Modified Shipping Container with Automatic Hydraulic Door


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Area: 160 sq ft  (15 sq m)

Modified shipping container with automatic hydraulic door can be used for сafe/restaurant, exhibition container, shop or residential shipping container.

Hydraulic system for the side opening can be operated by one person with the push of a button. Roof balcony and staircase allow to use additional 160 sq ft  (15 sq m) roof area.

Stainless steel checkered floor has the features of high corrosion resistance and strength. It is hygienic and attractive for a wide range of applications.

The unit can be shipped around the globe, the items contained inside, secure and safe.

The cost of this 20 ft modified shipping container with automatic hydraulic door and stainless steel features, is $20 000.

3 Bedroom Shipping Container Home Design, Brazil


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Architect: Danilo Corbas
Area: 196 sqm
Containers: 4x40 ft HC
Location: Granja Viana, Cotia, São Paulo, Brazil
Year: 2011
Photos: Plínio Dondon

Residents, who live with comfort in the first Brazilian shipping container home, are the architect Danilo Corbas, his wife and, of course, his dogs and cats.

When visiting his in-laws, who lived on a catamaran in Salvador, the architect Danilo Corbas, founder of the Container Box, had his first insight into alternative homes, assembled with minimal spaces and not bricks and cement.

From then on came various references, such as the European experiences with containers and a conversation with the wife's father, who worked on oil rigs and often slept in such accommodation. The result: The house Danilo would do for him would be in a container, or rather four.

"I was in search of a change of lifestyle, I lived in São Paulo, in the agitation of Vila Madalena, and then I found this land in Granja Viana and only had to negotiate with my wife, who is art director and soon idea!", says the architect who chose to work with the contrast between the tranquility of the region and the industrial style of his new project - the first of its kind in Brazil.

In total, four 40-foot sea containers were used, each one being 12 m long and 2.90 m high. In total the 3 bedroom shipping container home occupies 196 m² of the 860 m² of land. There are two floors in which are distributed three bedrooms, living room, dining room with integrated kitchen, office, three bathrooms, laundry area, covered garage and balconies.

In addition to its innovative character, the project also has a sustainable appeal, since it uses obsolete containers, reusing a material that is difficult to dispose of and saving resources such as sand, brick, cement, water and iron - which consequently reduces the amount of rubble generated by work.

The container house still encourages, at least indirectly, the increase of the green area, since to plant trees around the house and to install a green roof, actions are almost necessary to ameliorate the heat conditions caused by the structure.

With this in mind, the project still takes special care with windows to ensure cross ventilation of the house and decrease the use of air conditioning.

Already when the subject is style and decoration, the 3 bedroom shipping container home asked for an industrial décor and it was not a problem.

According to Danilo, his only regret is not daring more, "today I think we could have used less coating and left more parts of the structure to show," says the architect who developed all the techniques for executing the project from scratch and today is a specialist in which has already finalized about 10 other projects of the type.





Description by the project team. 

The structure of the shipping container home consists of four 40-foot High Cube containers (12 m x 2.90 m high)

Located in a land of 860 m2, in a residential condominium in Granja Viana, in Cotia (SP), the shipping container house has 196 m2 of constructed area, distributed in two floors. There are 3 bedroom, living room, dining room and integrated gourmet kitchen, office, three bathrooms, laundry area, covered garage and balconies.

Several ecologically correct resources are foreseen in the project and should generate a significant saving of natural resources and electric energy:


  • Reuse of materials for house structure: disused maritime containers. Besides using discarded noble material, the use of container generates savings of natural resources that were not used for the structure of the house, such as sand, brick, cement, water, iron etc. This means a cleaner work, with reduction of debris and other materials.
  • Economy in the foundation and reduction in the use of materials. The light weight of the metal structure allowed the use of light foundation, small and shallow.
  • Preservation of trees on the ground and landscape design to help shade the building and minimize excessive heat.
  • Reuse of rainwater. It will be captured by the roof, stored and filtered in its own reservoir, for use in garden irrigation, external cleaning, car washing and washing machine.
  • Cross ventilation. Windows and openings will be used to avoid the use of air conditioning, one of the major consumers of electricity.
  • Green roof. Part of the cover will have vegetation to aid in the thermal insulation of the container.
  • Polyurethane sandwich panels, for better thermal performance of the house; in white color to reflect the solar rays and contribute to the temperature decrease of the local microclimate.
  • Energy efficiency: use of lighting in LEDs.
  • Avoiding waste. Metals manufactured by Roca with flow limiters and water temperature, which prevents waste by up to 50%.
  • Use of PET insulation, thermal insulation made from PET bottles, from Trisoft, which received the "Planeta Casa 2010" award in the building materials category.
  • Eco-friendly paint: water-based paint, unscented, manufactured by Sherwin-Williams, with low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds).



Lindendale Luxury Shipping Container Home, Australia


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Designer and builder: Container Build Group
Location: Lindendale, Australia
Containers: 14x20 ft
Building Time: 10 weeks
Installation Time: 5 hours


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It’s not just money that builds a great house. Sometimes, what it takes is a bit of money and a ton of creativity and innovation.

Shipping container homes have been called “living in a box.” And although they are literally metal boxes, they are far from looking and feeling like one if you are creative and innovative enough.

The latest project of CBG, The Lindendale, exemplifies such creativity and out-of-the-box thinking when it comes to shipping container home building.

The Lindendale is a luxury shipping container home that has been inspired and designed by a local client. Configured with 14 X 20 FT shipping containers, it has top end fittings and finishes to contrast the bold look of the containers.

That’s the beauty of working with shipping containers. You can group each container to create a yet bigger space; a size that will suit your needs.





