Mark Odom Studio elevates shipping containers for entertainment complex

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Austin-based Mark Odom Studio has completed a 0.5-acre entertainment complex that uses recycled shipping containers to create multi-level spaces.

This complex, called The Pitch, consists of 23 reused containers that are used for different purposes and configurations throughout the site.

Mark Odom Studio built The Pitch with 23 shipping containers

Two different sized containers (8 x 20 feet (2.4 x 6.1 meters) and 8 x 40 feet (2.4 x 12.2 meters)) were used to accommodate the different uses of the complex. The container was supplied by Falcon Structures in China.

“We previously studied the use of containers for commercial, retail and apartment buildings, all of which were unbuilt. The Pitch is the first project of its kind in Austin and the region. I feel it, “said founder Mark Odom. Of the studio.

Pitch shipping container Austin
This complex serves Austin FC and community fans.

By stacking containers and using stanchions, MarkOdom Studio was able to create two separate floors for the site. The two layers allowed us to rotate the container around the axis to increase the surrounding shade and view.

The container is painted in bright green, the color of the Austin FC football team, and the complex is intended to serve as a place for fans to gather to eat and watch games. The complex is also adjacent to the team practice area.

Pitch shipping container Austin
The studio has built custom railings and stairs for the complex

“The pods in each building are all organized and stacked in different ways, using the same custom details, materials and colors,” says Odom. “This allows us to focus on the true shape of each container.”

According to the architect, the original location was flat and very landscaped to “near” the terrain with the container.

Pitch shipping container Austin
Trellis was included in the whole design

The original format of the container is shown in The Pitch, but the container has been modified with various features in mind.

The container on the first floor has restaurants and vendors, and the upper floors have an enclosed space that can be used for meetings, private events, offices, and viewing decks. The complex is intended to host events related to Austin FC, but the complex is also open to the community.

“Each pod is curated differently, so experiences and views encourage users to roam and explore,” the team said. Also designed by Mark Odom, the interior features black rubber floors for acoustics, naturally finished plywood walls, and painted techtam panel ceilings.

Three of the 40-foot containers were placed at both ends to act as “pathfinding nodes.”

Pitch shipping container Austin
Large awnings spread throughout the site

Further additions to the vessel were made by opening the sides and inserting glazing. Trellis, vertical tube railings, and custom stairs have been added to expand space and create a natural flow between structures.

A canopy made of ballast roof mass structure stands on an 8-inch (20 cm) steel pipe.

Pitch shipping container Austin
Insulated glass acts as a display platform for adjacent practice areas with higher levels.

“We pierced the canopy and took in sunlight through a large custom-made folded steel opening,” Odom told Dezeen.

Other recent projects using shipping containers include this portable house made in Poland and a removable stadium in Qatar.

The photo is by Casey Dan.


Project credit:

architect: Mark Odom Studio
Landscape Architect: TBG Partner
Developer: Carlin Real Estate
builder: Austin Commercial and Citadel Development Services
Producer: Makehaus Design and Fabrication Studio
MEP engineer: Bay & Associates, Inc.
Container consultant: Falcon Structures
Structural engineer: Leap structure
civil engineer: LandDev Consulting
Food service: Corner kick hospitality
general manager: Team Orbis
Branding: Lauren Dickens Studio

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