Shipping container office building - The Box Office by Distill Studio and Truth Box


The Box Office was constructed from 32 shipping containers in Providence, Rhode Island, on the former Harris Lumber site. The container building consists of 12 studio/office spaces. Joe Haskett from Distill Studio created the design and the project was developed by Truth Box.

Among the many green features are:
  • using recycled containers;
  • a super tight, well-insulated exterior with high thermal performance doors and windows;
  • high efficiency heat pumps (air source) in each unit;
  • ERVs (energy recovery ventilators) to provide fresh air and to conserve energy;
  • solar panel array (10 KwH) on the roof (the building is "all electric").

The Box Office uses 22 KBTU/sf/year, or about 25% of a "typical" office building.

Windows location is strategically designed to provide the most indoor daylight with the most effective openings sizes; the result are well-lit and comfortable interiors with superior air quality in the units, even though the Box Office is nestled between a major urban roadway, a train track and a highway.

Designer: Distill Studio
Developer: Truth Box
Location: Providence, Rhode Island
Year: 2010
Photos: Nat Rea, Glen Turner

Two story container house in El Tiemblo


This two story container house consists of four 40' High Cube shipping containers assembled in L-shape structure. There are living room, kitchen, bathroom and area for visitors (with a small living room and two bedrooms for guests) on the ground floor and study, bathroom and master bedroom on the second floor.

The location of the site is above an altitude of 1,100 meters, so it is a cold place in winter and ecological biomass heating system is used for heating. The main facade oriented toward the south on the stunning views of the valley and nearby mountain while receiving direct rays of the sun in winter to heat the main exterior facade. Two trees located near southern wall, so sun radiation is gradually absorbed by the vegetation, which creates an outer green skin to protect the house from heat in summer. The organization of doors and windows allows a refreshing natural ventilation. The inner enclosure is made of cellulose fiber insulation from recycled newsprint and cork in some places. The house achieves a 70% (measured by weight) of recycled and reused components. Taps and sanitary equipment have low water consumption.

The construction system operates on a modular design, with some prefab details to reduce transport costs and pollution on site. The modular system suggests the full realization of the house integrating possible rapid and consistent space expansion in case the client needs change over time.

Architects: James & Mau
Area: 190.0 m2
Location: El Tiemblo, Spain
Budget: 140.000 €
Project Year: 2010
Builder: Infiniski
Building time: 6 months
Furniture / Decoration: Becara
Photos: Pablo Sarabia

Transportable shipping container bar


This transportable shipping container bar was manufactured by Artdepartment Berlin on the basis of the concept developed by the Berlin agency DREINULL. One 20 ft open side shipping container was used in this project. The 20 ft open side container has the same footprint as a standard 20 ft ISO shipping container and has full side access doors.

Concept: DREINULL
Manufacture: Artdepartment Berlin
Year: 2014

Barneveld Noord Shipping Container Railway Station


Frames of the three 20 ft shipping containers with glass walls form the main area in the Barneveld Noord Shipping Container Railway Station, which includes waiting area and cafe. Another three 20 ft containers form the second layer, one of these containers creates double-high ceiling in the waiting area, second contains technical installations, the other storage. The seventh container is 40 ft and is flipped to an upright position. It makes a tower, which contains a clock and a wind vane. The tower holds a lavatory, topped by a glass roof and is 12 m high.

Architects: NL Architects
Year: 2013
Location: Utrecht, Netherlands


Affordable shipping container home by Living Project


This container home is made of a standard 40ft HQ ISO shipping container. The home has thermal insulation inside and maintenance-free brushed aluminium panels outside. The windows are from PVC with a steel core and insulated glass (HR++). The kitchen is equipped with electric boiler 50L (energy saving), electric cooking stove and oven. On the other side of the kitchen there is a folding table for 2-3 person.

The average price for a container home (1 unit) will be around € 20.000 until € 30.000 depending on the configuration. This unit is for sale for € 30.000 with tax in the Netherlands, so for international sale it would be around € 25.000

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Caterpillar House by Sebastián Irarrázaval


Construction of the 350-square-metre container house took just 8 months compared to a year or more, pointing out one of the many benefits of prefabricated construction. It also cost a 1/3 less. The site was first cleared of loose clay and rocks, and concrete retaining walls were erected to enclose the living areas on the ground level. Outdoor stairs at one end lead up to a side deck, with an open container serving as a cantilevered lap pool. To support the upper level, a massive steel cross­beam and posts anchor the containers that line up in four side-by-side volumes, each with its own viewfinder window at either end. The containers were trucked to the site and then cut and welded before being craned into place. Polyurethane was sprayed on, and the entire structure was clad in steel plates.