Our clients for The Lindendale project were very particular with what they wanted, not just in terms of size but on how it should look like. They wanted a home that exudes an industrial look and feel. This is exactly what you will see throughout the interior of the house.

But shipping container homes are not confined to just one look. You can turn it into any style you want. You can make it look trendy, simple, luxurious, modern, sleek. There is really no limit to what you can do with customized container homes.

At CBG, we pride ourselves in pushing boundaries on what is possible with container construction.  Full-custom options and complete service from design to fabrication to installation are available for our clients.

We can assure you that we can complete and deliver your dream home according to your specifications.

The speed of completion is another aspect where container homes easily beat traditional home building. To give you an idea, the total time frame to complete this home from start to finish took less than 10 weeks.

The containers were all completed in our factory, delivered to the site and installed within five hours.


Beautiful Two Shipping Container Home in Montana


Architect Ty Kelly
Location Montana
Containers 2x40ft
Year 2013
Area 720 sqft


Wanting to disconnect from the stresses of a hyper connected life in Seattle, architect and builder Ty Kelly built a beautiful two shipping container home that allowed him to live off grid in style in Montana. The modern structure, which was sold in 2017 for $125,000, is made out of two shipping containers, renovated into a lovely 720 square foot container home built with reclaimed materials as well as some seriously cool handmade finishings done by the architect himself.

Unique modern two shipping container home has one bedroom and one bathroom, featuring clean, contemporary style with floor to ceiling glass.

Features include wood burning stove, IKEA kitchen and bathroom cabinets, hand made butcher block counters, mosaic tile walk-in shower, cedar plank siding, Corbond spray-foam insulation, electric in-wall heaters, contemporary fixtures/appliances/faucets, reclaimed wood throughout and recessed overhead lighting.





The house feels much larger than it actually is, in part because of it's open layout, as well as the all-glass wall which brings the outdoors in.  Another admiral quality is the use of reclaimed and recycled material. Not only the containers themselves, but many of the interior finishes were salvaged from other places, such as the butcher block countertops, redwood flooring and wood wall panels.



Shipping Containers in Tropical Island House in Lombok, Indonesia


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Project: Clay House, Seven Havens Residence
Architect: Budi Pradono
Location: Selong Belanak, Lombok, Indonesia
Containers: 2
Year: 2016

Shipping containers in this tropical island house in Lombok (Indonesia) appears to be slipping away from the rooftop of the residence. Clay House is built on a green hill in a beachside area Selong Belanak, in the southern West Nusa Tenggara province of an Indonesian Lombok island east of Bali.

The tropical island house is made up of two volumes set on concrete pillars to rise above surrounding tropical landscape and face towards the beautiful Indian Ocean. Seven Havens Residence is the name was given to the house by the owner.

The surroundings are currently undeveloped and architects say the shipping containers island house will be become a landmark in this place.

"In the presence of this location on the hill of course we have to be careful because this building will automatically become an icon of the surrounding environment," said the Budi Pradono architects.





Two shipping containers are placed at the highest point of the building, and are angled upward at 60 degrees to create a large space in the master bedroom. High ceiling allows a big window with glass doors that open to a wide terrace. The exterior of the tropical island house is painted white to reflect the sunlight and avoid overheating of the building constructions.

The shipping containers were sourced from a sea port of a nearby island; the containers still bear a "7h" orange logo. Building materials are cheap and local sourced. The clay for the walls was collected in the Lombok island, 20 kilometres from the building site and treated with a mixture of cement, sand, cow dung, and straw. To prevent overheating in the humid and hot climate the walls were built 30 centimetres thick.

Internal cladding was made using flattened bamboo. To make most of bamboo starch stay in the plant roots, the bamboo was harvested at night when no photosynthesis process was taking place. Bamboo then underwent a preservation process, which included submersion in a salt sea water for 60 days and after this a coating of paint. Other exposed natural materials were used throughout the tropical island house to complement the interior, like stone tiling and heavy wooden furniture.


Kaloorup Shipping Container House, Australia


The Kaloorup Shipping Container House is a project that Steve Hick is undertaking in the south west of Western Australia. Nine 40ft containers are being used for the structure. Recycling where possible using native hardwoods (Jarrah) for cladding and decking.  The cladding and darker tones are being used to help the house blend in with the surrounding bushland. Large double glazed glass panels are being used where possible to retain warmth through the cooler months and secondary colourbond roofing to act as a second skin protecting the inhabitants from unwanted heat transfer in summer. The project is the first legal container house structure in the southern capes Margaret River area and is close to completion.


20 ft Shipping Container Homes (Sacramento, CA; Las Vegas, NV; Zion, UT) by Alternative Living Spaces

20 ft shipping container home in Sacramento, CA
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Alternative Living Spaces designs and builds simple and luxury shipping container homes targeting customers who want a cozy backyard unit to use for additional rental income or people looking to use a shipping container home as a guesthouse or luxury primary residence. Container home price starts at $36,000 and includes 20 ft shipping container. Interior design can be completely customizable. Usually container units feature a kitchen, a bathroom with shower, some sort of dining and work space, and a living room that can be converted into a sleeping area.





First 20 ft shipping container house in Sacramento, CA is currently being used full-time. Deer artwork hides a wall bed (Murphy bed) that stores vertically and drops down horizontally to create a large sleeping area. Several storage and space-saving hacks (for example a pole to hang clothes under the desk) make the tiny 20 ft shipping container home seem much larger despite its 165 square feet. Wooden celining beams and 11 windows help to transform the industrial shipping container from standard metal box to cozy tiny home. Convenient doors that open 180 degrees and full-height glass bring the light and air from outdoors in. Heating and air conditioning makes living in this 20 ft shipping container home comfortable in any climate.


