Touted as the world’s most famous container building, Container City II is a bright, bold vision, jutting out from the otherwise grey waters of the river Thames at Trinity Buoy Wharf.

With its uneven ziggurat shape and vivid colours, the unmistakeable structure is designed to reflect the creative nature of the artisans who occupy its 22 studios.

The Trinity Buoy Wharf project was devised as an innovative way of building affordable new workspace.

Container City is a trademarked, fully flexible modular system of using repurposed shipping containers to create stylish and high quality, yet affordable, accommodation for various uses.


This versatile modular system is recycling in practice, cutting both building costs and construction times dramatically and, with its strong yet lightweight framework, minimising the need for environmentally damaging concrete foundations.


The prototypes, “Container City 1” and “Container City 2”, were built in 2000 and 2002 at Trinity Buoy Wharf.

Since then, various local authorities, private companies, and educational and health establishments have commissioned further prefabricated projects from the Wharf’s workshops.



As the second phase of the original Container City project at Trinity Buoy Wharf, Container City II is both an extension and evolution of the first building.

Built adjacent to Container City I, with inter-connecting bridges, a new lift and full disabled access, Container City II was completed in 2002 providing a further five floors of workspace and a striking focal point to this dynamic arts quarter.