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






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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.

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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

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






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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.

Description by Seoul Selection

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.


Shipping Container Homes by Steele House and Bigprototype, New York








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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".


2 Bedrooms 40 ft Cozy Wood Interior Design Shipping Container Home, Dallas, Texas





Project: Blue Steel
Containers: one 40 ft shipping container
LocationDallas, Texas

This beautiful 2 bedrooms 40 ft cozy wood interior design shipping container home in Dallas, Texas, can accommodate 4 persons and includes 3 beds and 1 bath.





Description by owner from Airbnb.

The Container home is all yours to enjoy! The interior is elegantly designed with rustic varnished boards, modern kitchen appliances, and sleek white bath finishes. The cozy master bedroom features a queen bed with built in nightstand. Plenty of space for your luggage and a small closet area to keep your clothes wrinkle-free. A brilliantly designed second room doubles as a lofted bedroom and a living room, complete with TV. Enjoy the delightful Dallas outdoors in your own private seating area.

Low-Cost and Stylish Shipping Container Home, NSW, Australia

Working with a modest budget, architect Matt Elkan transforms four salvaged shipping containers into a stylish, low-maintenance getaway on the NSW south coast.






About architect
About builder

Project: South Coast Container House
Project Team : Matt Elkan, Daina Cunningham
Builder: Luke Price Total Building Solutions (Moruya)
Engineer: Bruce Delprado
Containers: one 40-foot and three 20-foot shipping containers
Area: 94 square metres (1,000 square feet) and 40 square metres (430 square feet) of deck
Photographs: Simon Whitbread

Low-Cost and Stylish Shipping Container Home, NSW, Australia.

Economy, simplicity and energy efficiency were the driving principles behind Simon and Elise Byrne’s family getaway, near the coast, two hours from their busy Canberra lives. “We had a very small budget, but we wanted to produce something noteworthy,” says Simon. “I don’t buy the idea that good architecture is only for the wealthy.” He found a good match with sustainable architect Matt Elkan, who was happy to “talk about how cheaply we can build something cool.”

Tailored for the gently sloping block with the street to the west, good north aspect and bushland views to the east, Matt’s design centres around one 40-foot and three 20-foot shipping containers. One of the small ones forms a separate guest pod; the other two host modest bedrooms and are arranged to form an L-shape with the long container, which houses a bathroom, bunkroom and kitchen. A sunken lounge nestles into the corner of the L, and is surrounded by an extensive covered deck providing extra living space to the north and east.





Shipping containers, their design optimised for protecting goods on the high seas rather than housing humans, have limitations for architecture. “It’s all about using them for areas where they work,” explains Matt. “The space available inside is okay for bathrooms and even bedrooms, but pretty pokey for living spaces.”

The layout of Simon and Elise’s house allows the containers to take care of the smaller spaces and service areas, and steps down to take advantage of the fall of the land to create generous ceiling heights for the living room and decks.

“If a shipping container is to be a good strategy for a building, it needs to really pull its weight. For this build, the containers minimised the need for structural walls and posts for three-quarters of the home, and allowed us to keep the roof structure pretty simple.” He explains that using the containers also reduced the build time and associated costs.

Other strategies for keeping costs down included a minimal footprint – the house and guest pod together are only 94 square metres, plus 40 more of decking – and a focus on structural efficiency and a restrained form. Material choices were inexpensive, like the structural ply used for floor, wall and ceiling linings, and there’s a certain roughness to the finishes; for example, screws were left exposed. Designing the house to follow the slope of the land allowed for a simple subfloor structure and no excavation, also a significant cost saving.

One area where money was spent, though, was on the double-glazed windows and doors. They were custom made from recycled timber by Architectural Hardwood Joinery, which declares a commitment to ‘carbon negative joinery’. The company chooses to fill nail holes and other imperfections in the timber with black epoxy to celebrate rather than discard damaged sections, resulting in considerably less waste. “I love the doors and windows,” says Simon. “They are just so beautifully crafted.”