Shipping Containers in Porcelain Gallery Project, London


Project Porcelain Gallery
Design  Simon Astridge Architecture Workshop
Year 2017
Location 45 Leather Ln, London
Containers 4
Photographer Nicholas Worley

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This project is the first new build office to be approved with shipping containers construction within a Conservation area in central London. The containers are sprayed hues of red and yellow to match the original glazed bricks of the surrounding Listed Buildings.

Simon Astridge (on the project): "I want my clients to walk into a space and not be able to keep their hands in their pockets. I want them to touch the different hues, textures and colours of the tiled products. I want them to run their fingers over the walls and the floor. The porcelain gallery project allowed us to achieve our goals of sensorial architecture. Attention was paid to encompassing the rich history of Hatton Garden within the design, with the use of shipping containers representing the industrial heritage through to smaller details such as the antique light fittings and custom display cabinets designed to mimic and communicate the significance of the jewellery workshops still prevalent in the area.





The project is rooted within its context by orientating towards a mature locust tree and with the colours of the shipping containers taken from the surrounding grade listed buildings and classical red and yellow hues of London brick. Our celebratory concept for everything the visitor touches to be clay starts as soon as they enter the gallery with the gentle touch of the ceramic buzzer, this concept extends throughout the project with everything from the extruded stair handrail to the slender door handles being made from 100% natural clay. We meticulously designed all the pieces and their unique glazes with our ceramicist Emma Louise Payne."

Floating Shipping Container Home - Urban Rigger by Bjarke Ingels Group


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Project: Urban Rigger
Design: Bjarke Ingels Group
Containers: 9
Area: 300 
Year: 2016
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

Description from designers

Urban Rigger is a unique, design protected, patented, floating, flexible, CO2 neutral and mobile property totaling 680 , which is spread over 300  of housing (9 + 3 individual student residence a respectively. 23  – 27 ), a 160  common green courtyard, Kayak landing, Bathing platform, BBQ area, as well as 65  communal roof terrace. Downstairs below sea level, the 230  pontoon (basement), Comprising: 12 storage rooms, technical room and common fully automated laundry.

Designers utilize up-cycled shipping containers to create floating shipping container home.

Shipping container is probably the most optimised infrastructure on the planet. The container system is a uniform system that is used in every continent. Shipping containers are accessible everywhere. The problem arises when shipping container reaches the end of its lifecycle. Depending on global steel prices, shipping containers are either abandoned or melted down. If shipping container is melted down, it will have consumed 8.5 megawatt in its life cycle. So instead of recycling, we are banking on up cycling. In other words, continuing the container’s life cycle in a different way. It costs as little as 450 kilowatts and it does away with the approximately 1,100 tonnes of CO2 required to build a new, traditional home. By revitalizing these old structures we help to maintain a low environmental impact of Urban Riggers.





Sustainable Materials Approach

We want to do our best to preserve our natural capital. The material lifecycle perspective is considered in all our constructions, inside as well as outside. Healthy materials are chosen to create a good indoor climate. Our partners and their technologies are playing a key role in generating heating and cooling, while ensuring internal climate comfort and keeping energy use to a minimum. Instead of using traditional, bulky insulation materials, we are using at aerogel, which was developed for space travel and Aluthermo reflective insulation. It is a form of insulation consisting of thin aluminium foil made from recycled aluminium derived from beer and soda cans, for example.

Social responsibility and Socially responsible graduates

The Urban Rigger floating shipping container home project is primarely developed as student residence. Young people who want to make something of themselves, who have clear ideas about the planet and the future, who want to live close to their friends and their place of education.


Container Homes in Australia by Gran Designs WA


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Based on two prefab units or 40 ft shipping containers, joined together to provide a large open living area, this container home can be used either as a normal home or a granny flat, offering very comfortable and functional  living areas. The home features 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, full kitchen with island bench, living and meals areas. It’s perfect for two individuals who want their own privacy.

5 Finish and Material Considerations for Your Prefab Container Home

Container homes offer incredible versatility when it comes to home décor options and finishing styles.
The rudimentary design essentially offers a blank canvas for you to decorate in a way that reflects your
unique lifestyle. There are many options when it comes to creating a pleasing surface appearance for
your container home. Consider these 5 finish and material selections when creating your ideal living
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Bamboo Panels


Bamboo panels are a fantastic choice for creating a flattering interior wall space. This option strikes a lovely balance of invoking an eco-friendly atmosphere while also displaying a modern aesthetic, resulting in a timeless décor choice that simply won’t go out of style. Available in a spectrum of colors, bamboo panels feature a very subtle wood grain that complements a variety of interior décor. Select a dark, rich tone for a lavish appearance, or try a more blonde color to create a light and airy space.


Copia Eco Cabins: Two 40 ft Container Home in Bot Rivier valley by Berman-Kalil, South Africa


Project: Copia Eco Cabins
Design: Berman-Kalil
Containers: 2x40 ft
Location: Bot Rivier valley, South Africa

Made from two 40-foot shipping containers, the Copia Eco Cabins has a level of finish that beats out the average container conversion. The corrugated metal  shipping containers exterior has been painted a sleek black, accented by sections covered with bark-stripped branches — lending a dash of nature and horizontal line to the design.





This double 40 ft container home has everything you’d expect to find including gas water heating, off-grid solar electricity, wood-fired hot tub, fireplace and deck with sweeping views of the valley.


Sustainable Modular Container House with Roof Terrace and Garden for Rooftop Organic Farming


Available for 42,500 USD + delivery cost

Any customization is possible.

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Project Lettuce House, Sustainable Living Laboratory
Area 88.5 sqm
Containers 6
Location Shunyi, Beijing, China
Year 2014
Architects HE Ding, KONG Lingchen, WANG Wei
Sustainable Design LIU Xin, CHEN Weiran, HU Yechang, SU Yurong, YANG Xu, XU Zhetong, YOU Wanrong
Client Niu Jian
Project Cost 218,000 yuan (34,000 USD)
Photography LI Minfei


Sustainable Modular Container House with Roof Terrace and Garden for Rooftop Organic Farming

Description from the architects.

