Perkins Eastman | Container Globe

Container Globe

Detroit, Michigan
The Container Globe reimagines William Shakespeare’s renowned Globe Theatre, first built in 1599, as a green and cost-efficient structure composed of modified cargo shipping containers, designed as the ideal venue for historically-accurate Shakespearian productions, as well as music, dance and live cultural events.

Forty-six 20-foot-long containers comprise the theater while six 40-foot-long containers make up the stage houses; scaffolding, wood flooring, greenhouse roofing panels, and a translucent industrial mesh tie it all together, while corrugated metal wall fixtures will enable superior acoustics. The finished structure will be 20,166 GSF and have a capacity of 1,200 audience members, 650 of which will be standing room in the orchestra section.

Both modular and mobile, The Container Globe features a demountable base which allows for it to become a temporary or potentially permanent installation. The first Container Globe is currently under construction and is slated to open in the Highland Park neighborhood of Detroit sometime in 2019.
New York Design Awards, Silver Winner (2017)
The American Architecture Prize, Honorable Mention: Architectural Design/Cultural Architecture (2017)
Architizer A+ Awards, Special Mention (2017)
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