Low Cost Shipping Container Office Space, Los Angeles, California

About Pallotta TeamWorks
About Clive Wilkinson Architects

Project: Pallotta TeamWorks Workplace
Design: Clive Wilkinson Architects
Type: Offices, Warehouse Conversion
Area: 47,000 SF
Location: Atwater Village, Los Angeles, California
Year: 2002
Photo: Benny Chan, Fotoworks

Description from architects

A growing American charity event company, Pallotta TeamWorks, approached the firm with a challenging proposition: to create an inspiring new headquarters for them in a raw warehouse with a shoestring budget. After a preliminary budget analysis, it emerged that they had insufficient funds to even air-condition the space.

This tight constraint led to a concept of locating the client's work areas in air-conditioned breathing islands' loosely enclosed in tents, within the unconditioned warehouse. All infrastructure was analyzed for optimum distribution paths, and minimal structural alteration. To further save money, shipping containers acted as both private offices and the corner anchors for the tent structures. The resulting project generated considerable savings in use over conventional office build-outs, and reinforced the client's message of promoting responsible, sustainable ways of living on this planet. The project won several design awards, including a national AIA Honor Award.


3 Story 4 Bedroom Shipping Container Home, Costa Rica

About 506 Tennis Court

Containers: 5
Price: $699,000
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3
Location: Nosara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

This 3 story 4 bedroom shipping container home is in the 506 Tennis Center compound which is the only gated community with full time security in Esperanza. Less than a 5 minute drive to the beach in Playa Guiones or more secluded South Playa Guiones! It has 2 swimming pools, 3 hard true surface and 2 clay tennis courts, as well as 3 guard houses to allow only homeowners and renters into the community. For added security, the guards make regular rounds at night. They have never had a security issue since they began over 15 years ago!!

We wanted the main feature of the shipping container home to be based on simple eco-living elegance. It was built to have as little of a footprint on the environment as possible using 5 recycled containers, natural stone (much of which was found on the premises) and wood and as little cement (which contributes up to 17% of the earths greenhouse gases!!) as possible.

When we designed the shipping container home, we wanted all bedrooms separate from each other. This also allows for privacy come bedtime or waking up in the morning (no one else has to be woken up accidentally by your 5 am dawn patrol sesh!). The two bedrooms on the 2nd and 3rd floor have their own bathroom, while 2 bedrooms and an office/bedroom share an adjacent bathroom. All of the rooms have A/C and high end ceiling fans.

The shipping container home sits on 3.25 acres of very private land with hundred of fruit trees such as lime, orange, star fruit, mango, banana and avocado as well as hundreds of gorgeous flowering precious wood trees such as Cortez Amarillo, Cortez Negro, Sandal, Llamaron del Bosque, Orgullo de La India and Malinche. There is a 1.5 Km mountain bike single track with jumps, berms and flowering hibiscus tunnels, also enjoyable for walking!! Part of the trail follows a lovely stream. There are ocean views from the 3rd and 4th floor and in the dry season from the 2nd floor. The back of the home has a breathtaking view of the San Juan and Garza mountains in the distance while still only being 15 minute walk to the beach! Also during the dry season, there are usually water shortages which cause the local water authority to cut off service for hours at a time. We have a 2500 gallon backup cistern so Casa Olindez will never be out of water!

We didn’t take any shortcuts on the amenities but we have kept them simple. All 4 of the massive outdoor decks and all the ceilings are almond wood and furniture is Almond, Cocobolo, Brazilian Cherry, Cortez Amarillo, Sandal, Cedar and Teak. Many of the same trees are full grown on the premises to be enjoyed by our guests.

Monkeys pass within feet of the 3rd floor shower window and 4th story view deck in the mornings and afternoon! Families can enjoy the nature trails, tennis, ping pong, foosball and just relaxing in a hammock on the decks!

We believe the pictures of the home speak better than our words!

4 Bedroom Shipping Container Modular House, New York

This four-bedroom, 1800 sf, shipping container modular house was completed in March 2019. Its a breakthrough project for MB Architecture and they hope it will provide a template for many future homeowners who may want to bypass the typical process of custom-designing and building homes.

About MB Architecture
About Gallanti Inc

Project: Amagansett Modular
Architect: MB Architecture
Builder/General Contractor: Gallanti Inc
Structural Engineer: Keith Ewing
Containers: 6
Area: 1800 sf
Location: Amagansett, Long Island, New York
Year: 2019

Wrapped around a mature oak tree, a light-filled 4 bedroom shipping container modular house embraces the outdoors in more ways than one.