Simon, Elise and their two young kids get down to the house every other weekend. “We wanted a place where we could escape from the busyness of everyday living, pare things back, unclutter and unplug,” says Simon. “With its small bedrooms, the house encourages interaction in the living spaces. And it’s quite amazing how you just don’t need as much space as you think. The house can accommodate 10 people comfortably in its very small floor area, and it’s full of clever little spaces that you can move around and enjoy. It’s surpassed my expectations – and I have fairly high expectations!”

Matt’s pleased with the finished result too. “It turned out one-third of the cost of the next cheapest house we’ve ever designed: I’m proud of that. That’s where my heart is at – I’d love to think that architecture has more relevance to more people by being less expensive. This project is part of a broader story for us, about how to do better things cheaper.”





Description from architect

This project was always about economy, efficiency and how to do as much as possible on a very limited budget. However, the scale belies the efficiency of program and generosity of the outcome. The client’s conviction from the outset was that good architecture does not need to be expensive, and this project attempts to prove the theory.

It is modest in budget (approx 1/3 of the cost of the any other new house undertaken by the office), and also in scale (94m2 + 40m2 decks). The house can sleep 10, and feed many more.

Structurally it is built around 4 containers, with a flat roof and insulated external cladding for thermal performance. The containers are exposed internally and house sleeping and service functions. The floor and decks step down with the site to create generous ceiling heights, views down the block and connection with the ground at all points.

Environmentally, this house attempts to do as much as possible to minimise its impact including : north orientation and zero excavation, zero VOC finishes, natural wool insulation in roof, 100% recycled HW doors and windows with Low E DGUs and 5000L on site water storage.


20 ft HC Shipping Container Home, Canada






Construction process

Owner and Builder: Mark Thevenot
Building Time: 3 weeks from start to finish
Cost: Materials and 20 ft HC container are around $20k CAD. 250 labour hours.
Insulation: 2 pound sprayfoam approx 2-1/2” thick
Area: 144 Square Foot
Year: 2019





Slow Food Shipping Container Restaurant - up to the Almabtrieb






The name says it all: "Till the Cows Come Home" is the name of the Slow Food shipping container restaurant housed in a cargo container ...

The place, which has its first season in Berlin Mitte in 2014, really offers space for hungry guests, especially in the summer months, when you can sit outside on the terrace - and that usually ends when the cows come home, So at the time of Almabtriebs. The cows themselves are also inspired by the name of the cows themselves, who spend a lot of time grazing - according to the enjoyable Slow Food concept, which only provides vegetarian dishes.

In a classic cargo container, designed by Natalie Viaux and equipped with Norwegian birch furniture with copper accents, the alpine pasture theme is also emphasized with corresponding images. The restaurant is currently on winter break - but soon the cows will dare to go back to the pastures!


Reused Shipping Containers in Wooden Shell - A Winery Becomes an Attraction, Tasmania, Australia

For the Brown Brothers winery in Tasmania, Devil's Corner, Cumulus Studio designed an outstanding ensemble in the truest sense of the word. A cluster of buildings includes viewing platforms, a food stand and the door down to the wine cellar. As a building material ship containers were combined with wood.







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About Devil's Corner Winery

Location: Sherbourne Road, Apslawn, AUS-7190 Tasmania
Architects: Cumulus Studio
Year: 2015

For a long time only a collapsible building protected the door down into the wine cellar. Now, a new solution was sought. The spectacular shipping container building also serves as a tourist attraction and as a place for tasting the wines produced there. The entrance to the cellar, with rooms for tasting, a shop and tourist information, circumscribes the inner courtyard, which is used for changing events. Protected by a large awning, it also serves as a haven of tranquility and invites you to linger with seating.

Three interlocking shipping container structures, two lying and one tower, form the building. Selected, framed views make it possible to visually discover the landscape - the sky, the horizon and the bay at the foot of the vineyard. The tower culminates in an open observation deck. Visitors can thus get to know the wine through culinary and visual references.





