release:
The FREITAG SHOP ZURICH is completely built from rusty, recycled freight-containers. Lovingly they were gutted, reinforced, piled up and secured. Zurich’s first bonsai-skyscraper: Low enough not to violate the city’s restriction on high-rise buildings. High enough to send shivers down anyone’s spine.
No word on what they mean by "bonsai-skyscraper," but when we asked Google's online translation tool to render the expression in German, we got "Bonsaiwolkenkratzer" -- which really needs no further explanation.
It seems Freitag also maintains a Flickr account, and the company recently posted photos of the now-completed store, captured just as the first shipment of merchandise was being loaded inside.
Stock-in Flickr Photoset by FREITAG®: LINK
Construction process photos from FREITAG®:
Container tower perspectives: LINK
Stacking the containers: LINK
Freitag goes container shopping: LINK
Flickr's "Big Metal Box" group, for photos of the "modular metal boxes that have changed the way we move cargo, the way we shop, and the cities we live in:" LINK