Simple Shipping Container Home Built with 2x40 ft Containers and Elevated Roof

It is a place that invites you to live more simply, freely and lightly.

Floor plans / Drawings
About Plannea Arquitectura
About Constanza Domínguez

ProjectCasa Abierta Container (Open House Container)
ArchitectsConstanza Domínguez C., Plannea Arquitectura
Area95 m²
Containers1x40 ft HC and 1x40 ft STD
LocationLa Compañía, Chile
SuppliersBASF, Ceresita, Cintac, Cintac®, Melón Hormigones, Pizarreño, Volcan, Winko, Acma, Behr Specialty, Containers Patagonia, Ferretería Higuerillas, Rotoplastic, Transaco, Villalba

Description by project team.

It was born as an urgent and circumstantial project. This then transforms into an elemental space, giving the feeling of versatility, flexibility and connection to nature.

Open House Container can be used as a home or as a multi-purpose space. The two containers are connected by a large cover (elevated roof), which produces an open space. This allows the house to be extended and transformed at certain times of the day in an artistic workshop or architectural office and at other times in a yoga room and a crossfit box.

It is a place that invites you to live more simply, freely and lightly. A direct relationship with nature is established in its close relationship with the outside. The habitable module has large windows that connect the interior space with the surroundings, giving the feeling of expansion.

The project has a minimum of environmental impact, since elements decommissioned from the industrial world (shipping containers) and the agricultural world (fruit pallets for furniture) were used. The main advantages of this system are recycling, speed of construction, cost reduction and optimization of materials.

The project sought to solve the need to install a warehouse in a reused 40´STD maritime container (interior height 2.40 m). To take advantage of the space and give it a more versatile use, a second module was added, consisting of a reused 40'HC maritime container (interior height 2.70m) that enabled a bedroom, a common space and a bathroom.

The parallel arrangement separated by 6 meters between the two modules generates an intermediate space that is covered with a higher metallic structure (elevated roof) that covers the entirety of the 2 containers. The resulting space is transformed into a habitable solution with an articulating role between the 2 elements.


Understanding the project by the parts that make it up.

  • Environment: Natural context of soft hills, protective trees and silence.
  • Container warehouse: It plays a fundamental role as a support for the intermediate space by having its entire longitudinal face closed.
  • Habitable Container: It fulfills the function of solving the need for a room and being indoors.
  • Intermediate space: Being open at both ends, it becomes a semi interior and exterior space with a multi-purpose.
  • Elevated Roof: Provides spaciousness and gives a feeling of shelter. It generates an effect of thermal regulator due to air circulation due to the height difference and for having its perimeter open. Its slope allows the use of a second level on the warehouse container.
  • Wraparound layer: The wood cladding adds warmth and harmony, breaking with the hardness of the metal. It works as a ventilated façade as it is separated from the metal cladding and ventilated at both ends.
  • Stove: It acts as a finish to the intermediate space, providing a cozy and intimate touch, integrating the landscape with the construction.

Products used in this work:

Volcanite for interior - gypsum cardboard - Volcan
METALCON® construction system - Cintac®


$60,000 40 ft Shipping Container Home, Oklahoma

Shipping Container House Design with Minimalist Grit by Larry Lucas, AIA
About Larry Lucas, AIA
About Cisco Containers, L.L.C.
About 360 Engineering Group, PLLC

ArchitectLarry Lucas, AIA
Shipping container modificationsCisco Containers, L.L.C.
Structural engineer360 Engineering Group, PLLC
LocationOklahoma City, Oklahoma
OwnerJosh McBee
PhotographyJosh McBee
Project cost$60,000

Josh McBee first saw a shipping container home online one day in late 2012. His one-bedroom apartment in Venice Beach, California was feeling progressively smaller, and the blue guest house he saw online made from a big metal box caught his attention.

"I saw the container guest house in Austin. It was 20 feet long, and I thought to myself, 'I could live in that full-time,'" he said.

Four years and several moves later, he did just that. McBee is now one of the thousands who are using shipping containers to build homes, and the trend is expected to grow even more. According to Market Watch, shipping containers as homes are expected to increase globally by 6.5% annually from 2019 to 2025.