A total of ten shipping containers were reused for the buildings - five of them for the lookout and another five for the rooms around the courtyard. The rest of the supporting structure was also realized in steel. The choice of materials offered above all the advantage of industrial prefabrication. Thanks to their module size, the containers are easy to transport and, thanks to their stability, can also be used flexibly. Often, the architects only used parts of a container or put two slices together like the lookout tower. Adapted to the new usage, they were quickly assembled on site. In addition, a prefabricated staircase made of steel plates winds up in the lookout tower, breaking through the wooden shell of the building. This results in viewing axes in varying directions and the supporting material is visible to the outside. In the wooden paneling, the reference to a traditional farm suggests itself, which is also demonstrated in the loose arrangement in which the buildings are located to each other. As with a rural settlement, although the individual parts resemble each other in their aesthetics, they could each equally exist for themselves. The architecture of the Devil's Corner winery plays with the contrast of natural materials and the repeatedly translucent references to the industrial origin of the supporting structure.

Shipping Container Modular Smart Building Concept with Plug-In Mobile Rooms that Can "Travel"

OVA Studio presented their competition entry for the 2014 Radical Innovation Awards. This is a shipping container modular smart building concept with plug-in mobile rooms that can "travel" - the room to go.





About OVA Studio

Project: HIVE-INN
Design: OVA Studio
Year: 2014

OVA wanted to create maximum flexibility and mobility with this mobile rooms concept HIVE-INN. That's why their choice fell on the cost-effective container design, as the containers are easy to transport and similar to lego blocks stackable and modular expandable.

Similar to a suitcase, the ready-made container could travel and be sent to the desired location or be used on the spot as an exhibition area or as an advertising space for companies. It would also be reasonable that the containers are rented for this purpose.





The basic framework is based on a steel grid, in which the respective containers are pushed by means of a crane into the existing cassettes - similar to a plug-in system. So the building can individually grow or shrink and adapt to the demand. At the HIVE-INN the OVA Studio designed two container rooms for Ferrari and Alexander McQueen.

Shipping Containers Upcycling in Large Format - Sea Freight Containers Become Living Modules in Germany

The challenges facing architecture today are extremely diverse, regardless of whether it’s the living or working sector. On a global scale, more and more people require more and more living space of a better standard, whereas with office and commercial space more flexibility and sustainability is demanded.




Converted freight containers are perfectly suited to reacting to the numerous new demands. In terms of sustainability, energy efficiency, flexibility and building cost security, the modular design based on a refined (freight) container presents a fascinating and architecturally exciting chance to create modern living and working areas.


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About Containerwerk

Sea freight containers make comfortable living space: the company Containerwerk has specialized in this unusual way of reuse, not least thanks to an innovative shipping container insulation process. The Stuttgart start-up buys used, discarded freight containers for this purpose and is expanding their shell and interior into functional, stylish living space. Several modules can be connected to entire residential shipping container buildings, and other types of use are conceivable.

The lifetime of a common freight container is on average 13 years. After that, the mass is just scrap metal. The start-up Containerwerk, which was founded in 2017, aims to meet a whole range of current challenges by converting used large-capacity shipping containers and processing them into inexpensive, ready-to-move-in residential shipping container homes. These challenges include housing shortages, lack of space, waste of resources or environmental pollution. The founding of the company was preceded by long development processes, which were developed, among others, in cooperation with the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) and the Fraunhofer Institute. As a result, a fully automated, multi-patented process was developed, enabling monolithic, thermal bridge-free and slim high-performance insulation for the container shell.

Innovative shipping container insulation method


Even if the idea of ​​conversion for freight containers is not entirely new, functionality and series maturity were preceded by decisive development steps. Over the course of many years, shipping container insulation processes had to be tested, which ultimately resulted in an innovation and the founding of the Stuttgart-based company. Ultimately, polyurethane foam is used, which is extremely difficult to process, as one of the founders Ivan Mallinowski explains. "The temperature of the wall must be exactly right. If it is too cold, the foam will retract and not foam enough. And if it is too warm, it foams too much and sticks. We made many attempts, including with BASF, and found that it must be applied at exactly 19.3 °C for everything to work. Plus, it has an extremely short second-by-second response time where it needs to be right where it should go."