In the East Hampton village of Amagansett, Manhattan-based MB Architecture has completed their largest—and most complex—prefab project to date: a 1,800-square-foot shipping container home that emphasizes indoor/outdoor living.

"It’s the culmination of 10 years of research prototyping," says Maziar Behrooz, founder of MB Architecture. His award-winning cargotecture work drew the attention of the clients, a couple with three young children, who had been looking for an alternative to the ubiquitous wood-shingled homes in the Amagansett area.

"The fact that our prefab projects are less expensive and take less time to build was an additional incentive," adds Behrooz.

The home, dubbed the Amagansett Modular House, is modeled after MB Architecture’s insta_house — a scalable, prefab structure made of four 40-foot-long shipping containers that can be stacked together and installed in just one day.

To meet the clients’ requirements for a four-bedroom, three-bath retreat, the architects expanded upon the insta_house blueprint with an additional 40-foot container on the north side—connected to the main double-height volume via a glassed-in walkway—as well as a 10-foot container that hangs off the second floor.

These modifications also respond to the sloping site, which informed the placement and orientation of the west-facing building. The external corrugated metal walls were painted black to help the building recede into the landscape, while multiple floor-to-ceiling windows and glazed doors create seamless connections between the interiors and the outdoors.

"We wanted to create a comfortable, playful, and fun interior for both kids and parents," explains Behrooz of the open layout and dramatic, geometric facade. "And to illustrate how a small house may feel very spacious."

The containers were prefabricated off site before being trucked to the site and installed in two days. The kitchen cabinets, bathroom tiles and fixtures, glassed-in walkway, landscape elements, and pool were added in the weeks after installation.

The speed and efficiency of construction also helped reduce costs, which, excluding the landscape elements and pool, were "in the low to mid $300s per square foot," says Behrooz. "While this is a very high number in, say, upstate New York, it’s significantly lower than average for its location on the east end of Long Island, where construction can cost $500 to $800 per square foot. Our cost of construction is region dependent."

Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the project was how infrequently Behrooz met face-to-face with the clients. The busy couple chose to meet the architects a handful of times, and only twice on site—once when they first purchased the land, and the second time when the house was nearly complete. This arrangement that was somewhat unusual for the practice, which is accustomed to recurrent client meetings.

"So, we were a little worried about how they would feel when coming, with their children, to see the finished house for the first time," says Behrooz. "Their reaction was super joyous, and each kid just ran into a room and found their space. Later that day, we received an email from them saying that the house ‘felt like a temple.’"

#FL1 - Two 40 ft Shipping Containers House Connected with Small Bridge, Portugal

About M°LAB
About Handwerk Algarve

Project: #FL1
Design and manufacture: M°LAB, Handwerk Algarve
Containers: 2 x 40 ft HC
Area: 48 m²
Location: Barão de São Miguel, Algarve, Portugal
Year: 2018

Sustainability, design and quality. With #FL1 shipping container house, M°LAB created an entire lifestyle conception based on two 40 ft HC shipping containers as living space. High quality and space saving interior design can compensate the contrast of small spaces. M°LAB built their first model of #FL1 shipping container house and implemented plenty of design ideas and building approaches to get an extraordinary functional and beautiful living space.

  • Fully equipped design interior
  • 48 m² of living space (2 containers)
  • Custom-fit, built-in furniture
  • Solid wood insulation
  • Individual interior options
  • Triple glazing and highly thermally-insulating panorama windows
  • Off grid version available
  • Hot water, electricity and gas supply inside

Casa Conteiner RD - 350 sqm Shipping Container Home, Brazil

Floor plans
About KS arquitetos

Project: Casa Conteiner RD
Architects: KS arquitetos
Location: Porto Alegre, Brazil
Area: 350 sqm (3767 qsft)
Year: 2018
Photographs: Marcelo Donadussi
Manufacturers: Deca, Docol, Eliane, Beaulieu
Structural project: Manuel Barreras
Collaboration: Helmut Radke, Fabiano Sturmer
Precast structures: ASPM
Metal structures: Radke Industrial Solutions
Finishes: Elevato
Furniture: Radke Industrial Solutions

Casa Conteiner RD is born from the intimacy of its owner with metallic structures: metallurgist by profession, dreamed of acting in the construction of his own house, together with his team, putting into practice industrial solutions in a context of conventional works. The idea of ​​reusing and reframing shipping containers, which are ready-made and highly resistant structures, went straight to the will of the architectural firm to develop an unusual project.

Another major factor that guided the choice of materials was the optimization of the work, both in time and ease of assembly processes, differing greatly from traditional masonry and reinforced concrete. In principle, the use of shipping containers in constructions happens in very rational propositions, side by side or stacked, due to the ease of handling these modules.

