Den 16 oktober kl. 09–12

Container Houses

The Port of Gothenburg is the largest in the Nordic region. Ships arrive here from all over the world. What if you could make homes from used shipping containers?

Container housing is a concept that deals with how we can think flexibly and become even better at using and reusing products that already exist in our society, to build smarter, more economically, and in a way that is more environmentally friendly. To succeed, it requires both the knowledge and the creativity of the architect! In this architecture track, prominent architects share their knowledge and give examples of how to get a lot of architecture with limited means.

The architecture track “Container Houses” is primarily aimed at architects themselves.


Ulrike Rahe

Full Professor in Industrial Design, Chalmers University of Technology, Dept. of Architecture & Civil Engineering

In her cross-disciplinary research in the intersection between Design, Sustainability and Wellbeing, Ulrike investigates and promotes opportunities for a more likable future, focussing on users’ behaviour, needs and wishes. Beside her academic work, she has always been working as a designer and consultant for industry and the built environment, driving design-innovations that both encourage reduced consumption of resources simultaneously as the individual’s quality of life and general satisfaction to be improved. As a highly renowned designer, Ulrike has won over 50 international Design Awards shown in more than 50 international exhibitions.

Rasmus Wærn

Ph D and architect SAR, Wingårdhs Arkitektkontor

Rasmus is an internationally awarded critic and has been writing on architecture for more than thirty years. He is an expert in history of architecture in Wingårdhs's projects where the built heritage is involved and an interpreter of their architecture. He has returned to the subject of prefab ever since his contribution to the exhibition “Home Delivery. Fabricating the Modern Dwelling” at MoMA in 2008

Anita Ollár

Architect, PhD Student, Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering

Anita works within the project Circular Kitchen (CIK) and under the platform for the Centre for Housing Architecture (CBA) at Chalmers, ACE. She focuses on user behaviour patterns encircling kitchens and the historical evolvement of kitchen typologies to inform design solutions that will enable kitchen systems based on circular economy principles. Anita holds a BSc degree in Architectural Engineering and an MSc degree in Architecture with a special focus on sustainability.

Kirsten Haggart

Architect, Waugh Thistleton Architects

Kirsten trained as an architect in Aarhaus in Denmark and, after working in both Malaysia and Scandinavia, joined Waugh Thistleton Architects in 2004. Kirsten is dedicated to detail and diplomacy. Her oversight of QM processes within the practice ensures we deliver an outstanding quality of service to our clients. Kirsten has been responsible for overseeing the delivery of many high profile projects including the pioneering Murray Grove, Lewes Road and most recently the Green House, an exemplar sustainable office on a tight urban site in east London. Kirsten has also been pivitol role to Waugh Thistleton’s work with Swan Housing to develop their modular system and is currently overseeing the team delivering their first mid-rise modular CLT housing project, Watts Grove in Bow. More recently she has been collaborating with Swan Housing to develop their proprietary modular CLT system and has delivered the concept for a visionary project in Norway to create a zero carbon community of 1,600 homes and a cultural hub on Store Lungegårdsvann lake in Bergen.

Nicholas Lacey

Architect and Partner, Nicholas Lacey and Partners

After studying architecture at Cambridge, Nick Lacey founded the practice of Nicholas Lacey and Partners in 1971 after winning the ABS open architectural competition for an innovative sheltered housing project at Wallingford Castle.  Over the years, Nick Lacey has worked on many urban design projects in Great Britain and internationally, among which a project for an inhabited bridge over Bow Creek in East London for the Peabody Trust. The Peabody project led to a number of innovative schemes using shipping containers to create low cost accommodation, effectively recycling writ large. In the early 1980s Nick Lacey initiated the floating community known as Tower Bridge Moorings at Downings Roads on the tidal Thames just downstream of Tower Bridge. Extensive floating gardens, modelled loosely on the idea of a London Square turned inside out, are an essential part of the character of this unique London village, which now numbers well over 100 residents.