Sustainable Lifestyle Lab established by the Sustainable Design Institute of Arts and Science research center, Tsinghua University and Participatory Community Development Center. The sustainable modular container house with roof terrace and garden for rooftop organic farming composed of six containers, which applied low-carbon, healthy and green philosophy to real life, so as to let more people to understand and participate in it.

Material

Due to some restrictions, the construction time frame must be very short, and the house design should be efficient and recyclable. So the design team chose modular container house with roof terrace and garden for rooftop organic farming. The box structure, windows, doors, roofs, walls and floors are prefabricated in the factory.

Space and Function

The house composed of six containers (6055mm*2435mm*2790mm), using ‘modular design’ idea: Each box inside is a standard space unit with different functions. Different combination patterns form various function space. The container house includes three bedrooms, exhibition space, a storage room, a kitchen and a bathroom. The entrance container is located at an angle of 90 degrees to other five containers, forming a courtyard.

Environmental Friendliness

The production cost of this sustainable modular container house with roof terrace and garden for rooftop organic farming, is low, and the container is energy saving, low-carbon and reusable. It can be transported conveniently and the transportation cost is very low. The container house construction process is easy, quick, and resource-saving, with less noise and dust pollution.




Eco-circle system includes:

  • sewage collection, treatment, re-use: the reclaimed water system;
  • kitchen waste, excreta collection, treatment, re-use: biogas digester;
  • solar energy, wind energy and rainwater utilization;
  • organic farming.


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Shipping Container Home in Pinellas Park, Florida


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Area 2,000 square feet
Containers 7
Location Pinellas Park, Florida
Building Time 8 weeks
Budget $250,000
Design Sundog Structures

Building a house was pretty much the same for centuries but now there's a material that's totally changing the game: shipping containers. They're cheap, abundant and almost indestructible and they're revolutionising the way homes are being designed and built. Shipping container building is a movement that's taking the construction world by storm with a little creativity and vision you can create some truly stunning homes.

Marketing manager Miranda has been renting near Tampa for ten years.

"I'm from Detroit Michigan I moved down here when I was for my first marketing job I just love it so much I would never never move back to the cold. I'm definitely a Florida girl now I'm in sales and marketing and I really need a place where I can work from home. It's gonna be a huge help in my productivity it's gonna save me so much time and I don't have to pay for renting my own office."

Miranda wanted a cost-effective contemporary space.

"I've been looking for modern industrial kind of home for a while. I really started feeling like I wanted this when I saw this container bar that was built in Tampa it was so cool and I wanted something similar. My budget for building my container home is about two hundred and fifty thousand dollars."

Miranda has hired local contractors who specialized in container homes to help realize the vision. Shipping containers are really one of the best building units that you can have. Florida has wind storm conditions with hurricanes and these containers are super strong. It's a sustainable product. There's millions of these that come into Florida ports every year that aren't being utilized.

Miranda's home features seven containers, 2,000 square feet area and 30 foot vertical tower serves as the entrance to the ground floor opening to a square foot office workspace. The second floor features two bedrooms, kitchen, dining area and second bathroom.

All constructions built watertight because in Florida any time that you leave steel exposed it's going to rust very quickly. There's a lot of salt in the air and there's a lot of moisture in the air. All the rust areas were putting on acid base and then priming them as quick as possible for paint work very quickly.

The exterior has retained the industrial level with wood accents and large windows. The front entrance leads to a large office base for Miranda's home business. Clean minimalist design and contemporary prints mixed with exposed metal. This is a cool space for Miranda to meet clients. Next space is just kind of relaxing when you're having a stressful day then just take a little break. Chic wooden stairs lead to Miranda's main living space. Open floor plan living room features exposed metal ceilings and accent walls. Bright breakfast nook sits alongside a modern kitchen with custom concrete countertop. Miranda's bedroom is light and airy. Second bedroom has been turned into a den for Miranda's dog Buddy. At the back of the house is an outdoor balcony for Miranda to soak up the Florida sun.





Google Shipping Container Data Center


Google Shipping Container Data Center

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There are slots for over 45,000 servers in the 45 shipping containers housed inside. The data center itself went into service in 2005 and supports 10MW of IT equipment load. It has a trailing twelve month average Power Utilization Effectiveness value of 1.25.


Shipping Container Duplex House, California



Project: Lucia Container Home
Architect: Peter DeMaria
Area: 2,100 square feet and 2,300 square feet
Location: Redondo Beach, California
Year: 2017
Photography: Tony LaBruno, David Rosenfeld, Gil Castro

Dec 14, 2017

When Paula Dowd and family decided to build a new shipping container duplex house on their property in South Redondo they wanted to do more than just build a home. They wanted to create something that represented the change they wished to see in the world.

For the Dowd's, that change meant deciding to build with an alternative to wood-framed construction. So they went with shipping containers.

The shipping container duplex house, in the 200 block of South Lucia Avenue, consists of 14 used containers as the main structural component. Each container, purchased from a company in the Port of Los Angeles, was welded together with holes carved out precisely for windows and doors.

Dowd's home — which has been nicknamed the Lucia Container Home and is actually two homes on one 6,000 square-foot lot.

Each home, at 2,100 square feet and 2,300 square feet respectively, has three bedrooms and two and a half baths. The back house also have an office.





3 Shipping Containers Home by Honomobo



Project: HO3
Design: Honomobo
Area: 528 square feet

3 Shipping containers knit together to create a private full bedroom, kitchen with an island, and a stunning 21’ wide front window to maximize light and indoor/outdoor connection. At 528 square feet the HO3 efficiently packs immense program into an extremely comfortable and efficient space.