Starting from the great structural potential that each container has, the formal concept of Casa Conteiner RD emerged: stacked but rotated structures, promoting great balances and unusual moments. The inspiration came during a survey when designers saw an iconic image of a large ship, full of containers, all piled up in disarray.

The house is located in a hill of Porto Alegre, one of the highest points in the city. The landscape unfolds through the large windows towards a preservation area next to the lot, in the swinging and rotating volume of the master suite overlooks the Guaíba River and its unforgettable sunset. Various locations of containers in different directions  provides different landscape views. In addition to the orientation and location aspects, the lot has more design issues than commonly found in urban lots.

Its shape has allowed all these rotating movements to happen so that the house's implantation does not come so close to the lot borders. The house is comfortably set apart, maintaining family intimacy despite so many exterior openings that provide cross ventilation.

The land also has a steep slope, configuring a half-ground floor, where is the garage / workshop located. This volume, due to the contact with the ground, was made in precast concrete structure, keeping the standard and industrial logic of the construction. In the facades, it was decided to take advantage of the aesthetics of the shipping container itself, keeping the metallic structure apparent. Even the main entrance door of the residence is made with two original doors of shipping containers.

Internally, to ensure thermo-acoustic quality, the walls and ceilings were covered with plasterboard, while flooring, after leveling with OSB plates and smoothing layer, received vinyl flooring. Some inner walls reveal the raw structure, keeping and remembering that the unusual house is a large tower of overlapping shipping containers.

LightHotel - 120 sq ft Shipping Container Tiny Home

About Alchemy
About University of MN School of Architecture Students Site technology: WEDGETechnologies

Project LightHotel
Design Alchemy
Build University of MN School of Architecture Students Site technology: WEDGETechnologies
Containers 1 x 20 ft
Area 120 sq ft
Year 2016

The LightHotel, a one room mobile hotel, stands as a beacon for ecotourism and sustainable living in the Twin Cities. It moves as the flow of the city requires, occupying places both celebrated and ignored. The city itself is its lobby.

The interior is efficient and luxe, making the most of limited space within the salvaged 8′ x 20′ shipping container. Just like most hotel rooms, there’s no kitchen, so overnight guests order “room service” from nearby hot spots. Built for the year-round Minnesota climate, it features a spray foam shell, triple-glazed windows and doors, solar powered HVAC, LED lighting and hydronic in-floor heat. The water system is self-contained, with a 250-gallon water tank that supplies an on-demand water heater and a bio-filter producing re-usable grey water. A high-end, roomy shower and separate toilet keep a body happy.

Mechanical detritus and applied typographic overlays entertain and provide functional insight. To be realized: an online public digital dashboard to map guest experiences and the LightHotel’s itinerary, educating guests on conservation and sustainability.

Led by Alchemy and weeHouse® founder Geoffrey Warner, AIA, the LightHotel is part of an ongoing effort to celebrate and create new paradigms for efficient living.

What is needed to use it immediately

Area + access. A solid, approximately level, ideally paved surface that allows for the LightHotel’s 8’ x 24’ footprint, and access to that spot by truck. Height is approximately 13’.

Water. Access to a water source (outdoor spigot) is helpful but may not be needed on a daily basis. The LightHotel accesses the water source with a garden hose. Its 250 gallon tank will last approximately 10-14 days with two guests.

Electrical. The LightHotel is intended to be fully off grid, but until it gets battery packs, it will need to be plugged in. A 100’ extension cord is provided.
240V outlet or site-wiring allows the solar array (3-240W panels) to power the condenser for the mini-split AC/heat.
A 120V power source will allow full use for everything but the condenser.

Gas: two 80# propane tanks are supplied to run the boiler.

6 Décor Tips to Turn Your Shipping Container Tiny House into a Home

Shipping container tiny homes have taken the real estate industry by storm. Homeowners across the world are selling their two or three bedroom homes in favor of cottages with less than 500 square feet. Some say they want to downsize while others say their decision is based off of environmental reasons. If you have recently purchased a tiny home, you might find yourself struggling to decorate with such a small area without lots of decor. Here’s our six tips on turning your tiny house into a home.

Sheltainer - Modular Shipping Container Housing Project, Cairo, Egypt

Massing Build Up

Mouaz Abouzaid, Bassel Omara and Ahmed Hammad, architects based in the United Arab Emirates, designed a modular housing project made of shipping containers for Cairo, Egypt. Nicknamed "Sheltainer", the project aims to help meet the demand for low-income housing for students and refugees. The proposal structures the daily life of its residents around single family units capable of meeting all the needs of a small family.

