Architect Grimshaw to design with modular shipping containers

Brooklyn-headquartered SG Blocks, Inc., a fabricator of shipping-container-based buildings, has signed a master services agreement with Grimshaw Architects.

Under the terms of the agreement announced yesterday, SG Blocks will use Grimshaw as its premier design partner for current and future projects, and Grimshaw will incorporate SG Blocks’ container-based structures into its industrial design portfolio.

"The firm’s vision and ability to be sustainable and efficient truly resonates with us and we are thrilled to be partnering with such a pioneering disruptor of the construction space," Andrew Whalley, deputy chairman and partner at Grimshaw, said of his company’s new partner.

SG Blocks will provide Grimshaw with a systematic integration of container building technology, which the company said will give Grimshaw "accelerated time to market, a high degree of customisation and the option to add a bespoke solution for the needs of its many global industrial design projects".

Grimshaw was recently selected for a number of high-profile projects including the Masterplan revisioning of New York’s JFK Airport, the new Terminal One at Newark Liberty International Airport and major HS2 station works at London Euston and Birmingham Curzon Street stations.

Photograph: Render of a multi-storey residential block, courtesy of SG Blocks

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