Shipping Container Homes, Buildings and Structures by LOT-EK

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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

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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.

Two-Story 4x40ft and 1x20ft Shipping Container Home, Santa Barbara, California

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About AB Design
About Barber Builders

Architecture: AB Design
Builder: Barber Builders
Area: 2,435 SF
Containers: 4x40ft, 20ft
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Year: 2017

Description from architects:

How did the architects create a luxury, single-family container-based residence in Santa Barbara County that infused the owners’ distinct personalities?

Schulte Lane captures the essence of AB design studio’s ethos of “inspiration through collaboration.” From concept to completion, the studio strategically maintained a collaborative relationship with key stakeholders at every level to realize this high-end, container-based dwelling in Santa Barbara County—the first of its kind to be permitted in the area.

Entrusting AB design studio with their vision, the owners—an environmental attorney and a fashion stylist—wanted a sustainable and elegant contemporary home that complemented their personalities and occupational passions. The result is a two-story residence, seamlessly integrating five reclaimed shipping containers, nestled into the lush Santa Barbara hillside. The upper level consists of four 40-foot containers that form the master suite and bedroom spaces, separated by a dramatic central stairwell and corridor with skylight. On an open first floor plan, the architects combined living spaces and kitchen to create a center of activity and area for entertaining. The space’s main focal point is an exposed 20-foot shipping container that was transformed into a pantry and scullery.

AB design studio worked closely with Barber Builders to ensure a timely construction process, and with Greens Landscape, Inc. to create a drought-tolerant landscape. The architects incorporated green strategies, such as photovoltaic and bio-retention systems, along with high life-cycle materials, including concrete and structural steel. Together with McFadden Design Group, the studio balanced the rawness evoked by eco-conscious elements against highly refined interior spaces featuring weathered oak-stained wood, minimalist finishes, and modern fixtures. Blurring the line between indoor/outdoor spaces is an expansive floor-to-ceiling, folding glass door system that opens up to showcase unobstructed views of an 85-foot swimming pool and sweeping canyon vista.

Meadow on Deventer City Beach Shipping Container Restaurant, Netherlands

Each year, owners plan to place this shipping container restaurant in March and replace it in November due to high water in the IJssel river in winter.

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About Architecten Lab

Architect: Architecten Lab
Construction: Esteq Twello
Idea and owner: Koos Janssen
Containers: 4 x 40 ft High Cube and one 20 ft High Cube
Year: 2019
Location: Deventer, Netherlands

Description from owners

We are Koos Janssen and Evelien Janssen-Musch and over the past three years we have been intensively involved in obtaining the necessary permits to realize a city beach with restaurants on the west side of the IJssel near Deventer. Now that the most important permits have been issued, the crowdfunding and construction have been successfully completed, we are ready for the next step: operating our first private catering company at an absolute a-location with an amazing view of the Deventer skyline

From 2019, Meadow is installed annually between April and October and operated on the future city beach of Deventer. At Meadow, residents, visitors and businesses of Deventer can enjoy coffee, drinks and our summer dishes. In the spring and autumn (April, May, September and October) Meadow is open at least 5 days a week from at least 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. In the peak months (June, July and August) we are open six or seven days a week with opening times varying between 9 a.m. and about 10 p.m. depending on weather conditions. Depending on the time and size of the group, it is possible to rent Meadow in some situations.

We stand for quality, responsibility and sustainability with respect for people, animals and nature. The temporary catering pavilion is made up of modified sea containers and used building materials and is, where possible, self-sufficient. Collaborations and connections are sought with local entrepreneurs and initiatives and urban products are sold.

Inside there is seating for 48 guests and at least 60 seats on the two deck terraces. Indoors include a catering kitchen, toilets, bar, cool and storage space. In addition, there will be a kiosk where passers-by and holiday-makers can visit the 4,000 m2 recreational area for, for example, tasty coffee, a surprising sandwich or an organic ice cream.

Together with Stichting Deventer Stadsstrand, we take care of the management and maintenance of the plot of the city beach and surrounding area, for example by keeping litter clean.

The interior of Meadow is an eclectic mix between botanical and vintage atmospheres. Used elements alternate with new and designer furniture and the staff consists mainly of skilled workers with sufficient experience. At the same time, new employees within the company are trained and prepared to work fully within the company.