Sheltainer seeks to serve refugees, exiles, students, and low-income families through standard 6-meter containers, associated with smaller, 3-meter, and larger, 12-meter units employed in the structures. Individual residential units are combined into a cluster, forming a small set of 8 houses around a courtyard. The units can be adapted to different environments. The team initially highlighted two countries that could receive the project: Syria, where more than half of the population was displaced, and South Sudan, where the refugee population increased from 854,100 to over 1.4 million during the second half. 2016. The team rethought the project for Egypt, looking for a way to help solve that country's housing problem.

“Home is not a place, it is a feeling. People are connected to their homeland. Growing up in an environment with family and friends fuels people's souls with a promising future. But being forced to leave home due to hunger, the economy or even politics creates insecurity. Twenty people are displaced by the minute, and providing a stable community that can handle these problems and rapid change becomes an imminent challenge", the architects say.

Shipping Container Low-Cost Single-Family Home, Peru

Floor plans
About TRS Studio

Design TRS Studio
Photos Niall Patrick Walsh

TRS Studio developed a project for low-cost housing in Peru's Callao region. The shipping container single-family home is based on a 40 ft containers and is constructed of sturdy materials that involve low cost and low environmental impact. The project depends on community participation and aims to improve the quality of health and housing in the Pesquero II settlement through sustainable materials and techniques.

The project began with a study of the types of houses in the area, concluding that the basic structure should not be too invasive and that the materials should be easy to maintain and inexpensive. The result was the adaptation of a series of ISO 40 ft containers with a total area of ​​60 square meters using locally recycled wood.

The shipping container home is designed as two volumes, one above the other. The upper volume contains a social area and kitchen, while the other houses the private space. Interiors have natural light through openings in the ceiling.

The project was designed for a family of four and can be transformed into new spaces according to the family's needs.

The choice of materials was based on the specifics to the project. OSB recycled wood boards are made from wood shavings, an environmentally friendly, economical, versatile and durable material. This type of panel is resistant to deformation and offers excellent acoustic and thermal insulation. Recycled polycarbonate plates have also been incorporated into the design, and have a 20 year life span. The material has a high resistance to various weather conditions and temperature variations, while its transparency makes it applicable to facades, skylights and roofs.

Shipping Container Homes, Buildings and Structures by LOT-EK

About LOT-EK

Beautiful 3000 sqft 5 Bedrooms Shipping Containers Home, Denver, Colorado

About BlueSky Studio

Architecture Joe Simmons, BlueSky Studio
Owner and general contractor Regan Foster
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms 3.5
Area 3000 sq ft
Containers 9
Location Denver, Colorado

Making a house out of shipping containers sounds easy enough: Just snap up a few neglected boxes from a local junk dealer, rack ’em and stack ’em, and create a bit of old-school prefab magic.

But recycling the detritus of global shipping has its complications. Like how to turn corrugated steel boxes that measure an awkward eight feet wide and 40 feet long into something cozy enough to call home. Or how to keep their metal floors from vibrating when you walk on them, or prevent the chemicals they are treated with from being released into the air. Or, perhaps most important, how to assemble it all so it doesn’t look like you live in the storage yard of the local port authority.

Luckily, Regan Foster likes a challenge. He’s an extreme DIYer and, until recently, a firefighter, the kind of guy who is used to working 24-hour shifts and given to starting his day with a plunge into an outdoor ice bath. The house he designed and built with his wife, Libby, located just outside the Denver city line in Adams County, harnesses nine shipping containers into a 3,000-square-foot structure that’s meant to be shared with friends and neighbors. "We believe community and family are a strong part of living a life well-spent," Regan says.

In all, the house has five bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, and an in-law suite with a separate entrance where Libby’s mother lives. Four of the containers are placed on the ground—side-by-side in pairs set 24 feet apart—to form the first floor. Another four are stacked above them, some shifted forward, to create a cantilevered second story. The ninth container sits perpendicular at the back of the second level to form a U-shape. The house is enclosed in front with a conventionally framed wall and on top with a flat roof supported by exposed joists.

In the voluminous great room, the ceiling rises to 25 feet. The space feels even larger thanks to a sliding glass wall that connects it to the back patio, which Regan outfitted with a grill, a prep countertop, and benches he built using chunks of concrete slab saved from the demolition of a small house that formerly stood on the lot.

Regan acted as general contractor and consulted with architect Joe Simmons of BlueSky Studio on the design. "When we first met, he gave me a diagram," says Simmons. "He pretty much had it all figured out." In fact, after the project ended and Regan earned his GC license, he retired from the fire department to pursue opportunities in real estate and construction. (The family also rents the house on Airbnb from time to time.)