For McBee, the simplicity of the living area in a container and the low utility costs appealed to him the most.

McBee converted his walk-in closet in the one-bedroom in Venice Beach into his own personal bedroom, and rented out the bedroom to travelers through online couch-surfing and vacation rental sites in 2009. He supplemented his income as an industrial researcher and economic analyst through the rentals.

But that blue shipping container guest house he saw stuck with him. In 2013, he quit his job and spent six months traveling from Lisbon to Tokyo. "I knew I couldn't go back to Los Angeles, and I couldn't do a shipping container home there," he said. "But I could do it in Oklahoma City."

Casa RDP - Shipping Container Industrial Style House, Ecuador

Construction Process
Floor plans / Drawings
About Daniel Moreno Flores
About Sebastian Calero

ProjectCasa RDP
ArchitectsSebastian Calero, Daniel Moreno Flores
Area251.75 m²
Exterior Area123.55 m²
Containersseven 20-foot shipping containers and one 40-foot shipping container
PhotographsLorena Darquea Schettini
Structural DesignJorge Vintimilla, Elvis Escudero (Collaborator)
ConstructorEsteban Romo
PlatformsIván Cevallos, Víctor Sánchez, Leoncio Lanche
CollaboratorsLuis Fernando Taco, Roberto Alban, Gustavo Aguirre, Mateo Torres, Santiago Egas,
Gabriela Loaiza, José López, Tatiana Chávez, Lucia Gómez
ElectricRodrigo Tipan
PlumbingFernando Heredia
sq m cost$542 usd
Total Cost$170,000 usd

Description by architects

The projects we do correspond to the understanding of all the parts and the singularities of each particular environment. We do not intend to seek predetermined solutions, so the ideas of this shipping container industrial style house are born from the wishes, experiences and ways of living of the clients.

The owner, when he was little, sought to decipher the operation of old clocks. This passion for mechanics later led him to motorcycles and Land Rover cars. He was interested in a very didactic, utilitarian and detachable house (in the understanding of parts such as the mechanics of these vehicles) and that the constructive solutions are visible, regardless of their manufacture. By deciphering this direct connection with metal, the idea and the desire to live in a shipping container industrial style house appeared. One of the main reasons for experimenting with this material was the energy savings it implies, since after their useful life these objects become waste (as there are so many in the world it becomes a problem), by changing their function and livable, not only that it is given a new use but that it is built in a clean way. In the design a simplification work was done where only the necessary parts should exist.

Subsequently, seven 20-foot containers and one 40-foot container arrived in La Morita (Tumbaco) from Guayaquil. These modules were to help assemble a singular house, implanted in a large green area, almost flat, and detached from the mundane noise of the city.

The principles

The shipping containers are imperfect, they keep all their scars as the legacy to their record of blows and history of uses. These objects were conceived as the complementary spaces of the shipping container industrial style house: cellars, bathrooms, closets and kitchen, and they are practically used in their natural state. Thus, the possibility of not making changes to its original structure was raised, and if so, find the responsible justification to intervene. In this way, the modifications made were strategic and strictly linked to lighting, ventilation and linkage criteria between interior and exterior environments.

On the other hand, and in order to show the material essence, the factory paint was removed in the outside (bare metal), while inside, a neutral and sanitary character was maintained, guided by the white color. Later, the floor would be worked, which kept its original wood.

The process

Four stages of construction were planned:

1. Functional spots. Due to a slight variation of levels in the longitudinal section of the terrain, the platforms protrude as little as possible from the highest edge, they are small islands blurred in sight.

2. The second stage was the assembly, alignment and anchoring of the shipping containers on the concrete platforms by means of a mechanical crane. In all cases, the shipping containers rest on the concrete, fly slightly outwards, giving a feeling of balance and weight control. These pieces are distanced from each other in order to create and delimit living spaces and, in turn, constitute the backbone of the shipping container house, on which the roofs sit.

3. The third stage corresponded to the placement and welding of the system of metal beams, which cross from container to container and help to assemble the concrete roof tiles.