Included as standard is a highly efficient air source heat pump for heating and cooling.

Dimensions: 24ft Wide x 24ft Deep

This 3 Shipping Containers Home is solar photovoltaic ready. Ready to take the plunge to full net positive.

Highly efficient certified 2lb polyurethane closed cell foam was used for insulation, which eliminates any air gaps and air transfer. This keeps the container home cool in the summer and warm in the winter





Beautiful Shipping Container Home Casa Incubo by María José Trejos



Project: Casa Incubo (Incubo House)
Architect: María José Trejos
Area: 400 m²
Location: Escazu, San Jose, Costa Rica
Year: 2013
Photo: Sergio Pucci

The cedar tree plays a very important role for the space of this beautiful shipping container home, so that there is a visual contact to the tree from any point of the house. In addition, the shape of the house designed with harmony to climate elements of the surrounding place: double height central space acts as a lung with natural cross ventilation, and the glass facade provides natural lighting.

For the least possible environmental impact the architects took in account several considerations, in energy conservation system, as well as in materials and design. For example in the process of the choice of the building materials, main factors were their reusable, renewable, and recyclable qualities in addition to maintainability and durability. In furniture details, cedar tree wood was used as well as in the stairs. The deck was designed of certified wood from renewable sources mixed with bamboo, concrete floors and recycled plastic, among others. Also, the house water supply system has rainwater collection for irrigation and toilets. The hot water is solar-heated. Electricity can be provided with solar panels. For most doors in the container house,container doors were reused. Natural cross ventilation is enough for the house space so that the container home does not require additional air conditioning, and natural sunlighting makes virtually no necessary electric lights during the day.

The use of shipping containers in the design gives a rich contrast to the construction, in addition to significally reducing the environmental impact of this beautiful shipping container home, which means the reuse of an already existing building element for the construction, generating less CO2 emissions in athmosphere than the cement production for traditional houses and transportation to building site from trucking all those traditional materials, this without mentioning a less invasive earthworks. It is estimated that the total cost is reduced by 20% and the construction time about 20%.

The home area must also be used as a workplace for the owner, a professional photographer, who needs open spaces with a sufficient amount of light; a space that coincides with the ‘work and play’ philosophy while aiding creativity. a central 95m² area that can be used both for professional and personal purposes was formed by interconnecting and superposing containers. ‘The house dresses and undresses according to what you want to use it for,’ explains the architect, ‘be it a living room, an audiovisual space, a photographic or advertising studio.’





Yarra Valley Shipping Container Home in Chum Creek, Victoria, Australia


A bespoke luxury home built from eight shipping containers located in the foothills of the Toolangi State Forest in the picturesque Yarra Valley. At just an hour from Melbourne, it is the perfect spot for a weekend away with friends, a home base on your tour of the Yarra Valley, wedding celebrations or corporate booking.

Only 7 minutes drive from Healesville town center and TarraWarra Estate | Yarra Valley Winery. The whole place is yours to enjoy with the local bird life and beautiful scenery.

Yarra Valley Shipping Container Home has open plan living and boasts spotted gum flooring, a cosy wood fire and a kitchen perfect for entertaining. The two levels are completely independent, each with their own bathroom and kitchen. In addition, the spacious deck is perfect for that pre-dinner glass of wine after a day exploring all the region has to offer.

Downstairs: 2 Bedrooms, bathroom, kitchenette and dining / living area, small deck.

Upstairs: 3 Bedrooms (1 with ensuite), bathroom, kitchen, dining / living area, laundry, large deck with BBQ.

30 sqm House Inside Shipping Container by Cristina Menezes Arquitetura e Decoracao, Brazil



Project: Pocket House
Design: Cristina Menezes Arquitetura e Decoracao
Location: Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Year: 2013
Area: 30 sqm
Photogapher: Jomar Braganca

Brazil company Cristina Menezes Arquitetura e Decoracao created a 30 sqm house inside shipping container, "Pocket House". The project includes an architecture with the principles of mobility and sustainability. The existing civil work was the base for the shipping container. The rest of the work was only installation. In fact, this part of construction was very important, because the container should have the ability to be transported at any time to any place, without any inconvenience. Only furniture and decor elements will be transported separately. The measurements of the shipping container are standardized, and the container of the Pocket House is the 40-foot shipping container that is 12.20m x 2.44m, externally. Internally, after the installation of the structure with flooring and interior finish, the final measurements were 11.80m x 2.34m. Due to the small width, the first change we made to visually minimize this narrowing was to cut the long side to fit glass sliding doors. So we can have an amplitude and an integration with the external area! These large glass doors assist in ventilation and natural lighting. Steel side of the container was used as a deck structure that we created to have an extension of social space and a place for leisure activities. All the furniture is easy to move allowing you to use the deck as an extension of the living room and kitchen. The kitchen equipment is movable and electric and you can use it on the deck. For this purpose the outlet points for water and sewer were created on the deck.

For walls, ceiling and floor only one material was used: Ipe wood. Thus, we don't have the color and texture separation of what is floor, wall and ceiling and sense of amplitude increases. The bathroom walls are made of glass for lighter weight and less space. A translucent printing on the glass provides privacy between the living room and the bathroom. LED lighting enhances this interior design. For the acoustic insulation, we use a specific paint for this purpose on the steel side walls of the container.

This project allows you to have a 30 sqm house inside shipping container with kitchen, dining table, living room, bedroom and bathroom. This is sustainability! This is a new and current concept of living!





Shipping Container Restaurant in Mexico City: Perros Y Burros


Perros Y Burros - Shipping Container Restaurant in Mexico City was build by Mexican company Container Spaces.

