The Cove Park Artist Retreat, Scotland
Artists retreats have been fairly common since the days of Lord Byron, but in our modern age we don’t require you to have title, land and gads of money to throw about in order to get a little rest and relaxation.
Most people wouldn’t consider lazing about in shipping containers to be a retreat, but that’s because most people have never been to the Cove Park Artist Retreat before either.
Latching on to the green movement that churns out shipping container home plans for the masses, Cove Park was created with three shipping containers brought in and modified in the middle of the Scottish countryside.
With the dimensions of a shipping container more than large enough to accommodate an artist, materials and comfortable living space it seemed like more than a good idea; it seemed like a perfect idea.
And in fact since the initial beginning where these container housing projects were laid out they’ve become a place for creative batteries to recharge in a comfortable and attractive environment.
Cove Park is perhaps the best representation of what you can do when you decide to follow a set of container house plans and put a recycled, eco-friendly solution into a beautiful place in nature.
These cargo containers, which haven’t really changed much in the past half century in design or specifications, have become something of a glut in many places with large ports. The containers just sit, taking up space and not doing a great deal much else as they wait for more cargo to come so they’ll have a purpose.
But what Cove Park, as well as places like Container City 1 and 2 in London have done is take these containers, refurbish them and turn them into something with a broader purpose that saves on initial starting costs, recycles and eye sore and when you get right down to it uses the trash of the shipping industry in a creative way.
Though certainly unique in design and setting, Cove Park is just a part of a much bigger movement to find acceptable uses for shipping containers.