4. Finally, the fourth stage, consisted of hanging from the roof, a system of cables and beams, which helped to shape the bedrooms, inside which wood dominates.

This shipping container industrial style house maintains a strong link with the exterior (green area and mountains) and all the spaces between the containers are a kind of material absence, only the imperceptible metal frames with the glass are evident.

Three mechanical systems were designed to transform the use in the spaces, a manual elevator to go up to the second floor, manipulable blinds placed in the bedrooms and a flexible floor in the master bathroom that folds down to make visible and occupy a bathtub. All these solutions are like a game that allows the user to be a participant in an architecture designed for them.

La Secundaria Valladolid - Modular Shipping Container School, Mexico

Floor plans / Drawings
About Boutique de Arquitectura

ProjectLa Secundaria Valladolid (Valladolid High School)
ArchitectsBoutique de Arquitectura
Area240 m²
LocationMexico City, Mexico

La Secundaria Valladolid - Modular Shipping Container School is a project with unique characteristics in the educational field of Mexico. From the beginning of the design the goal was to do something different and innovative that would also be attractive to students. One of the most important conditions of the project was the construction time, since for reasons of the Ministry of Public Education (SEP), the facilities had to be verified on a specific date. It was the union of these two factors that led us to use shipping containers for classrooms, thus solving the problem of construction time and adding a very important recycling and environmental protection factor.

The complete project includes 15 classrooms. The first stage is made up of 5 classrooms, which include 3 classrooms for teaching classes, 1 computer laboratory, and 1 polyfunctional laboratory (physics, chemistry, and biology). Likewise, all the complementary spaces necessary for the proper functioning of the school were built: toilets (women, men and teachers), warehouses and laboratory annexes.

To make each of the classrooms or modules, a 40-foot High Cube type shipping container (HC 40" Container) divided in half was used, the union of the two pieces was made through a core of natural lighting and ventilation, with clear glass base. It is important to note that all the structural reinforcements were made based on certified structural calculation. This process was extremely complicated, since there are not a large number of projects carried out from the shipping containers.

The difficulty of the project stems from the scarcity of available information and specific construction methods for this type of modular construction in Mexico. After a long and in-depth analysis, absolutely all the structural and installation details were successfully resolved. The construction experienced several challenges throughout its duration (3 months), among which the tight delivery time, the logistics during the assembly of each container and the complexity of connecting each installation to the modules stood out.

Like most projects of Boutique de Arquitectura, La Secundaria Valladolid includes an important ecological part. On this occasion, our proposal is the reuse of shipping containers previously used for loading and unloading across the oceans. By doing this, we reduce the environmental impact since traditional construction methods that involve the use of natural resources directly on site are avoided. Likewise, we extend the useful life of the shipping containers by giving them a second use.

Lago Vista 3 Bedroom Shipping Container Home, Texas


ProjectVilla de Shipping Containers
Area1,300 sq ft
LocationLago Vista, Texas, USA
Price$622,500Sold in July 2020

Description from

Villa de Shipping Containers - 3 Bedroom Shipping Container Home, Texas, overlooking Lake Travis. It's three unique units that all share a pool. Optimal use: Picturesque and sustainable chic setting for long term rental (rent 2 and keep one for your lake house) [or] a perfect family vacation home where everyone enjoys their own private spaces [or] just live your best life here, it's awesome. Multiple level patios capture the natural beauty of Lake Travis and span the vast Texas Hill Country. Just a 45 minute scenic drive to Austin!

Hai d3 Shipping Container Development, Dubai, UAE

Drawings / Floor plans / Sections
About Dubai Design District (d3)
About ibda design

ProjectHai d3
Architectsibda design
Area1877 m²
LocationDubai, UAE
Design TeamYuka Takeuchi, Sho Ikeya, Takeshi Harikai, Takuma Fujisaki, Makoto Udagawa, Lloyd Fontilla
Architect in ChargeWael Al Awar and Kenichi Teramoto
Urban DesignCultural Engineering (Rashid bin Shabib)
Swing DesignCase Design
ContractorAMBB Interiors

Hai d3 is a concept created as an incubation space for the development of emerging local creative talents from the center of Dubai's 'Design District'. It was supposed to be a temporary facility with a five-year program of use, and with a construction time of eight months. The shipping container development is intended to host a variety of events, exhibitions, collaborative works, and displays to foster growth in the different fields of art and design in the Middle East.