Container Spaces works with recycling materials and has an architectural approach to the re-use of ISO shipping containers as a base element for construction of modular spaces for housing and commercial use, taking advantage of its characteristics of strength, mobility and adaptability, plus count the cost-benefit aspect.

Shipping containers padel sport club


For a shipping containers padel sport club (its a mix between tennis and squash) the Living Project Homes used 4 x 40ft HC containers, inside the containers they built a woodframe with insulation. The client wanted an eco look, the walls from the OSB3 board and the roof from OSB3 with a PVC folie wrap around for the color.

The movable container construction allows the client to have a permit for 2 years on this place, that's why he chose containers so over 2 years he can take all the containers and place them somewhere else.

The building time of this project was 4 weeks, and the time for placing, connecting and finishing on location was around one week.

Design Living Project Homes
Location Mechelen, Belgium
Year 2016


Pall Mall Hostel - Event Container Building by Artdepartment Berlin


 Pall Mall Hostel is no area to sleep; instead it is a space for having fun.

Artdepartment Berlin in collaboration with Fleck Promotion and Geometry Global agencies created concept of the Pall Mall Hostel. They offered a new view at dimension for promotional activities of Pall Mall at different music festivals. As the container hostel should be delivered at the events, which took places throughout Germany, the construction was made in a manner to obtain the certification from the TÜV (English: Technical Inspection Association, German: Technischer Überwachungs-Verein) and to be a space for more than 500 festival visitors.

This is the biggest container building that fulfilled all the criteria of the TÜV permit procedure successfully. At the ground floor there is a reception, where the guests can be registered and can receive promotional give-aways. The Event Container Building offers the superior convenience, there is a lounge, double sided bar and visitors can use Wi-Fi. Also there is a backstage area, the place where the bands retreat, in the annex. The technical storage container is used for successful operating of the engineering systems of the  Event Container Building.

The Pall Mall Club is situated in the first floor; it has professional light and sound systems and its own bar. Through the ample glass wall amazing view over festival ground is presented.  “To see and to be seen” is the motto in this place. On the terrace there is a stage, which is constructed from container decks.  Absolutely everything from different sides is seen from this centerpiece of the outdoor space. It is possible to build one more terrace on the second floor that will allow an unusual view over the Pall Mall stage and the whole festival grounds.

The hostel’s furniture, reception and bar are made of recycling building materials, because the hostel follows the recycling concept like most container constructions. Doors, windows and wood pallets are taken from old buildings. Among the main features there are the barrel furniture. Contemporary atmosphere is created by combination of the surfaces and high-end padding materials.

In August 2014 the Pall Mall Hostel was successfully presented at Rock‘nHeim Festival. The building has delightful view to the main stage both from the decks and the VIP lounge, where the organizers invite their guests. 

The event container Booth Plus at new festival ground impressed the guests in Mendig in 2015. The party on three levels of Event Container Building lasted three days. For allowing the best view over the Volcano Stage and whole festival ground a rooftop terrace was created. 

Small Off-Grid Container Home by Brenda Kelly

Small Off-Grid Container Home

Brenda Kelly made her old dream come true, she was dreaming about tiny house since she was at age of 13. And she got it; Brenda lives in small off-grid container home.

For following the regulations of local zoning in Auckland (New Zealand) concerning area, there is a covered outdoor porch area, which keeps the structure at 107 square feet (10 square meters).

Layout decision and design of the interior will amaze you from the first sight. There are kitchen, a bedroom with a wardrobe, spacious bathroom and even home office space though the limited square feet.

The concrete blocks were used for foundation of the house. Also the container home is equipped with two solar panels and there is a rainwater collection system.

Area: 107 square feet (10 square meters)
Location: Auckland, New Zealand

Huiini Container House in Mexico by S+ diseño


 Huiini Container House in Mexico is situated in a quiet district of the city, Primavera forest. This place has its advantages; the home is connected with surrounding nature. The owner of the house is retired single woman, but with great, creative and concrete ideas. So, the house is made as the perfect place for retreat. The idea of building the container house was arisen when the client wanted the home like "stacked boxes", as she does not live with curves or inclined ways.

The project consists from 4 high cube containers - two downstairs, two upstairs. For creating two terraces on each level there are offset. The internal area is 120 square meters.

The container house has two floors. The ground floor includes living room, laundry room, kitchen, bathroom, master bedroom with bathroom, tool room and terrace. The guest bedroom has walk-in closet and bathroom, studio, hall-gallery, terrace, double height living and dining room are upstairs. The openings in facades can be either closed or completely open if it is desirable.

The shipping containers have a lot of advantages. For instance, they have recycling structure; they can be constructed very fast. And if the location was changed the desing should not be changed, and it has modular advantages.

But containers also have the challenges such as temperature control (in such case the house was built with longer facades north-south).  The entire interior was lined with thermal acoustic insulation for protecting from cold and for keeping warmth. When the temperature changes the metal construction moves and it makes noise during the rain.

The container house has passive heating systems and the owner plans to buy solar cells.

Architects: S+ diseño
Location: La Primavera, Zapopan, Jal., Mexico
Area: 148.0 m2
Year: 2013
Photos: Mito Covarrubias





LoHi Container House in Denver, Colorado


The LoHi Container House is located in Denver. For building it seven shipping containers were used. Such containers you can find on cargo ship that transports the cars. The home doesn’t look inside like a pile of abandoned steel, it amazes with its luxurious interior. The shipping house container is up-cycling’s result. Thanks to this process reclaimed materials get their new life in something more valuable. Look at the photos below.

Area: 2,192 square feet (203 square meters)
Location: Denver, Colorado
Sold Price: $679,000 
Year: 2014

Off-the-grid container home by WolfPack Rentals

Off-the-grid container home by WolfPack Rentals
 WolfPack Rentals managed to develop a container home that is completely off-the-grid through solar panels and sewage tanks.