This led to the task of processing a polyurethane foam three-dimensionally fully automatically and installing it as a monolithic shipping container insulation in a unit. With the help of the Institute for Fuel Processing at RWTH Aachen University and a plant manufacturer, a corresponding polyurethane plant could be produced. Together with the second company founder Michael Haiser, the starting signal for container production and the serial production of residential shipping container homes on a large scale, which today takes place at the production site Wassenberg near Düsseldorf, followed.

Microarchitecture in many variants and diversity in shipping container homes design 


Within a certain framework of their original morphology, there are no limits to the stylistic limits of the modules. On the occasion of the Milan Furniture Fair 2018, the company together with partners presented possible forms of their microarchitecture in several installations. Not only the diversity of the façade design or the degree of high-quality interior shipping container homes design became clear, but also the possibilities to configure modular ensembles to whole buildings. Since the individual cuboids can be variably connected in the horizontal and vertical, individual multi-room solutions can be created. Due to their low weight, the blocks can be stacked, but also integrated into existing building structures. The short construction time, transportability and cost-effective design seems to be a reasonable solution for temporary or permanent living space concepts. In addition, the manufacturer also promises other types of use. From the office room to the hotel, boarding house or dormitory, to the elderly facility or even rehabilitation clinic, shipping containers can be converted.

From upcycling to recycling product


The new concept of energy and raw material efficiency is also a long-term commitment: With its innovative insulation technology, the microarchitecture is above the EnEV standard. All materials used can be sorted at the end of the life cycle of the container and 100% recycled. And since usually mobile point foundations are sufficient, the plot is spared and cleared without residue. A promising concept that has already won numerous awards in its early corporate history. Containerwerk emerged as the winner of the Green Product Award 2018 in the category of architecture, was named one of the 100 most innovative companies in Germany by the initiative "Germany - Land of Ideas" and was selected by the GreenTec Awards, which are the world's best projects in the area Environmental and resource conservation, with two finalist titles honored: in the category "Construction & Living" and with the start-up special prize 2018.

Living boxes to take away


Two inventors convert discarded sea freight containers into living space - standard and with a patented design

Article from nationalgeographic.de

How often has the container been tipped over the equator? Did he transport smartphones across the oceans? Or furniture? Michael Haiser and Ivan Mallinowski do not know. But it does not matter. With their company Containerwerk, the entrepreneurs in Wassenberg near Mönchengladbach are converting discarded sea freight containers into resource-saving and energy-efficient apartments, hotels and offices. In their second life, the containers do not have to travel anymore - but they could, if their new owners wanted

Marketing expert Haiser, 47, and booth builder Mallinowski, 49, have also arrived in their second life. In the fast-paced advertising business, they set up elaborate presentations to rip them off hours later, tamping tons of wood, plastic and paper. "We live the opposite of what we used to do," says Mallinowski. "At that time we redeveloped everything for a job, then it came in the bin. Now we are doing it right and sustainable."

The idea of ​​living and working in containers is not new. But the container workers are the first to produce in series. Thanks to Mallinowski's ingenuity. The Waldorf school breaker and barefooter came up with a now patented process that allows the containers to be insulated without any thermal bridges and with much less space than the other supplier does. From a high cube, which is slightly higher than a normal container and 40 feet long, you will gain as much as 26 square meters of floor space.

This looks surprisingly homely, as the two show in the showroom in Stuttgart. Haiser unlocks first an unchanged container, from whose steel walls every word echoes. Then he opens the glass front door of the refined version next door. Everything is there: a mini-wardrobe, a small bathroom, a kitchenette dinette and, separated by slats, a 1.60 meter wide bed. Through a diamond-shaped window and the glazed back surface falls daylight. Heating is by a heat pump. An outside staircase leads up one floor. There two containers were put together. 50 square meters with Wohlfühlextras such as terrace and stargazer window over a double bed. For 2000 to 3000 euros each, Haiser and Mallinowski buy old containers. After the conversion customers pay depending on the equipment from 30000 euros.