It was designed as a neighborhood, showing that the master plan of the entire Design District Dubai was intended to encourage a community of artists in the region. Inspired by the efficiency of the traditional planning of the Arab quarter, the general lines of the shipping container development project were arranged to accommodate open spaces, which are further worked through landscaped "pockets" that serve as patios for each of the complex's buildings. These patios not only complement the industrial nature of the architecture, but also promote the activity, and consequently, the vitality of the entire site.

These buildings are formed with the use of recycled containers of 12 meters long, all transformation is done by hand with careful consideration to preserve its raw, industrial form. The application of these shipping containers allows for rapid construction and dismantling that opens up possibilities for re-fabricating the architecture if deemed necessary. Six different stacking designs were carried out, compounded to respond directly to the program. Art galleries, a workshop, a library, retail spaces, as well as a cafeteria and prayer rooms were introduced into the shipping container development, which were arranged based on the use of the facility. Annex buildings were also introduced, adding 6-meter containers for services, toilets and storage, as well as an access piece. An element that not only welcomes the people of the neighborhood, but also serves as a multifunctional space that artists can arrange for film screenings, meetings or outdoor workshops.

Sustainability was key in this shipping container development project, taking into account the region's ecological construction initiatives. Passive cooling, through shipping containers implemented as "wind towers" distributed throughout the site. These wind towers promote natural ventilation by capturing strong currents of winds that channel into the patios. Additionally, passive lighting is employed in buildings with the use of full height windows and high side lights, as the abundance of sunlight is intrinsic to Dubai. The openings also frame both the landscape of the place and the built horizon of the city.

This shipping container development project, with the use of clean and simple shapes, and simple but welcoming views, offers its users a platform of flexibility, in which they can embrace the dynamism of their work, and in turn, use it as a way to boost the creative industry from the Middle East.

The Lily Pad Airbnb - Small Shipping Container Home, Ohio

Prefab Manufacturing Process
The Lily Pad Contact Info
Hocking Hills State Park Contact Info

Containers: 1 x 40 ft
Location: Hocking Hills State Park, Logan, Ohio, United States

Description from Airbnb

This small shipping container home nestled on 13 acres of woods just 2 miles from the entrance of Old Man’s Cave right on 664 S in Logan Ohio.

Inside we have a cozy bedroom with full view window, private bathroom /shower, full kitchen with cooktop, living room area with small dining table for 2, gas fireplace, YouTube TV, and WiFi.

One of the coolest additions is our motorized glass garage door. Outside under a covered porch is a comfy outdoor swing bed, outdoor lights, a hot tub for two and a glass grill.

The space

The Lily Pad small shipping container home is fully heated and air conditioned inside with a Nest thermostat.

Guests will have a keyless entry pad to gain access to the property.

We have a security camera pointed directly at the driveway for your safety and ours.


The outside living space area is fully covered with a large vaulted ceiling. We have a large ceiling fan for hot days and string lights for a cozy ambience outside . The Lily Pad small shipping container home will also include a large motorized glass garage door, which opens to a full patio for enjoying nature or relaxing in the hot tub. Also includes an outdoor Fire Pit with seating for 4 guests. We also have a gas grill and a outdoor seating area for 4. As well as a twin size swing bed comfortable for afternoon naps, or just to enjoy the scenery.

We have included 4 chairs for entertaining another couple during the day but the container only sleeps 2.


The bedroom will have a full view glass window from the ceiling to floor, so you can wake up to nature and its beauty. There are window treatments for privacy as well. Connecting to the bedroom is a private full bathroom. The living space area in this small shipping container home also has a gas fireplace, TV, couch, chair, and full view remote garage door that opens to the great outdoor. The kitchen has all modern amenities including; a small refrigerator with freezer (no ice maker), cooktop, toaster oven, and microwave.

