On the suburban outskirts of London, in a leafy township called Eltham, a new shipping container gallery has sprung up at the local school.


Crafted from four adjoining recycled shipping containers, SE9 Container Gallery showcases a range of rotating exhibitions, featuring art by local artists and student artwork.


The first of its kind in London, the vibrant red art space was designed to promote thought-provoking art not only to the students of St Thomas More Comprehensive School, but also to the wider community.

Converted shipping containers were chosen for the project because they are cost-effective, portable and environmentally sustainable.


The exterior surfaces of the containers were painted a rich glossy red and glass windows were fitted in the original container doors to let in natural light at the gallery entrance.


Inside the SE9 Container Gallery, the container walls are whitewashed and overhead track lighting puts the art into clear perspective.


The minimal, contemporary design of the SE9 Gallery stands in bold contrast with the historical buildings, picturesque gardens, and quaint waterways and moats that Eltham is known for.

Before the arrival of SE9 Container Gallery, Eltham’s old royal palace, with its Art Deco facades, was the architectural talk of the town.


But now, much like the art that hangs on the interior walls, this bright red building has got people thinking about sustainable new ways to build.