Architect: Sebastián Irarrázaval
Area: 350 sq m
Containers: 12 shipping containers: six 20-foot (6-m) units, five 40-foot (12-m) units and open-top shipping container for swimming pool.
Location: Santiago, Chile
Year: 2012
Photography: Sergio Pirrone

"Contertainer" - polyclinic and library made from 8 used containers in Indonesia


"Contertainer, designed by dpavilion architects of Surabaya – Indonesia, is an amalgam of two words: container and entertainer. From its outer look, at a glance one can see an architectural form made of several brightly painted containers—red, yellow, blue and light green—in attractive position and composition, thus forming a contertainer.

Principal architects of dpavilion, Edwin Nafarin, once muttered: “I want to create architecture that would please many”. Contertainer is one of his works that manifests his architectural creed.

Contertainer Is situated in Batu, East Jawa, Indonesia. Batu is a relatively new town which still retains a strong agricultural nuance. Perhaps it is a town with a village-like atmosphere. Contertainer is a public facility, consisting of a polyclinic and a library, where ordinary people can come and use the facilities for free. The appearance of the contertainer in town can be perceived through various angles, for the appearance of an architectural work would be followed by many effects which it produces.

One question to reveal: why dpavilion architects, as a designer of polyclinic and public library, started its idea from container? Perhaps there are several factors. First, a logical one: container is a firm structure with human-scaled spatial aspect (in spite of its real purpose as container of goods), so it is rather practical, quick and cheap to be transformed into architectural work (a 2,4m x12m used container costs only 8 million rps, there are 8 containers). Second, a morphological factor: container has a unique characteristic, a hollow block with standardized sizes, with potentialities to be designed with extreme and provocative manner. Third, symbolical factor: these containers, now utilized as a polyclinic and library, had travelled around the globe. Hence, a container is a true adventurer.

The containers utilized as a polyclinic and library are used container, a true adventurer, is undoubtedly representing the library. Books, “the windows to the world”, are placed inside such container; an appropriate collaboration, is it not? May it stimulate the children reading at the library, fulfilling their curiousities to explore terra incognita.

Also, a container has dynamic nature, it moves and shifts, yet it also transformed into static, unshifting architectural being. To force a container to remain still, is seemingly against its dynamic nature. Yet the designers celebrate its dynamic form through a twisted, non-linear composition. This is enhanced with supporting columns placed uncongruently, making the contertainer enjoys its dynamism.

The contertainer is also a parody, the dichotomy of architecture as a place for activities (which considers human scale) and as expression (expressing emotion and the will of artist), the contertainer exhibits containers of goods as containing human beings. We may ponder upon this: how important is human being for architecture? How un-important is human being for architecture?" dpavilion architects

Design: dpavilion architect
Location: Kota Batu, East Java, Indonesia
Photography: Ganny Gozaly

Marti Montgomery's shipping container house, Springfield, Missouri



With a budget of $150,000, Marti Montgomery used four shipping containers to build a home on the land she's dreamed of living on for decades.

Design: Jason Mitchell and Michael Mardis
Year: 2010
Total Cost: $150,000
Location: Springfield, Missouri
Photography: Jess Heugel

Casa Manifesto. Recycled shipping container house, Chile


Bioclimatic design, recycling, reuse, reduction of building materials; clean and renewable energy use. All these concepts converge in the Casa Manifesto - recycled shipping container house designed by James & Mau and built by Infiniski.

The structure consists of the three shipping containers, combined with other materials such as wood, recycled aluminum and others. The construction is based on a modular prefabricated design, which allows to limit transport costs and pollution on site. This system suggests the complete realization of the house design, integrating possible extensions - fast and consistent, in case the client's space needs will change over time.

Design: James & Mau, Infiniski
Area: 160 m2
Year: 2009
Execution Time: 90 days
Total Cost: 79.000 €
Location: Curacavi, Chile
Photography: Antonio Corcuera

Portable shipping container holiday home, New Zealand


Atelierworkshop believe shipping containers can be an effective answer for various scale architectural projects and if site access, portability, security, robustness are issues. This portable shipping container holiday home was built in Hangzhou, China and transported to New Zealand. The prototype is now part of the exhibition of Puke Ariki Museum in New Plymouth. This container home is not in production now (1/2013) and require commercial partners in order to produce it.