2 Story L-Shaped Shipping Container Office Building, Mexico

Drawings / Floor plans
About Gabriel Esper + SG-Arquitectos

Architects: Gabriel Esper + SG-Arquitectos
Area: 85 m²
Containers: 2
Year: 2016
Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Photographs: Luis Gordoa
Suppliers: Comex, Interceramic, MACERE México
Other Participants: Alexa Mauleón

Description by project team

The project is 2 story L-shaped shipping container office building and includes the sales offices for a real estate development, for this, only a part of the land of approximately 250 m² was used, on the corner formed by Carlos B. Zetina and Benjamín Franklin streets, in Colonia Condesa.

The solution consisted of reusing two shipping containers which were placed one on top of the other perpendicularly. This solution allowed to generate a large terrace on the roof of the lower container and an exhibition room or glass box that results in the vacuum under the upper container and the ground floor.

One of the most important aspects of the project are the common and open spaces that function as a small-scale central plaza, allowing for a more friendly relationship between interior and exterior. The plaza also functions as a public space or waiting room where prospective buyers can wait to be served by sales staff.

In the lower container is the sales area and the exhibition room or glass box in which the model of the project is shown, in the upper one there is a meeting room and the main terrace, both containers communicate through an exterior staircase.

It was decided to keep the original wooden floors in each container, except for the main terrace and the glass box, in which a paste floor was used, in the same way and to maintain the industrial language of the project and inside you can see the old and rusty original structure of the upper container.

Unit Cafe - Shipping Container Restaurant, Kyiv, Ukraine

Floor plans
About TSEH Architectural Group

Architects: TSEH Architectural Group
Area: 275 m²
Containers: 14
Year: 2016
Location: Kyiv, Ukraine
Photographs: Mihail Cherny, Evgen Zuzovsky
Suppliers: Hexagon Poti, IVELA, Rovasi
Clients: Vasyl Khmelnytsky's fund - K. Fund
Video: Yegor Troyanovsky (direction), Olga Beskhmelnitsyna (production), Koloah (music)

Description by architects

The Unit Cafe Shipping Container Restaurant became one of the objects of the project to revitalize a part of the plant located in Kiev and our team was working on it.

This cafe is mainly for students studying at 'Unit Factory' school. At first we did not plan to build it. But as we were working on the school project, we realized that there wasn't as much room for a large canteen or cafeteria in the rebuilt building. So we decided to offer the investor to locate the cafeteria separately.

They told us about the opportunity to use shipping containers, but after a few sketches they gave us approval to prepare detailed documents.

The cafe became a quirky business card, a bright spot as residents, students, and others eat, meet, discuss business, and learn about the City of Unit - the name given to this territory.

Fourteen containers were used in the implementation of the project. One of them is vertical, where a staircase is located. On the first floor there is an open terrace that is in the form of a console above the ground floor. The console on the first floor is 7.5 meters. It has a great school and business centers. On one side there is water that leads to the entrance of the bridge.

Exterior and interior have something in common: a bright green container (the first floor) that is also partially painted in this color. There are comfortable sofas, tables with chairs, and plants on the floor and on the first floors. There is a kitchen, a toilet and pantries on the ground floor. The total area of ​​the cafeteria is 275 square meters.

Shipping Container Cruise Terminal, Port of Seville, Spain

Drawings / Floor plans
About Buró4
About Hombre de Piedra

Architecture: Buró4, Hombre de Piedra
Architects: Jesús Diáz Gómez, Ramón Cuevas Rebollo, Jorge Ferral Sevilla, Juan Rojas Fernández, José Luis Sainz-Pardo Prieto-Castro
Area: 508 m²
Location: Seville, Spain
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jesus Granada
Suppliers: Lamp Lighting
Quantity Surveyor: Manuel J. Cansino Conejero

The Port of Seville required a new Cruise Terminal with a flexible, multipurpose, expandable, easily removable and even removable character. This would allow it to adapt to the difficulty of forecasting the volume of passengers in the port and would not limit the possibilities of the valuable urban-port space of the Muelle de las Delicias. It was proposed to solve the project through maritime containers. On the other hand, the place, next to the old town, demanded an object of architectural quality that promoted dialogue between the port and its urban environment.