At first, Haiser, who does the distribution, was skeptical. He had a lot to explain: that the Corten steel from which the containers are made, only on, but not rusted through; that although water and electricity connections are needed, but only point foundations; that you can easily stack five containers. A few sustainability awards later, the startup faces a luxury problem: "Two years after its founding, we have more orders than we can deliver." The first 35 residential containers from Wassenberger Produktion are part of a social housing project for young people in Hamburg. Four containers were shipped to Costa Rica, the cocoa plantation of a Berlin chocolatier. In August follows a boarding house in Villach with 70 containers. Haiser and Mallinowski expect that the demand for mobile and low-cost space concepts will continue to increase. In Germany alone, 400,000 new homes are needed each year. And the life models become more flexible. "A home in a fixed place is no longer attractive," says Haiser. "In the future, people will simply take their home with them if they move on."

Shipping Container Hotel Winebox Valparaiso, Chile

Beautiful Shipping Container Boutique Hotel





Shipping Container Hotel Interior
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Architect: Camila Ulloa
Location: Valparaiso, Chile
Year: 2017

The New Zealander histrionic Grant Phelps, known by many in the wine industry as a leading winemaker, invites to his boutique hotel on the Mariposa hill in Valparaiso. The Wine Box, a spectacular building, with four floors and a great shipping container design - is the first in South America built only with shipping containers and reused materials.

The idea came after the earthquake that affected his hometown Christchurch in 2011, in New Zealand, where they had built houses with containers. So once he returned he bought an architecture book with these shipping containers and decided to make this millionaire project in the tourist Valparaiso, in which he lived several years ago.

After this and two years of work, Grant and his girlfriend the architect Camila Ulloa, introduced a beautiful shipping container building with a tremendous and colorful facade, and an amazing 360° rooftop view.

With this project of renovation in the sector, Grant and Camila have given new airs to this hill, because it stimulates the neighborhood, generates employment and brings people closer to the world of wine.





The hotel

Shipping container hotel Winebox Valparaiso offers rooms with heating, a seating area, a private terrace, a pantry, a dressing room and high ceiling in the vicinity to Atkinson Walk.

There are large lounge area, BBQ facilities and a bar on the roof.

This hotel is rated for the best value in Valparaíso.

The shipping container hotel has 21 studio rooms, including 2 suites of 100 sq m and 19 of 35 sq m, all with built-in kitchen of beautiful furniture, with a living room with sofa bed and a spectacular private terrace overlooking the bay, perfect for passing the afternoon enjoying the landscape with glass in hand.

In addition the place, of colorful design, gathers several common spaces like a large terrace on the first floor, with chairs and tables of recycled pallets, lamps and ashtrays of wine bottles, many cacti everywhere, graffiti, a wine bar, one side, and a wine shop, where tastings will also be held, with about 250 labels in association with La Vinoteca. Also, the upper part of the place, 160 sq m, will soon house a large capacity restaurant, a bar for 80 people, and a fudre hot tub for two, where you can enjoy wine therapy treatments with a privileged view.

Beautiful 4x40 ft Shipping Container House with Internal Insulation and Double-Skin Facade, Sweden






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Builders Mathias Beer, Erik Wedlund and Peter Wedlund
Containers: 4x40 ft HC
Area: 108 sq m (1162 sq ft)
Lot size: 3 600 sq m
Rooms: 5 rooms (2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms)
Project cost: 170 000 Euro
Location: Soderbykarl, Norrtalje, Sweden
Year: 2018
Photography: Henrik Nero

Just outside Norrtalje in Soderbykarl we can find this beautiful 4x40 ft shipping container house with internal insulation and double-skin facade in rural and picturesque setting. Here sheep occupy the closest neighbor and create unique contrasts where industrial styling meets nature. The building serves as a sculpture in the landscape, yet it fuses well with the rural surroundings.