Together, the pair solved structural questions. Although shipping containers stack easily and some can handle loads of more than of 50,000 pounds, Regan and Simmons had to reinforce theirs in places where they cut out windows and doors. They also reduced vibrations along the length of the containers by welding additional steel plates to the C-channel base structure to make them more rigid.

Regan, whose resumé includes furniture maker, did much of the interior himself. He laid the floors in hallways using various materials, including recycled barn wood and boards he fashioned from a catalpa tree a friend cut down. He turned a walnut slab into a sliding door and built a set of stairs from parallel strand lumber that leads to a cantilevered walkway that runs the length of the second floor.

To avoid any eventual off-gassing from the treated wood floors that came with the containers, Regan replaced them with stained, sealed plywood finish flooring and installed a heating system beneath.

But he was careful not to ruin the industrial charm of the containers. The inside faces of the exterior walls are layered with insulation and drywall, but many of the interior walls and ceilings remain exposed, with the painted, corrugated metal showing the inevitable minor dents accrued during the boxes’ previous lives.

The house and yard are regularly the site of social gatherings, and the Fosters recently hosted an event for CrossPurpose, a nonprofit that supports career training for those in need.

"Every day a voice in my head says, ‘You have one life to live, how are you going to live it?’" Regan explains. "So this house is just another stepping stone in a life full of curiosity and adventure."

Description from Airbnb

Our custom shipping container home is 3000 sqft. It's full of light & it has a large, custom kitchen. It has a unique atmosphere, comfort & privacy while sleeping many people. It has 25 ft ceilings in the great room, it feels grand and cozy! The location really is centrally located, there's so many things to do! We are near many shops, restaurants & parks, downtown and the mountains! We're a quick drive to the airport!

Good for couples, business travelers, families (with kids), & big groups.

The space

Our space is 3000 sqft of custom built goodness!! We have 3 bedrooms upstairs and 2 bedrooms downstairs. There are 2 full bathrooms upstairs and 1.5 baths downstairs. Our kitchen is amazing and so fun to cook in! There are 2 living areas, one with access to the screen projector and Netflix! There is a large front porch and back patio! There is also a private balcony off of the master bedroom!
There is a separate, ATTACHED apartment, that is OCCUPIED (which is why we do not allow parties!). We also require quiet hours from 10p-7a. This does not mean silent hours, just quiet. And we are strict on this.

Guest access

There is a separate, ATTACHED apartment, that is OCCUPIED (which is why we do not allow parties!). It has a separate entrance and access from within the main house. The door does remain locked, if this space is unrented. The garage off of the house is also prohibited. Otherwise, the house is yours! You'll enjoy the space!

Other things to note

While we have a great screen projector that can be used to watch DVD's and Netflix, we do not have a TV or cable. We have an Apple TV too.

White Minimalist Shipping Container Home

About Marilia Pellegrini

Architecture: Marilia Pellegrini
Project: Cosentino Container House (Casa Contêiner Cosentino)
Area: 60 m²
Containers: 2x40 ft
Photos: Alexandre Disaro

Marilia Pellegrini's project was featured at CASACOR SP 2019 and competes in the Architecture Single Residence category of the International Property Awards

Marília Pellegrini's project for CASACOR São Paulo 2019 was the Brazilian project chosen to participate in the International Property Awards, in the Architecture Single Residence category.

The Cosentino Container House, one of the highlights of the show, underscores the truth of the excellent materials and finishes, without excesses, bringing a cozy home from a minimalist point of view. Two containers were docked to form the 60 m² house. It is complete with integrated living, kitchen and laundry facilities as well as a comfortable bedroom with bathroom. The unusual choice of structure had the premise of sustainability: it promotes a clean, fast, dry construction with 100% reuse. In addition, it brings mobility as it can be transported without major difficulties.

Brise soleil around the box control the brightness without interrupting the view of the landscape. The patio complements the living area, adding 40 m², bringing architecture and nature closer.

Bedroom, living room and bathroom are organically interconnected with the corridor. The continuous illuminated strip helps to connect the spaces. Built into the liner, it does not compromise the clean look. At the same time, the natural textures of light wood and fabrics leave the cozy resting environment. Delicacy that surprises when you are in a container.