Design: Atelierworkshop
Photography: Paul McCredie

Shipping containers in loft apartment, San Francisco, California


Two San Francisco travel and art addicts overhauled a loft apartment and customized two shipping containers to reflect their passions and accommodate their collection. Read article in Dwell

Design: Lundberg Design
Photography: Drew Kelly

Prefabricated container house built from eight containers


The prefabricated container house is built from eight container units transported by truck and assembled using a crane in three days. The units have been designed from recycled shipping containers 40'. The exterior is in accordance with the municipality and the regulations. The area is 240 m2 on 2 levels. Upstairs 3 bedrooms, office, powder room, bathroom and a bedroom to finish by the owner. The interior design is in line with clients: industrial style, choice of noble and authentic materials: steel, aluminum, glass, polycarbonate, wood and other industrial materials.

Design: Patrick Partouche

ISO container building in Brazil


This ISO container building was designed and built of six ISO containers and existing double height hangar structure, taking advantage of the cubic volume and the linearity of the container spaces. Huge sliding polycarbonate doors connect the building with an inner garden and the city.

Design: Studio mk27
Photography: Pedro Vannucchi

Modular steel container home, Mojave Desert, California


The modular steel container home is composed of diverse steel elements, including: 6 repurposed containers, a 10,000 gallon water tank, a Butler pre-engineered building, and a steel shade canopy with integrated metal framing system that provides wind, fire and earthquake protection, extraordinary strength, as well as large door and window openings to maximize cooling, ventilation, and natural daylighting. An adjustable, bolt-on shade and steel frame system creates wind, glare and 50% solar heat reduction on the house; solar breezeway creates suitable location for plug-in attachment of future water heating panel and solar electric arrays.

By combining mass-produced and high-efficiency modular construction methods with contemporary innovative design in one of the most harsh climate zones in United States, designers have developed a sustainable and low-cost housing system that can be delivered and quickly assembled anywhere in the world.

Design: echotechdesign
Location: Joshua Tree, California, USA
Architects: Walter Scott Perry, Eric Engheben
Photography: Jack Parsons

Simple shipping container home made of two 20 ft containers


This simple shipping container home is made of two 20 ft containers and located in Thailand not far from Bangkok. The home has 1 bedroom, living area and embedded prefab bathroom unit. The containers are insulated with recycled thermal insulation with roof layer above the home to prevent the transmission of heat into the habitable areas.

Design and photos: BlueBrown

Ocean shipping container house, Kansas City, Missouri


While homes made of containers is not a new idea, this ocean shipping container house design is unique in how it combine spaces and areas that nurture the inhabitants. Delightful to be in and easy to maintain, these spaces are inspiring and generous. The designer created three kinds of spaces: Container Space offers unique livable areas, Contained Space – the area created between two or more containers and Uncontained Space – which is the area beyond the building, integrally connected to an overall structure.

Design: Debbie Glassberg

Small shipping container home, Auckland, New Zealand


This small shipping container home can be used as a spare room, studio, home office, sleepout or anything you want. The transportable 20 foot container unit can include various home devices for any taste and budget and so generates portable rooms with various functionality and can be delivered anywhere in the world.

Design: One Cool Habitat

Sea container home in Maine


This sea container home was built by stacking twelve sea containers and replacing some of the steel container walls with large windows. The design creates the feeling as if there are exterior entrances, courtyards and houses within the building. By using inexpensive, readily available sea containers to built the home, the architect managed to keep the cost of this amazing sea container home at about $125/square foot.

Design: Adam Kalkin
Photography: Peter Aaron/Esto

Cargo container home in Quebec, Canada


This 3,000 square feet cargo container home in Quebec has four bedrooms. In the seven cargo units home the container walls are exposed on the inside. On the outside, the container home walls have five inches of thermoinsulation that is topped by wood siding. This energy-efficient, durable and bright inside home cost about $175,000 to build.

Design: Maison Idekit

Shipping container home, Houston, Texas


Despite unconventional building elements of this shipping container home, the architects created a traditional rectangular home plan. Outside, the three units, one 20-foot container and two 40-foot containers form the three facades, with a glass wall to the fourth completing the perimeter of the home. The master suite is placed in the 40-foot unit; the second bedroom and an opening for the playroom and office, also take up the 40-foot module; and the laundry and kitchen rooms house the 20-foot container. Outside 400 sq ft deck connects the house to a 40 foot container that inhabits the storage shed and guest quarters.