During the season we focus mainly on residents who live within a radius of 2 kilometers and passers-by such as the many hikers and cyclists in the area. Recreational visitors of the public urban meadow are our largest target group on warm days. Several low-threshold activities are possible during the year and there is room for small-scale private parties, such as "getting married with your feet in the grass" or a business networking event. You can come and celebrate your birthday with us or give a product presentation. The possibilities are endless, provided the theme fits within the concept.

As residents of Deventer, we know the area like the back of our hand and with almost 40 years of experience in the hospitality industry, we know the pros and cons of the industry all too well. With our well-considered business plan, broad expertise and additional qualities, we are convinced of the success of MEADOW. Koos will mainly be responsible for operational management, organization and commercial activities and Evelien is operationally responsible on the work floor as a hostess, for example taking care of managing employees. Evelien therefore becomes the face of Meadow.

Seoul Youth Zone Shipping Container Building, South Korea

'Zero-gravity Zone Daebang-dong' is a shipping container building space for young people's activities consisting of 13 container volumes, contributing to environmental sustainability based on economic efficiency and variability. In addition, it is also a place for social sustainability that becomes more important through the manifestation of users' energy and potential in a new cultural space created by architectural ideas, the will of young people, and the support of local governments.

About Think Tree Architects Office

Design: Think Tree Architects Office / Lee Kang Soo + Kang Ju-Hyung
Location: 340-5, Daebang-dong, Dongjak-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Land area: 1,646 m2
Building area: 231.6 m2
Total area: 398.4 m2
Floor area ratio: 24.2%
Floors: 2 floors above ground
Structure: Lightweight steel structure
Design period: 2014.9 - 2014.12
Construction period: 2015.1 - 2015.5
Design team: Lee Tae Ho, Oh Jin Young, Lee Han Song, Hong Chang Il
Photo: Bae Seung Bin, Think Tree Architects Office

Shipping Container Seoul Youth Zone is a comprehensive space for young people. Modern young people are suffering from the worries for the modern life and the problems that our society needs to solve, including questions related to love, marriage, human relations. This project, called 'Seoul Youth Zone', is a place where young people are centered on small solutions in zero gravity and free from various constraints. This project provides a place for young people's activities and culture exchange. The weightless zone is a platform for young people space and content. It includes a program where individuals and groups interact and work together. Considering the long-term development plan, budget and schedule, 40ft shipping container is used as the main material of the structure. Shipping container in this project symbolizes originality and challenge. The building was arranged considering conditions of the triangular shape of the building lot and the walking movement of the residents and planned to form a dynamic space so that originality and enterprising can be revealed in appearance as youth space.

Shipping container modules with uniform specifications cover a central lounge space for comprehensive activities, providing one large space, and internal spaces of the surrounding shipping container volumes are composed of spaces for seminar rooms, sharing kitchens, restrooms and office spaces. This configuration acts as a spatial lattice that enriches the relationship between the outer - inner space (container) - inner space - inner space (container) - outer space through container volume. Based on this, the space of each program functions effectively by combining and opening container modules. Rooms needed for equipment were collected and bundled into one volume, and the office and seminar rooms were expanded by combining two modules. When you come in through the tilted volume, you will find atrium, seminar room and open kitchen on the ground floor, where you can find space for relaxation, for events, communication and education. The seminar room expands to the atrium when the folding glass door is opened.

The two inclined sloping containers are the space for stairs and exhibition. Here visitors can have freedom to rest, communicate and enjoy an exhibition everywhere in the staircase. It provides an area full of comfort. The first space created with shipping container is utilized as a mini lounge receiving natural light. There is start-up and creative activities area on the second floor, six office spaces line up side by side with an inner balcony type hall overlooking the lower atrium. An independent office space is located at the end of the corridor.

3 Story Shipping Container House with Inner Courtyard

About Thi Lima 3D

Design: Thi Lima 3D
Project: Mondo Cubico Hostel
Year: 2013

Software used in this 3D rendering:

3ds Max
Octane Render

Pink Villa - Two-Story Shipping Container House Built from Two Extra Wide Shipping Containers, Foshan, China

About Staxbond
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Design: Staxbond
Project: Pink Villa
Containers: one 40ft extra-wide 3.3m shipping container and one 20ft extra-wide 3.3m shipping container
Location:  Foshan, Guangdong province, China
Year: 2015

First Floor: living room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom
Second Floor : bedroom, bathroom

Shipping Container 4 Story Complex - Office, Cafe and Hotel in Seoul, South Korea

About Design Guild

Design: Design Guild
Prefab Construction: Staxbond
Project: Orange Cube
Containers: 14 x 40ft
Location: Seoul, South Korea
Year: 2017
Photos: Ryoo, In-Keun

This 4 story shipping container hotel in Seoul, which is called Orange Cube, consists of a basement, four floors above the ground and a penthouse. Unlike container houses, which are recently built in the Seoul suburbs, this shipping container house is used as a complex space with residential space, business office and commercial space.