EBA51 - Shipping Container Student Village, Berlin, Germany

3d Rendered Images
About Holzer Kobler Architekturen

Architecture:Holzer Kobler Architekturen
Project:Frankie & Johnny
Client:Presto 46. Vermogensverwaltung GmbH
Landscaping:Nipkow Landschaftsarchitektur AG, Zurich
Location:Berlin, Germany
Project start:January 2013
Completion:Autumn 2015
Photography:Jan Bitter

The name "Frankie & Johnny" symbolizes inhabitants of an extraordinary shipping container student village in Berlin: composed of 400 shipping containers, the project by Holzer Kobler Architekturen presents a new interpretation of student coexistence with individual living spaces and common living areas.

The name "Frankie & Johnny" is not only the name of the project, but is equally representative of two building blocks in the center of the overall system. Between these two parts of the building there is a multi-facetted lounge, which forms the "heart of the ensemble" and acts as a communicative meeting place. Seats, green arcaded galleries, connecting staircases and bridges invite you to linger in the communal area.

On the ground floor of the middle building a public cafe serves as a central meeting place for the shipping container student village. Event rooms for parties and concerts as well as studios and workshops are also planned in the program of the project. Between the parts of the building there are shared open spaces with different offers such as sports areas and various green areas with meadows and flowers.

The student village consists of 400 shipping containers with respective dimensions of 12.19 x 2.44 meters. The containers are initially equipped with bathroom and kitchen and then prefabricated as a modular system. Buildings consist mostly of single units, which can also be interconnected to shared apartments for two or three people. The individual modules are summarized on parallel, elongated lines. Individual container groups can be easily moved or rotated by 90 degrees, which gives the overall system a varied appearance.

That the term "container village" should not be equated with expressionless monotony and sober uniformity is shown by Holzer Kobler Architekten on the basis of its extraordinary project. By fine color nuances of the shipping container shell and an uneven facade design, the container system by no means monotonous, but rather reveals a picture of variation and diversity. Connecting staircases and open galleries provide attractive living areas and meeting places.

Description by architects

More than 420 container modules are stacked onto each other into three long volumes to make up the student dormitory Frankie & Johnny in Berlin Treptow. The CORE-TEN steel shipping containers, which are shifted slightly towards the outside and inside, produce a characteristic architecture and create at the same time a space for a lively and vibrant new form of cooperative living.

The High Cube Containers 40', measuring 2,40 m x 12,19 m x 2,90 m (LWH) each, are prefabricated as a modular systems. The units can be connected into primarily single, but also double and double mini units.

The open air spaces, i.e. the access galleries between the buildings, form the heart of the ensemble. The communicative in-between zone is a place of meeting and exchange that serves as a common balcony at the same time. The compact central building divides the site into two open spaces of different character. Not only are there activity and sports areas, but also a green oasis of spacious lawn and trees. The name Frankie & Johnny stands for the residents – students from all parts of the globe – who live together in this one-of-a-kind location in Berlin.

The project was awarded the German Steel Construction Prize 2018 and the Architecture MasterPrize (AMP) 2018.

Beautiful Two Storey Shipping Container Home, Peru

The house consists of three shipping containers, very functional and self-supporting structures.

About SF Architects

Architecture:Sachie Fujimori, SF Architects
Project:Casa Reciclada (Recycled House)
Containers:2x20 ft and 1x40 ft
Area:60 sqm (645 sqft) internal area and 53 sqm (570 sqft) terrace area

One of the most innovative proposals of the Casa Cor 2014 in Peru was the "Recycled House" by SF Architects, led by Sachie Fujimori and her team consisting of Anna Duelo, Ursula Ludowieg O'Phelan and Marc Koening, This is a purely ecological initiative based on shipping containers and recycled materials that privileges comfort, space savings and the self-generation of energy and resources.

The structure of the "Casa Reciclada" consists of three shipping containers. Two of them are 20 feet on the first floor, and one is 40 feet on the second floor. Fujimori explains that the design is created for a young couple for a countryside living.

The use of shipping containers for housing is an alternative that several countries have adopted to build homes, apartments or houses for students. In Peru shipping containers are usually use for mining camps, hospitals and offices.

"What's new in this case is that a shipping container, being a modular system component, becomes a fundamental part of design and can adapt without any problem to customer needs and tastes", Fujimori explains.

Among the advantages of this material, there are highlights in its self-supporting condition. Shipping containers are marine systems whose function is to transport cargo, and they have ability to engage in groups of nine, one over another. It shows that shipping containers are very structurally resistant, and they are also prepared to resist extreme temperatures. "These characteristics convert containers in very adaptable systems. Thus, it is possible to use it for different projects, such as construction of homes once they have been discharged", explains the architect.

In the same way, and if you plan to ever increase the number of rooms at home, you can increase the number of containers. "Make an architecture with shipping conteiners is an evolutionary work, which may vary over time", she says.