Design: Christopher Robertson, Numen Development
Photography: Jack Thompson

Ocean container house, California


This ocean container house incorporates three shipping insulated containers into the structure of this three bedroom, 1350 square foot house. Made to withstand tremendous loads and, with built-in refrigerated units, to keep low constant temperature, these ocean containers make excellent architecture building blocks and they easily meet the existing building codes.

Design: Leger Wanaselja Architecture

Prefabricated container home in New Zealand


This prefabricated container home is an excellent example of industrial design in residential housing. Re-use of sea containers make the price of this three story home very attractive. Also, the containers durable enough, allow widely combine arrangement of the rooms and provide huge scope for designers of modular homes.

Design: Ross Stevens
Photography: Petraalsbach

Modular container home


This modular container home is consist of six modules made of shipping containers. In the four containers on the ground level there are four bedrooms, in the two containers on top there are dining room, living room and open kitchen. The home's features are white oak floors, cypress decking and siding, white thermoplastic roof, spray foam insulation, energy-efficient windows and Energy Star appliances.

Design: Andrew Anderson

Earthquake-resistant container home by ARQtainer


This earthquake-resistant container home was made with three 20-foot and two 40-foot shipping containers. The customers wanted an earthquake-proof home at an affordable price, and architects were able to deliver a home design to suit client's needs using the shipping container as the structure. The earthquake-resistant container home was built for about $75,000 USD in three months.

Three 20-foot containers have the kitchen and living room, while two 40-foot containers have the bathrooms and bedrooms. Original shipping container flooring was replaced with quality hardwood flooring. The builder insulated the ceiling and walls with spray-applied cellulose to avoid acoustic and thermal bridges, installed energy-efficient windows and then finished the interior.

Design: ARQtainer

Prefab container home


This prefab container home is a one of the c-series factory built modules made from recycled shipping containers that can be customized or combined as desired by the customer. The c-series range consists of five designs in cost from $29,500 to $189,500. Off-grid and green options are offered including composting toilets, solar panels, roofwater harvesting and “green machine” sewage treatment. The sprayed-in insulation creates R32 floors, R44 ceilings and R24 walls. The prefab container home can be placed in cold climate conditions as well as hot climates. The roof snow load is 60psf.

The prefab container homes from HyBrid Architecture are shipped complete. A local builder will need to be arranged for foundation work as well as sewage and electrical hook-ups. In many local jurisdictions, if a project area is less than 200sf there is no full permitting process required. HyBrid Architecture has completed commercial and residential prefab container projects in Washington, Oregon and California and has designed over 20 projects worldwide.

Design: HyBrid Architecture

Cargo container art studio


The client needed a small art studio close to her residence. Her requirements were a stringent budget and for an area of about 700 sf; and for a simple building that would be both reflective and inviting. Architect's solution was to assemble two cargo containers perched over a foundation cellar/wall. By cutting most part of the floor of the cargo containers, architects were able take advantage of a high ceiling and to move the art studio to a lower level. The upper floor provides a sitting area and a more intimate work area.

Design: Maziar Behrooz

Green roof container home, Texas


This green roof container home serves as a small guest house and is fitted with a custom stainless sink and a WC/shower. Large sliding window open the interior space to the surrounding natural landscape. The design emphasis is on the sustainable strategies: the recycling of the ocean container for a permanent use; the green roof provides shade and natural insulation to reduce heat gain. The grey water from the shower and sink is captured for green roof irrigation. The interior space is insulated with spray foam and lined with natural bamboo plywood, appropriate for the walls as the floor.

Design: Poteet Architects
Photography: Chris Cooper

40,000 USD shipping container home


A young couple dreamed of living in their own home 20 minutes outside of the city, where they could enjoy the natural landscape with their horses. They made the bold choice of exploring with architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe the possibility of creating an inexpensive shipping container home that allowed them to live the life they always dreamed of and be dept free. One of the important goals for architect was to provide customers with the spectacular views, the sunset, the sunrise, and overall create a feeling of home and comfort.

Design: Benjamin Garcia Saxe

Green off-the-grid shipping container home

Green off-the-grid shipping container home

Interior of this green off-the-grid shipping container home provides cozy living space, in combination with beautiful mountain view this make the container house a very comfortable retreat place. In the project were used different green technologies: solar water heating, passive cooling, pellet stove heating, and green roof.

Design: Studio H:T
Photography: Braden Gunem