Go inside the Drivelines Studios in Maboneng, Johannesburg as featured in the Upcycle documentary

As described by Producer and film maker, Thomas Piper, the Upcycle documentary, is

a long-form investigation of the provocative practice of New York based LOT-EK Studio, in the context of our hyper- productive and hyper-consumptive industrialized society. It presents a positive, engaged response to our current condition as a counterpoint to fatalist laments or idealized fantasies.

LOT-EK has been (for over 2 decades) at the forefront of creating unique architecture by upcycling industrial objects, most notably, shipping containers. As such, the film concentrates on two specific projects from the firm: The Carroll House, which is a single-family home in Brooklyn, USA and Drivelines Studios, a 105-unit housing project in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The film intelligently weaves economic, ecological and aesthetic viewpoints together with the dynamism of sparks flying and cranes spinning as decommissioned containers are transformed to realize LOT-EK’s artistic visions. You can find out more about it here.