This unique architecture is created with four shipping containers, which in a creative and tasteful way now offer accommodation beyond the usual. To complement the shapes and colors found in the local area, the top-floor containers are covered in powder coated stretch metal, while the lower level is covered by Corten plate that gets rusted over time, completely free of maintenance. In addition to the impressive exterior, this is also a house of the highest quality even inside. The home is automated via FIBARO, where you control the lights, heat and lights via phone and keep track of movements and smoke detectors that alarm directly to your phone. There are also multiroom solutions for sound with built-in speakers on both floors, which are controlled wirelessly via Sonos Connect.

The ground floor offers the social areas we all want and the warm summer days here are the opportunity to open all the glass sections, creating a further dimension of the accommodation. Here, the newly lawned lawn or wooded balcony is beautifully and practically protected by the solid lumber beams. From the patio, however, you have a lovely view of the surrounding area with tranquility and silence. The ground is in a sunny position and it is hard not to be impressed by the beautiful sunset over the beautiful landscape!

With an exciting design and unique construction, this newly produced beautiful 4x40 ft shipping container house with internal insulation and double-skin facade offers something out of the ordinary! And besides its unique exterior, this is also a top quality accommodation in terms of design and living standards.





Upstairs

- House's upper floor offers own entrance, bathroom, bedroom and family room.

- The bathroom is fully tiled in light tones with gray tile floors, large white tiles on the walls and ceiling lights on the ceiling. Here we find shower with glass wall, toilet, sink with dresser and mirror cabinet. Black mixers break nicely against the other white interior.

- The large bedroom is well-appointed and accommodates a double bed and plenty of storage behind a wall-mounted wardrobe. Window with a lovely view beyond the lush surroundings.

- The smaller bedroom offers storage through closet and holds bed and desk.

- The family room is simple with a sofa, coffee table and armchair. From the living room you will find both the furniture balcony and the fantastic and sun-filled roof terrace. The roof terrace is green and comfortable thanks to artificial turf and offers great possibilities for different types of furniture. There is ample space for sitting areas and sunbeds. The glass rails give us an uninterrupted view of the beautiful landscape.

Ground floor

- The ground floor is pervaded by a plan solution that allows cooking with a possibility of simultaneous social connections. Here you can open all the glass sections and create a truly wonderful atmosphere with a combined outdoor and indoor environment. In the patio there is a solid wooden deck that offers furniture and shade is donated through large hanging slats. The ground floor offers, behind the staircase, storage through the wardrobe and space for the desk. There is also the technology room.

- Cook in nice black tones with all the mechanical equipment you require. There is microwave and oven built in high cabinet, fridge / freezer, induction hob and dishwasher. Sturdy and matching countertop offers good work surfaces and storage is provided by upper and lower cabinet. Natural place for food group.

- The living room in the open plan solution offers space for large sofa. A lovely place to enjoy the beautiful scenery thanks to the big glass windows. In the warm days, you can open two walls and get a lovely combination of the outdoor and indoor environment.

- The bathroom on the ground floor is also fully tiled and modern with white tiles on the walls and gray tiled floors. There is a bathtub, large chest of drawers with storage space, countertop and a combined washer and dryer.


The home is designed to withstand conditions of Swedish climate. The temperature can be as low as -25 during winter time with snow or up to +35 degrees Celsius in summer.

Insulation walls 120mm sprayfoam, u-value 0.17
Windows 3 glass, u-values from 0.99 to 0.78
Heating air/water heat pump underfloor heating and electric underfloor heating in bathroom

Modified 20' Shipping Container with Automatic Hydraulic Door

20 ft modified container




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Area: 160 sq ft  (15 sq m)

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

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

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

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

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

3 Bedroom Shipping Container Home Design, Brazil

4x40ft containers home





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





Description by the project team. 

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

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

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


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