On-site work could only last 15 days, the maximum time between two consecutive cruise ships docking. The modular construction with recycled shipping containers would allow for work in the workshop, would ensure precision on site, and would ensure compliance with execution deadlines.

The sustainable design of the terminal takes advantage of the constructive and plastic possibilities of the reused containers, adapting them to a specific environment and climate. The heat of the sun in Seville on the sheet metal envelope could turn the terminal into an oven. Bioclimatic strategies are, therefore, essential.

Separate "high cube" containers are arranged in parallel, and standard containers are placed over the space between them, the floor of which is cut and lowered to the height of the previous ones. Thanks to this, double heights are obtained that relieve the space and allow the hot air to be placed at the top by stratification. The openings according to the prevailing winds of the upper containers allow cross ventilation that removes this heat accumulated in the upper part. The exterior white paint allows the reflection of up to 90 percent of the solar radiation and its special composition with ceramic microspheres avoids its excessive heating.

In order to achieve the large open hall that was needed despite the limitation in width of the containers, this space was designed transversely to them. The maximum possible gaps are opened in the side plate, but without compromising its structural stability both in its final phase and during its transport, assembly and disassembly.

The upper containers act as skylights. The lights and shadows generated, as well as the structural metal studs, make it possible to differentiate internally the different juxtaposed spaces of the containers, recalling, on a smaller scale, the succession of the traditional port ships. As the upper containers are separated from each other and project in flight towards the river, they are clearly recognized individually and receive the passenger arriving by boat.

The lower floor, more massive, is depressed with respect to the height of the city. Separate skylights allow you to see both banks through them. Up close they clearly show its nature as a shipping container. From the other bank, Los Remedios, make up a low plinth-shaped plinth that does not compete with the regionalist architecture behind it. The doors that are removed from the upper containers are used inside; the original floors are also used, once treated, as finished pavement. The finishes do not attempt to hide the industrial details that allow the container to be recognized, giving the space an unmistakable personality.

According to the locator plates of each of the 23 reused containers, it has covered 1,150,000 km. This equals three times the journey from earth to the moon or 29 times around the world.

While the terminal is not being used by the port, it is rented to be used as an exhibition hall, as an event hall, or even as a concert space.

Description by project team

Buró4 together with Male Stone Architects have built the port of Seville maritime station to service large passenger cruises. For this, the reuse of maritime containers has been chosen, providing a contemporary architecture that offers a building of great utility and spatial qualification, based on criteria of sustainability, flexibility and capacity for growth. Teamwork has been carried out from the bureau4 and Hombre de Piedra, with the collaboration of Tercera Piel Arquitectura and Construcciones Cabello, so a project and work service has been offered where the entire process has been addressed as a single highly complex problem that It has allowed a high control of design, terms and costs. The comprehensive management has made it possible to carry out the project and the work, turnkey, in just 2 months. The port of Seville needed a new multipurpose cruise terminal with a flexible nature that could adapt to the unpredictable number of passengers who could use it on a regular basis. On-site construction should have the ability to be extensible, mobile, having to solve its construction in 15 days, just in the space between two consecutive cruises.

The port authority proposed the idea of ​​using maritime transport containers.

The location in the port, but near the historic center, was demanding an object of architectural quality that would dialogue with its urban environment. The modular construction with recycled shipping containers was mostly carried out in the workshop, ensuring with the precision of on-site work the guarantee of completing the works on time.

The sustainable design of the terminal takes advantage of the constructive potential and plasticity of the reused containers, adapting them to a specific environment and climate. The heat of the sun in Seville on the metal envelope could turn the terminal into an oven. For them, bioclimatic strategies have therefore been essential.

