Louisville Magazine

JUL 2016

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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 7.16 91 DESIGN By Amy Talbott / Photos by Mickie Winters Steel Crazy New life for used shipping containers. A few years ago, the only place you really saw cargo shipping containers in Louisville was when you got stuck at those ridiculously long train crossings on Oak Street or Crittenden Drive or Frankfort Avenue. But they're having an architectural moment. Te gift shop at the Copper & Kings brandy distillery in Butchertown, which opened two years ago, was the frst visible sign of the city's love afair with shipping containers repurposed as buildings. Since then, they've popped up at the ReSurfaced outdoor event venues (which do their own kind of repurposing of vacant lots, most recently in Phoenix Hill) and in the courtyard at Royals Hot Chicken in NuLu (see next page). Plans for the Schnitzelburg Container Homes, a condo development at the corner of Ash and Shelby streets made from 40-foot containers, are currently making it through metro government's construction review process. Tere's a plan in the works for a site in the Park Hill neighborhood called Opportunity Corner that involves using containers for ofce and retail space, as well as an employment resource center. One frm, Core Design, has done or will do fabrication on all these projects. Owner Jeremy Semones, who's a self-taught welder, former construction worker and former sous chef, was surprised by the idea when he got a call from Copper & Kings. "It was a lot more than a two-container garage," he says. At that point, he'd done two garages for residential clients in Germantown and the Highlands. Semones says the concept often puzzles people. "Tey're like big Legos," he says. "It's a lot easier than people make it out to be." Tere are Lego-sized models of shipping containers on a table in his West Main Street shop. It's hard not to pick them up and start playing around with confgurations. Metal magic: repurposed COR-TEN containers at Copper & Kings in Butchertown (far left) and at the ReSurfaced "Liberty Build" on Shelby Street in Phoenix Hill.

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