Presented at the last Planning Board meeting as an informational item (because it wasn’t read for presenting just yet) was this super exciting project made up of, shipping containers.
Now, before you groan, the shipping container movement has received a lot of traction these days and has formed the backbone of some truly innovative projects. One really good example is PROXY in San Francisco. The corner in question is at the entrance to Park Street at the foot of the Park Street bridge and is (or was, I don’t go off island that way a lot) a used car lot or something like that. This proposal would stack shipping containers up to form neat Tetris like shapes to create an instant mixed used community.
Here’s the corner, it would go in front of that brick building at the corner of Blanding and Park:
And here are the renderings that I had to capture from the video because a powerpoint was not available:
It’s non traditional and funky and I adore it so much. It has the buy in of many of the neighbors in the surrounding area (body shop across the street, proprietor of the Little House Cafe, neighbors over at Rhythmix, etc) and ties the industrial and maritime roots of Alameda into one really special little project which would immediately bring a presence to that corner which does not currently exist.
I love that it doesn’t try to be something that it’s not. It owns the vibrant colors and is not afraid to stick out like a sore thumb, in a completely awesome way.