Shipping Container Sale Rooms, Showroom and Offices, Santiago, Chile

Drawings / Floor plans
About Dx arquitectos

Project: MG store and offices
Architects: DX Arquitectos, Claudio Aguila, Juan Luzoro, Justyna Skrobanska
Builder: Pablo Bórquez, Furniture Operations Manager Gacitúa
Location: San Miguel, Santiago, Chile
Area: 154 m²
Materials: 40 HC (High Cube) shipping container, rubber floor, 5 mm polyurethane exposed ceiling, similar wood melamine, MG line furniture, recycled aluminum windows
Year: 2010
Photographs: Pablo Blanco Barros

The shipping container as a means of transporting a product, now as a user's container. Elementary and iconic prefab structure. Pure volumes intersect in an esplanade towards Santa Rosa, the speed of the highway defines the tensions and pauses of these.

On the first floor, the shipping containers intersect, forming the furniture exhibition and sale rooms (showroom). While the volume, which is on the second floor, contains offices.

Boutique Hotel Built from Shipping Containers, China

Drawings/Floor plans

Project: Xiangxiangxiang Boutique Container Hotel
Architects: Tongheshanzhi Landscape Design Co
Containers: 35
Area: 5000 m²
Year: 2012
Location: Changzhi, China

Xiangxiangxiang Boutique Container Hotel is the first boutique hotel built from shipping containers in China. The hotel is located in the southwest of the Tianxia Duchenghuang tourist area and covers an area of ​​about 5000 square meters. The hotel was one of two projects designed for the third version of the China Praying Festival.

1. Incense concept: represents the thematic image and the service that distinguishes the hotel. On the one hand, the guest can feel the atmosphere of prayer in all the details of the boutique hotel built from shipping containers (as well as in the arrangement of the rooms and the interior decoration), and on the other, the hotel offers visitors the "incense experience" (themed scented meals; traditional rites, etc.)

2. Use of Containers: the hotel is made up of containers with ecological paint, reflecting the idea of ​​sustainable design.

3. The City: The boutique hotel built from shipping containers plan followed the traditional form of the popular house in Shanxi and designed a series of incense rite exercise spaces, such as "Xunxiangjing" and "Pinxiangtang" spaces, inspired by temples and cultural centers of ancient Chinese peoples.

All functional spaces are built using 35 containers of two standard sizes. Shipping containers are used for rooms, the lobby, the restaurant and patios. Interior design and Chinese-style furniture and incense-related themes characterize the ornament, creating a special experience for visitors.

The proposal is at the forefront in the area of ​​shipping container reuse. The factory-manufactured and on-site installation model and its eco-friendly paint have positioned it as one of the lowest-carbon buildings in China. The paint provides a better defense against corrosion and has less carbon use, releasing very few harmful gases into the environment. The hotel mixes tourism and industry, local culture and the standardization of the shipping container, characteristics that make it a unique hotel that seeks to promote the development of this new tourist area in Changzhi City.

3 Story 2 Bedroom Shipping Container Elevated House, Brazil

Drawings/Floor plans
About Casa Container Marília - Arquitetura

Project: The Hanging House
Architects: Casa Container Marília
Area: 257 m² (2766 ft²)
Containers: 6
Bedrooms: 2
Stories: 3
Year: 2019
Location: Campos Novos Paulista, Brazil
Photographs: Celso Mellani
Suppliers: Gerdau Corsa, Saint-Gobain, AutoDesk, Docol, Lumion
Architect In Charge: Daniel Assuane Duarte
Responsible Architect: Daniel Assuane Duarte, Nadia Barros Assuane
Project Team: Daniel Assuane Duarte, Nadia Barros Assuane
Engineering: Casa Container Marília
Collaborators: Cocchi Engenharia

The Hanging House was named because it is elevated from the natural ground level of the site where it was located. This is because this 2 bedroom shipping container house is surrounded by native trees, so the windows are level with the treetops and the balconies blend with the branches. In addition, the soil remains original, preserving drainage and root dynamics, which were not impaired because the minimum of concrete was used in the foundations. The premise of the project was a country house that was integrated with the local ecosystem, with sustainability and recyclability. For this reason, the construction system with recycled shipping containers was adopted. In total, 80% of the materials are recycled. Internally, demolition wood predominates on the walls and ceiling. Green roof with reuse of rainwater, thermal and acoustic insulation are also the highlights of the house.