The first floor is utilized as a cafe. Unlike the orange-colored exterior, the interior and window frames were painted in white to give a clean, modern feel. In addition, the folding door was installed to give a cool feeling of openness.

The interior of the cafe is simple in white color, including white color rail lighting, making it look more spacious and bright. It is notable that the table and the shelf were designed with a wooden material to give a soft and warm feeling, and designed to boldly open the wall to expand the space.

In the basement there is an office space for rent. In order to use the basement as a business office, the height of the floor was raised. Since it is an underground space, waterproofing work and interior insulation work were carried out.

The windows in the four-story interior are designed to be spacious, creating a bright and full of light space. Terrace on the top floor allows enjoy a relaxed life unique to a house in this area. And it has a soft and gentle atmosphere by attaching cream colored curtains that harmonize with the interior design of natural wood tone and white kitchen.

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Meet Daewon, a young architect who has won several awards domestically and abroad. If you think an architect would be the best person to design a guesthouse, you would be absolutely right. But it is only after having designed a few guesthouses in Seoul that Daewon decided to create his own. In spite of the constraints he had at the time, he clearly managed to build a truly one-of-a-kind place to stay.

The name of the place is Orange Cube. A very appropriately chosen name indeed, since, as the photos make pretty clear, the building is a big orange stack of 14 shipping containers. It is, in fact, the tallest container building in the country. The color and the material alone make Daewon’s place stand out from all other structures in the area. Those aren’t the only things you will find are unique to Orange Cube, however.

Daewon runs a design company, Design Guild. They design more than just buildings. In fact, he and his team designed an impressive share of the decorations in the rooms and the ground floor cafe. You may find a rocking wooden chair in your room, pen and toothbrush holders, 3D printed light covers and much more. It is in that deeply creative environment that guests get immersed in when they arrive at the destination. You feel as if you are stepping inside Ali Baba’s cave. The ground floor cafe is full of objects and drawings Design Guild has created over the last four years.

The rooms themselves are very simply and practically decorated. The penthouse guests can enjoy views of Mt. Namsan and Mt. Maebongsan from their terrace. Orange Cube’s location is another reason to base your stay there. It is situated in a little niche between two hills, a quiet patch away from the virulent traffic of the city. Within walking distance, however, you’ll find all you need to restore your energy. One subway stop away is Itaewon, the geographical heart of the city; you can go anywhere very quickly from there. Travel to that very diverse and culturally rich area to find food from all over the globe or simply an international mood you will find nowhere else in Seoul.

If you want to experience Korea’s much-lauded modernity in unique, comfortable surroundings, Orange Cube is your pick.

Green Roof Deck Shipping Container Home, Costa Rica

Price: $78.000 (2019)
Location: Playa Negra, Costa Rica
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1

2 spacious bedrooms with closets, A/C, high quality ceiling fans, and large noise-proof windows.
The bathroom features a luxurious shower with massage turbines.

There is also a good sized indoor laundry area.
Sturdy granite counter tops, built in wine racks, and an easy to clean flat-top stove give the kitchen an elegant, modern feel.

The shipping container home features a rooftop terrace ideal for sitting outside, as it is covered by UV protected, polybicarbonate laminates, and has a great view of the garden. Plants surround the property, and one of the wonderful features of this green roof deck shipping container home is the modern, underground irrigation system which economically distributes water evenly to all green areas.

Just a few steps up the uniquely designed winding staircase and you’ll be on the green roof deck which has artificial grass below and a durable fabric above which allows for partial sunlight to come through. This space is great for outdoor meals, family or couple time, or just as the perfect spot to read a book with a cup of coffee.

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Prefab Modular Two 40' HC and Two 20' HC Shipping Containers Home, Spain

Sustainability, personalization and comfort are some of the key points of this project: a shipping container house, with Andalusian flair, of a young family.

