New York City and Naples-based firm Lot-ek has constructed a residential building in Johannesburg that's made from 140 recycled shipping containers, reports Adam Williams for New Atlas.

The 140 shipping containers used were selected by color and left unpainted. They were then stacked securely, modified on site, and had insulation installed to mitigate their poor thermal performance. Lot-ek also added operable windows to promote natural ventilation, while a staircase framework and elevators were added to allow easy access to each of the seven floors.

Drivelines Studios has a total floor space of 75,000 square feet . The ground floor is occupied by residential and retail space, while the six levels above are all taken up by residential units. The homes are arranged in an open plan and vary in size between 300 square feet and 600 square feet . This is split between a kitchen and dining area, living area, bedroom, and a bathroom.

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