re-used materials

  • Cargotecture: Study Examines Shipping Container Housing Project

    Number TEN’s Victoria office is conducting a design study for a unique multi-residential housing project on Vancouver Island that would be constructed entirely out of re-purposed steel shipping containers. The study assesses the viability of modifying surplus steel containers from a large import/export business, shipping them directly from the factory to the site for final assembly.

    The design study, which aims to create more affordable rental housing options on Vancouver Island, envisions a three-storey, 35 apartment complex comprised of 35.5 sq.m. (382 sq.ft.) one-bedroom units. The project is currently awaiting a suitable site on which to construct a prototype building.

    Cargotecture

  • Number TEN Wins Conservation Award From Heritage Winnipeg

    Ayla ManningBy Ayla Manning, Marketing Content Producer

    Number TEN Architectural Group, Diamond Schmitt Architects Inc. and RRC Polytech were awarded an Institutional Conservation Award for their collaboration to sensitively rehabilitate the historic Scott Fruit Company building and maintain its character and integrity while creating dynamic spaces for RRC Polytech students at Manitou a bii Bi daziigae.

    RRC Polytech NTAG Heritage Award 2022
    Frank Koreman (Akman Construction), Maria Mendes (RRC Polytech), and Doug Hanna (Number TEN Architectural Group) at the 36th Annual Preservation Awards.

  • World Interiors Day 2022

    Ayla ManningBy Ayla Manning, Marketing Content Producer

     Wood: Pride of the Past and An Incentive for the Future

    The World Interiors Day 2022 guiding theme is “Pride of the Past and An Incentive for the Future.” What better subject than wood, an ancient material with enduring popularity, which represents hope for a better future, and provides a tangible connection to the natural world?

    Wood is beautiful and versatile in its utility and has been used as a building material for as long as humans have built. Wood is culturally significant: it is the material we turn to when we want to connect more closely to the natural world. Sometimes wood choices are symbolic; sometimes they are based on technical characteristics.

    Wood insulates and absorbs sound. It is flexible, lightweight, renewable, and beautiful. We love to see, touch, and use it. Despite the many new and innovative products and materials available to designers, wood has remained perennially popular.

    On an individual scale, each piece of wood displays its history in its grain. Environmental conditions and tree variety contribute to the unique grain of each piece. On a broad scale, the use of wood connects us to the past, either through reclaiming techniques or reclaiming materials.