They converted a 20ft container into a living space with:
  • 15 decking that opens and closes on an automatic winch system
  • Bathroom with outdoor shower
  • Kitchen which includes: Fridge, inductive stove, sink, cupboard space
  • Bedroom with a double bed and under the bed lies the Battery.
  • Fully insulated through refrigerated panels 40mm
  • Bamboo composite decking on the deck as well as surrounding the unit for more insulation and decoration
  • Full plumbing, electrics and water supply
  • Automatic awning

Independent and Sustainable Container Home by Sustainer Homes

Independent and Sustainable Container Home by Sustainer Homes

Nowadays for house constructions which have no or little influence on the nature, old shipping containers are commonly used. Sustainer Homes improved this technology of container homes by creating self-managed houses that have water, electricity, gas and sewerage.

According to Sustainer Homes, such factors, as high rents and the necessity of having dwelling make young people to look for favorable, reasonable and accessible alternative. And such alternative is an independent, sustainable and comfortable container home, which provides with independence from facilities, eco-friendliness and freedom of mobility.

Such containers, or sustainers, can be used not only as homes, but as hotels or vacation homes and even as shelters for emergencies. The clients can choose size and design to their liking. For instance, there is available home at 30 square meters (323 square feet) for one or two persons for €75,000 (US$82,500). Other larger and houses for different climate, containers for families, office models and holiday homes are in development.

The container homes even produce drinking water, which satisfies Dutch standards, from the rainwater after collecting and filtering. Such houses are eco-friendly, because before returning to the ground the wastewater is filtered through a helophyte filter and that reduces the ground pollution.

The owners of container homes have no problems with electricity, as the containers are equipped with solar arrays and turbines, with the help of which a high level of energy security is afforded. Sustainer homes proofs that each container can produce about 5,000 kWh in a year, so the energy requirements are completely covered. A 20 kWh battery system ensures energy reliability.

A heat-pump provides the heating and for minimizing heat loss a sustainable insulation materials are used. The company has an idea to equip containers with the Toon smart thermostat. And as the improvement they want to develop the app that will show battery charge level, solar array energy production levels, energy usage and the weather forecast.

Design: Sustainer Homes
Year: 2015
Location: Netherlands

What is Shipping Container Architecture?

Nowadays in order to create something unique and creative an architects and designers often use shipping containers. This form of architecture is called the shipping container architecture or cargotecture. This architecture became popular, as the containers are wide available and strong material at a low price. Moreover, the container buildings are more environmentally friendly than traditional houses that made of bricks and cement.

The container homes have their advantages and disadvantages.

Containers are a perfect material for building. They are enough strong and durable, as the shipping containers can resist harsh environment and they are created for carrying heavy loads.

Another advantage of all shipping containers is modularity, because they have the same sizes. The architects can combine them and design the large and unique masterpieces. And the creation of additional construction is an easy task.

The construction expenses of the container house may be pretty high, as the specialized labor is needed. But these expenses are still lower than the building of traditional house.

The transportation is also an advantage of the container architecture. The container modules have standard shipping sizes and can be delivered by truck, rail or ship.

We can use the shipping containers all around the world. So, the availability is one more advantage of this ideal building material.

As for the expense, the containers have the lower price than other finished structures that are made of bricks. The containers can be bought from transport companies at a reasonable price, $1,200 each. And if you want to buy new brand they will cost you $6000.

In addition the main advantage of shipping containers is that they are eco-friendly.

In spite of all advantages, the shipping container architecture has its disadvantages. The containers heat very well, so they should have better isolation than wood, brick or block structures. There is a lack of flexibility, because to create spaces different to the default size is expensive and takes a lot of time. For the construction of container houses a crane is needed, so the construction site should be enough spacious. In some regions there is required some building permits for steel construction. The last disadvantage is that the roof is not very strong. It has the limit of 300 kg.

Today the structures made of shipping containers are widely used. And they have different usage, sizes, appearances and locations.



Shipping Containers Sizes, Dimensions, Volumes, Weights and Loads



20′ container 40′ container 40′ high-cube container 45′ high-cube container
imperial metric imperial metric imperial metric imperial metric
external

dimensions
length 19′ 10.5″ 6.058 m 40′ 0″ 12.192 m 40′ 0″ 12.192 m 45′ 0″ 13.716 m
width 8′ 0″ 2.438 m 8′ 0″ 2.438 m 8′ 0″ 2.438 m 8′ 0″ 2.438 m
height 8′ 6″ 2.591 m 8′ 6″ 2.591 m 9′ 6″ 2.896 m 9′ 6″ 2.896 m
internal

dimensions
length 19′ 3″ 5.867 m 39′ 5 4564 12.032 m 39′ 4″ 12.000 m 44′ 4″ 13.556 m
width 7′ 8 1932 2.352 m 7′ 8 1932 2.352 m 7′ 7″ 2.311 m 7′ 8 1932 2.352 m
height 7′ 9 5764 2.385 m 7′ 9 5764 2.385 m 8′ 9″ 2.650 m 8′ 9 1516 2.698 m
door aperture width 7′ 8 ⅛″ 2.343 m 7′ 8 ⅛″ 2.343 m 7′ 6" 2.280 m 7′ 8 ⅛″ 2.343 m
height 7′ 5 ¾″ 2.280 m 7′ 5 ¾″ 2.280 m 8′ 5″ 2.560 m 8′ 5 4964 2.585 m
internal volume 1,169 ft³ 33.1 m³ 2,385 ft³ 67.5 m³ 2,660 ft³ 75.3 m³ 3,040 ft³ 86.1 m³
maximum
gross weight
66,139 lb 30,400 kg 66,139 lb 30,400 kg 68,008 lb 30,848 kg 66,139 lb 30,400 kg
empty weight 4,850 lb 2,200 kg 8,380 lb 3,800 kg 8,598 lb 3,900 kg 10,580 lb 4,800 kg
net load 61,289 lb 28,200 kg 57,759 lb 26,600 kg 58,598 lb 26,580 kg 55,559 lb 25,600 kg