As part of the proposal, there are interior elements made from recycled materials. Inside of the house, it was decided to leave the floor of original container wood and terrace is made from recycled rubber tiles.

During the tour through the house, you appreciate multiple objects that have been transformed to give life to another product. For example, a modified topographic survey tripod was used to create a lamp; while at the entrance a small table was formed with a small bench and an old briefcase. In the second level, a Singer sewing machine serves as a base for washing basin while a tennis racket was turned into a mirror.

The shipping container house also has a small garden. The architect Fujimori states that this space was designed in compliance to own generation of energy and resources, as it allows cultivating food to have them fresh and at hand. Green wall works like natural thermal and acoustic insulator, which provides better comfort inside.

The same energy concept is applied in the placement of 10 solar panels on the roof. Ten solar panels reduces the electrical consumption of the house by more than 25% in the local climate, and also allows to illuminate the terrace and the garden, outside the house.

The "Recycled House" includes 60 sqm internal area and 53 sqm terrace area.

Social space was considered as terrace with floor from recycled rubber tiles; as well as an orchard and gardens on both the first and second levels.

The shipping container house includes an entrance hall, living room, kitchen-dining room and guest bathroom on the first floor, while in the second floor there are the couple's desk area, bedroom and master bathroom.

Fujimori also highlights the use of glass materials, oriented to "open" the container towards the outside nature, considering that the house was designed for a countryside area. At the same time this also allows the visual space be wider.

"For these types of projects, what ideal in ecological terms is to use double leaf windows. This type of windows are in the bedroom and what they do is that the
indoor environment always have an optimal temperature; and at the same time, is acoustically resistant to noise exterior", she says.

The idea behind this project is to generate reflexion regarding the use of recycled materials and all possibilities that exist around them as well as the use of alternative solutions in terms of materials and clean energy.

In addition, the importance of knowing how to value living space: "We do not need to have zones so spacious or huge houses for comfortable living", Fujimori concludes.

20 ft Small and Cozy Shipping Container House, NSW, Australia

Containers: 1x20 ft
Location: Byron Bay, NSW, Australia

This beautiful 20 ft small and cozy shipping container house located midway between Byron Bay and Suffolk Park in New South Wales, Australia.

Treed crown reserve on both the north and eastern sides enhances the appeal and privacy, as does the beautiful established trees and tropical gardens that are well positioned along the boundaries giving you your own private forest shipping container home to an abundance of local birds.

Decription from Airbnb

The Bungalow is a glamping accommodation nestled amongst a tropical rainforest. 15 minutes stroll to a beautiful lake and the beach. An amazing whisky bar and Cafe at the end of the street which is also one of the best Restaurants in Byron. You’ll love the bungalow because of the comfy bed, the cosiness, waking up to the sounds and views of the the beautiful trees and laying in the bathtub under the canopy of the forest at night with some wine. Perfect for couples and solo adventurers.

Our 20ft container has been transformed into this unique accomodation. Having worked on and decorated it myself it really feels like home. The space faces a nature strip so it really feels like you could be further away from the hustle and bustle but you're conveniently close to the town of beautiful Byron Bay.

Shipping Container Cabins by Tomecek Studio, Colorado

Description from architects

Our practice, while fundamentally concerned with issues of space, light, and texture, is underpinned by an exploration of “how to build.” Construction technology is hundreds of years old, and while other industries have rapidly adopted new fabrication technologies, the fields of architecture and construction have been averse to exploring similar possibilities. In our own small rebellion, we have explored modular prefabrication through shipping containers and wood-frame boxes, panelized prefabrication with Structural Insulated Panels and German Eco-panels, and are currently reviewing opportunities to utilize cross laminated timber panels in multi-story construction. Our explorations have materialized into actual built works rather than mere theoretical musings, and with the variety of lessons learned, we continue to research the opportunities inherent in new construction technology.

Part of our research at Tomecek Studio is to better understand and question how we construct projects. We believe that prefabrication can be a great choice for the right project. The degree of prefabrication and the manufacturing facility that we choose varies greatly with both client and project goals. At Tomecek Studio, we are always looking for ways to utilize the newest construction techniques. Ultimately, to be effective, the options with these new techniques must parallel project goals. While quality space that fits our clients needs is our ultimate desire, architectural design, fabrication and client intentions dictate how the project begins to materialize. Our experience has found that when prefabrication, as a project delivery method, aligns with these goals, we can create a project tailor fit for our clients that may indeed save both time and money.

