Type: Outdoor Location: San Juan Capistrano, CA Size: 2,300 sf Year: 2016
The Container Court at The Ecology Center is a temporary installation of shipping containers retooled to provide opportunities for expanded programming. Arranged in an L surrounding an outdoor courtyard, the containers shield the space from farm operations and equipment storage, and provide an additional outdoor gathering space.
Each container serves a specific function: an outdoor kitchen for food oriented workshops; storage; and a gallery.
In place of the former barn structure, the new outdoor space serves as a bridge connecting the existing assembly garden on the south side of the house to the learning gardens on the north. This new space allows for a more seamless flow for events, and can also be sectioned off to act as back of house space when needed.
Individually, each container functions as a single unit, a unit that can be reused at a new location in the future.