Container Homes in Australia by Gran Designs WA

Gran Designs WA

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

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.


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


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
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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

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
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.

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return.tainer concept by Middelkoop Architecten

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

20 foot Shipping Container Outdoor Room by Royal Wolf

The Shipping Container Outdoor Room has been designed to provide an extra space for various purposes. Portable and innovative, the Container Outdoor Room can be transformed into a modern space solution for retail, business or residential applications such as a retreat, home office, chill out zone or spare bedroom. Ideal for those working from home, teenagers retreat, extended family, ‘pop-up’ retail events or entertainment room, festivals, expos and much more.

The 20 foot modular prefab unit features lighting, power, flooring, air conditioning, glass sliding doors and superior insulation. The Room is delivered as a ‘blank slate’ and it can be used, decorated and furnished to create whatever interior type of room area is needed. Mixing contemporary design and practicality, the Container Outdoor Room can be delivered directly to buyer's site with the added advantage of being able to be repositioned to another site or removed if required.

Container Home Design for Hot Climate, Thailand

Container home design for hot climate, Thailand

This amazing container home design was created by owner specially for hot climate of Krabi province in Thailand. Due to proximity of the location to the equator, there is little variation in high and low temperatures in the course of the year. Krabi has an average annual low of 25 °C (77 °F) and an annual high of 32 °C (90 °F).

The home consists of 4 containers: 2 of them create space for kitchen, shop, and storage downstairs; other 2 containers are for living area upstairs. White color was chosen to maximize the reflection of sunlight and to prevent heating of the surface of the walls.

Location: Krabi, Thailand
Year: 2010
Project cost: US$39,000

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

Shipping container office building

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, Spain

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

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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.

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.

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

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
Project: PORT-A-BACH
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