In our climate, insulation is a major issue and the modification of containers requires much more involvement from the steel trades. These projects tend to be smaller, which often results in higher cost in dollars per square foot. Misinformation exists about the ease of container construction. In reality, the container acts as only a single component of the project, and depending on the modification, you are still building with a traditional timeline given the sub-trades that need to run through the project. It should be noted that TSA is custom architectural practice with unique clients and sites. Cost savings may be found with a pre-designed container product or model. Other factors to consider are methods of insulation and steel fabrication costs which tend to drive costs higher.

2x40 ft and 2x20 ft Shipping Container Home by Project Container, Uruguay

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About Project Container

Design: Paola Rossi - Project Container
Containers: 2x40 ft and 2x20 ft
Location: Jose Ignacio, Maldonado, Uruguay

Simple but Sophisticated and Aesthetic Shipping Container House above Lake, Vietnam

Project: Pond Villa - Nhà Ao
Location: Lam Truong, Minh Phu, Soc Son, Hanoi, Vietnam

Hiding in the beautiful pine forest on the outskirts of Hanoi in Lam Truong, Minh Phu, Soc Son, Pond Villa is designed using shipping containers with creative and unique style.

Pond Villa promises to be a great place to leave daily worries, hide away from the noisy dust and give yourself a complete, meaningful vacation.

Villa is featured by its industrial shipping container architecture, simple but sophisticated and aesthetic, interestingly different from familiar urban houses. From a distance, Villa is like a ship flying on a smooth and gentle lake surface. In particular, the large transparent glass spaces help Villa's space to be maximized to nature, mixed with sun, wind, water and a pure atmosphere.

Pond Villa includes:

Beautiful living room with lake view
Comfortable kitchen (with hot water, induction cooker, microwave, refrigerator, etc.)
Airy dining room and 2 large bedrooms with king size beds.
Area of ​​the second floor balcony is great for enjoing beautiful mountain views.

4 x 40' Shipping Container Office by Rodrigo Kirck Architecture, Brazil

Project: Container
Architects: Rodrigo Kirck Architecture
Containers: 4 x 40 ft HC
Location: R. Tubarão, 182 - Fazenda, Itajaí - SC, 88301-470, Brazil
Area: 135.0 m2
Year: 2016
Photos: Alexandre Zelinski 
Manufacturers: Hunter Douglas Brazil, Tramontina, Todeschini, Eternit, Portobello, Mosarte

Description by the project team

The Container Project, located in the port city of Itajaí (SC), aims to intervene on a conceptual model, interact with sustainability issues, propose an industrialized modular construction and at the same time make possible, through architecture and creativity, the approximation with the nature and art.

The project has two monolithic warehouse volumes, each using two overlapping containers, by a zenith opening system that "distances" the volumes and houses the vertical circulations. This system is designed to reduce the use of artificial lighting. On the shipping containers there are installed two large garden roofs that fulfill several functions: reduce the impact of solar radiation, capture rainwater for reuse and be a reservoir of rainwater, reducing the impact on the public collection system. They also propose to the neighbors as an "urban gentleness", bringing colors and visual comfort to the residents of the neighboring buildings.

Container is a laboratory. In this space full of meanings, were shared memories with a team of architects and add experiences with other creative professionals in design, photography and art through a coworking. The result of this is a true multiplication of inspirations translated into projects. Everything in Container has a raison d'être, from the logo that mentions the architect's indigenous origin, to the affective ties that it maintains with the city of Itajaí and its connection with the naval industry, represented by the container itself.

In the interior design, everything is very simple and at the same time of great refinement. Warmth, thermal comfort, visual and integration are priorities that receive special treatment through the decoration. Luminaires with their own design, functional parts, recycled materials, colors in harmony and art, a lot of art printed in all environments. No paintings, paintings are eternalized on the walls and doors, each work integrates the scenario that leaves no doubts: Container is a creative office and from it come different projects, out of the common place, where being is more important than having.

$250,000 3 bedrooms 2 bathrooms Shipping Container Home, New Orleans, Louisiana

Containers: 4 x 40 ft HC
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Year: 2016

Description from Zillow

This Shipping Container Home is a single family home that was built in 2016. It contains 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. This home last sold for $250,000 in December 2018.

This solid steel home is constructed w/ recycled shipping containers. Very energy efficient, sustainable, & eco friendly. Wonderful open floor plan, wood floors & led lighting through out, soft close cabinets, cortez tops, s.S. Apps, dbl insulated windows, 22 seer ac/heating, spray foam insulation, all low flow plumbing fixtures, tankless water heater, existing container doors can be closed for storms or privacy. Front & rear porch.