The Nest Home - Net-Zero Prefab Home by Missouri S&T

Net-Zero Prefab Home

Three shipping containers were used by Missouri University of Science and Technology students for construction net zero buildings that have reasonable prices and they are safe. A bird’s nest became an inspiration for choosing the shape of the Nest Home, for building of which recycled materials were used. There are also several sustainable systems, such as efficient lighting, a hydroponic garden and grey water reuse. Solar panels provide the house with enough energy for all needed aims and an electric vehicle. During Solar Decathlon 2015 international competition this project was created. Solar Decathlon challenges student teams to design, build, and operate the most attractive, effective, and energy-efficient solar-powered house.

The Nest Home was constructed for a growing family. The house includes private and common spaces, but the living space can be enlarged with the help of containers that can be added to the Nest Home. There are reused materials, from which made everything in house. For example, the wood siding is made from refurbished shipping pallets, the carpeting is made from reused fishing nets and insulation is made from recycled denim batting.

For powering the house and an electric vehicle there are 24 photovoltaic panels. Each panel contains a micro-inverter for transforming direct current to alternating current, and a centralized inverter is not required. The optimal temperatures in the house maintains by automated windows that support the HVAC system. There are also automated lightning for saving energy and sensors for detecting the empty house. Three hydroponic gardens provide the owners with fresh vegetables and herbs. The greywater reclamation helps to provide irrigation for the bathroom and the gardens. So, the water consumption of the house is reduced up to 25 percent.

Design: Missouri University of Science and Technology
Year: 2015
Photos by Mike Chino


PV14 - Two-Story Container Home by M Gooden Design, Dallas, Texas


The house is located not far from White Rock Park, at the same street, and it is one of the highest elevations in Dallas, it is about 100’ above White Rock Lake’s surface. The lake is just about 1,000 feet away to the southwest.

To create a unique design and to build a modern and unequalled house were the main purposes for the architects. The residence should be appropriate to the specific site and the technologies for house’s erection should be readily available, but at the same time not very often used in nowadays residence building. The house is a two-story single family residence which includes small penthouse with roof deck access. There are 3 bedroom, 3.5 bathrooms, ground level entertainment area, 2 car garage + storage bay, porte cochere, large roof deck with panoramic view and elevated covered porches adjacent to main living areas.

The majestic scenery of the lake, the trees all around it and the City can be seen from the residence. And that is the main advantage of house’s high location and its axis is aligned with the City street grid to the Southwest.

The goal of elevation of living areas is to create more comfortable conditions for living, the designers wanted to separate the dwelling from the street traffic activity near the house and to make the views better.

The using of overhangs and porches is perfect decision for protecting windows from direct sunlight. And this clever solution helps also to capture the natural light, so it reduces energy bills. And nothing interrupts the picturesque scenery.

For reducing energy costs and extending the life of the roof the architects equipped the house’s roof deck with a solar screen, applied to the insulated single-ply membrane.

The residence was built from concrete, steel structures, prefab steel modules - 40ft shipping containers, masonry and glass. All of these elements are combined and create really unique and comfortable design.

Design: M Gooden Design
Area: 3700 sf
Year: 2014
Location: Dallas, Texas, USA
Photography: Wade Griffith, Kurt Griesbach


Shipping containers can help refugees - concept by Middelkoop Architecten


In the context of the influx of refugees to the Netherlands the returntainer has been developed. This container unit is designed and insulated so comfortable living is perfectly possible. The interior can be finished with insulated panels, kitchen and bathroom are also provided. Several units can be connected to provide larger family shelter.

The container unit is fabricated by removing the standard container doors and a few sections of sidewall. These details can be stored in order to be used again if a relocation will be desired. Regarding the location the container unit concept can be implemented on almost any temporary vacant lot or even in agricultural areas.

Made from high quality steel, shipping containers have excellent fire resistance. These properties are especially important for refugee camps and can save people's lives.

Contact us for more information about container homes.

return.tainer concept by Middelkoop Architecten
www.tainer.nl
www.livingprojecthomes.com


Container Resort Home by Anand Bungalows


This awesome Container Resort Home was designed and built by Anand Bungalows in Malaysia and the construction includes natural ventilation, rainwater harvesting, plus water and energy efficient design.

The Container Resort Home is located in Bukit Tinggi, Pahang and it consists of six, stacked shipping containers – four of which are oriented south and north, and two oriented at an angle of 90° - west and east. The four 40 ft containers are stacked 2x2 to create a two-story volume with the windows and doors oriented to the north direction to form partial enclosures and shade for the windows and balconies. In between the two perpendicularly located container volumes, an intermediate double height atrium was designed and constructed allowing for proper natural ventilation – the windows on opposing sides encourage efficient cross ventilation and due to the air pressure difference a hot air rises naturally.

The home was built on a reinforced concrete pier foundation, has a light footprint and low impact to the surrounding land. Provided by the project the large shed roofs help to keep sun off the containers surface and minimize heat gain from direct sunlight, while directing and collecting rainwater into a large storage cistern located underneath the house. The houshold grey water from dishwasher, kitchen sinks, bathroom sinks, showers and tubs is recycled and used in the gardens along with the rainwater. Moreover, natural daylighting, energy-efficient appliances and low flow water fixtures help reduce the footprint of the container home even further.

Design: Anand Bungalows
Area: 2,551 square foot
Year: 2010
Photos: Ken Kwok