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About Tercera Piel Arquitectura

Architect: Francisco Javier Carmona Ruiz, Tercera Piel Arquitectura
Area: 92.54 square meters on the ground floor + 2,753 square meters of land
Containers: 2x40' HC and 2x20' HC
Builder: Construcciones y Contratas Cabello S.L.
Who lives here: Marta, Alvaro and their son Carlos
Location: Cordoba, Spain

Located in a beautiful Cordoba, this two 40 ft HC and two 20 ft HC shipping containers home in Spain is a functional and sustainable home that can grow and evolve with the family and that, in the future, and if necessary, can move to another location.

Those were, among others, the reasons that led Marta and Alvaro to decide on a construction from recycled shipping containers. "Working with containers allows us, on the one hand, the work in the workshop and, on the other, to lower the costs derived from industrialization without this being at odds with a suggestive architectural design. In addition, we reuse parts that are no longer suitable for maritime transport, but which are a valuable element from the architectural and constructive point of view to give solution to certain situations," say architects from Tercera Piel Arquitectura.

Composed of four sea shipping containers - two containers 40 'HC and two 20' HC, the house is arranged on a floor that protrudes 5 cm from the natural terrain and on which the containers are directly supported.

"We have looked for a clear and simple volumetry. In addition to not hiding the containers we tried not to generate encounters that supposed an added cost in the execution ", explains Francisco Carmona.

The house consists of a living room connected to the kitchen and two bedrooms with their respective bathrooms, all arranged on the ground floor.

The living area has been designed to double height to give a greater sense of spaciousness both to this space and to the office arranged as a loft above the kitchen and that opens onto it.

This area of  the study, which is accessed by a light metal staircase, is also leading to the roof projected as a terrace and arranged over the bedrooms on the ground floor.

The double-height floor slab has not been totally disassembled, but the panel and part of the beams at the base of the container are eliminated to avoid the twisting that occurs during assembly and disassembly. In addition, these also offer a practical solution for the lighting in the room.

Also the excess sheets that were accumulated throughout the construction process find a practical use. Here they have served to create the distributor of access to housing. Arranged next to the kitchen, the contrast between the recovered old door from the demolition of an old church with the metal sheet of the containers that has been preserved as a separation in this area draws attention in this space. The rest of interior finishes has been made in plasterboard panels.

The kitchen, a clear and functional space, opens into the adjoining room through a large window. The window can be opened or closed by an ingenious system of pulleys. In this way, despite maintaining eye contact at all times, you can prevent the passage of smoke and odors to the rest of the house when necessary.

The wide bar that connects the kitchen with the living room, with an envelope flown towards both rooms, can also function as an improvised dining table when necessary, thanks to its great capacity and the fact that it has seats on both sides.

The wooden floors, the originals of the containers, treated to give them their current decorative finish, confer a note of warmth to the environments, of eclectic atmosphere thanks to the mixture of old pieces with others of contemporary design. Without forgetting elements of an industrial nature, such as stools in the kitchen or standing lights that are used as ambient lighting.

The numerous openings to the exterior contribute natural light to the house, designed according to sustainability criteria.

"In our different studies and proposals for containers, for the visible or hidden skin conditions  we used one constructive system or another. For the visible skin, as it is the case that concerns us, it is used (from outside to inside): exterior treatment from white ceramic paint that allows a cooler wall - an important condition in this case due to the high summer temperatures in the area, the container wall itself, air chamber, multi-reflector sheet for thermal insulation, mineral wool for acoustic insulation and a gypsum cardboard backing system", explains Francisco Carmona.

For the non-passable roof, acoustic and multi-reflective insulation plasterboard and, on the outside, a steel reinforcement mesh, expanded polystyrene, waterproofing sheet and gravel finish have been used. The walkable roof uses a similar base, with an easy maintenance ceramic tile finish.

The mixture of recovered elements - like the pallet that houses the doormat at the entrance of the house - with old and unique pieces, the result of the owners' passion for antiques, is a constant throughout this project.

The house is developed mainly on the ground floor, composed of the two largest containers, which houses the living room, kitchen and two bedrooms with bathrooms, all of them with direct access to the outside. On the upper level, a study has been located through which you can access the roof terrace, arranged over the sleeping area.

"This project has the added value of serving as a prototype and laboratory for testing systems, materials and constructive solutions," architects from Tercera Piel Arquitectura say, to add an interesting reflection: "working architecture as a process is one of the added values that for us in this project; return to those origins in which the difference between architecture and construction was not easy".