The Shipping Container Revolution

Hardy shipping containers find new life as upcycled buildings and event spaces, in Australia’s cultural capital of Melbourne.

For the kids

Launched last year by the Melbourne Zoo as a pop-up, the now-permanent Wiggles Frog Disco kids’ interactive experience features music, videos and a colorful dance floor to raise awareness of the critically endangered Southern Corroboree frog, of which only about 50 are left in the Australian wild. Side note: The zoo has also converted a separate container into a Baw Baw frog enclosure, complete with a simulated alpine environment.

For the wine lovers

Shipping containers have found their way to the wine-country lands outside of Melbourne. At Wine Down Pop Up, a new agritourism event organized by Contained, wine and nature enthusiasts are invited to vineyard grounds where they can put up for a few days in luxe yet eco-friendly, container-converted twin-sharing boutique units—with their favorite tipple in hand.

PHOTO by Contained Pop Up Hotel.

The success of this premiering season (wrapped up in July)—which has seen the containers travel to the Waratah Hills, King Valley and Mount Towrong in Victoria—has stirred interest in a follow-up season. Watch this space. IG: @containedau

For the thrill-seekers

Curious as to how sensory deprivation could simulate otherworldly experiences like free-falling? Flight, by the theatrical performance creators at Darkfield, is a traveling showcase that takes people on a journey inside a pitch-black container repurposed to resemble the inside of an aircraft. The absence of sight and unsettling binaural beats results in each visitor experiencing the 30-minute “flight” differently. Dates are to be released.

Written by

Michelle Tchea

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