The purpose of occupying the property is as a country house. Internally, we favor the common areas of the 3 story shipping container house, living spaces, leisure and balconies. In total there are two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The shipping container elevated house has no television or wifi system. To inhabit it, the rule is to disconnect and enjoy what nature and family life provide. Two wooden deck balconies provide interaction with native trees and fantastic views of rural Campos Novos Paulista, Brazil.

The implantation of the 3 story shipping container elevated house under the trees provides shade throughout the day, and the local winds combined with the wall insulation system provide excellent thermal comfort within the residence.

Metal pillars make the support of the house. The "v" system provides concrete savings and base area by generating a single base for two supports. The foundations are shallow because the weight of the house is relatively light and the ground is firm.

The green roof is of the modular type, which makes maintenance easy. It has a rainwater storage system to minimize the need for irrigation. This system provides greater thermal comfort inside the 2 bedroom shipping container elevated house and integrates it even further with nature.

The internal divisions are made of demolition wood. In addition to being a recycled material, it avoids the use of internal paint, since it already has its own finish. All the walls of the 2 bedroom shipping container house are insulated with a thermoacoustic blanket for greater thermal comfort. The environments have cross ventilation and wide openings for air exchange and thermal comfort. The 3 story shipping container house does not have an air conditioning system and remains pleasant even on the hottest days in São Paulo. The internal doors of the first floor of the shipping container house are made with reused plates from the cutouts of the containers, minimizing excess material.

The final residue of the work was reused in 70%, basically summarized in remains of wood and steel.

Award-Winning Shipping Container Homes, Oklahoma City

Drawings/Floor plans
About Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

Project: Squirrel Park
Architecture: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Area: 1400 square feet
Containers: 4
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
Budget: $1.1 million
General Contractor: Smith Design Co.
Structural Engineer: Obelisk Engineering
Civil Engineer: Wallace Engineering
Clients: Labyrinth LLC
Year: 2018


AIACOC Peoples Choice Award Residential Architecture 2018
AIA Small Project Award 2019
AIA CSR Design Awards Honor Award small projects category 2019

The site is located at the transition between the typical residential fabric along 32nd Street and the commercial corridor along Classen Boulevard. A single shared entrance and carport buffer the commercial property to the west while reinforcing the idea of living together.

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Responding in a sensitive and sustainable way to Oklahoma City’s imperative to increase density in existing residential neighbourhoods, Squirrel Park makes innovative use of modified shipping containers to create four single-family homes. Each offers around 1400 square feet of living space, its conventional interior layout contrasting with the modern, industrial exterior aesthetic. The design reinterprets the components of a traditional neighbourhood street on a smaller scale, encouraging outdoor living and interaction. The unique nature of the site as a park-like environment is enhanced through retention of existing mature trees, provision of shared outdoor spaces, new planting, and the addition of green roofs to assist energy efficiency and biodiversity.

Shipping Container Tiny Homes Village, Germany

Drawings/Floor plans
About Containerwerk
"My Home" contact info

Project: My Home
Design: Containerwerk
Area: 26 sqm (280 sqft)
Year: 2020
Location: Wertheim, Germany
Photography: Stefan Hohloch

Sustainability and innovation are the cornerstones of the 2700 sqm large future-oriented "My Home" residential park (shipping container tiny homes village) in Wertheim, Germany. “My Home” consists of 21 furnished apartments, created by containers, aimed at businesses, business travelers and tourists in the area, who appreciate their own private living space rather than a standard hotel room when away from home.

The project was developed by Felix von Knobelsdorff, Clemens Müller and Nicolas de Fejer, while the framework for the groundbreaking project with its challenging and sustainable architecture was created by German supplier and partner, Containerwerk.

The shipping container tiny homes village is designed to fit optimally into the surroundings with sufficient space for green areas between the apartments. The facades of untreated regional wood create an aesthetic and harmonious transition between nature and the raw shipping container architecture.

Each apartment is created by a 40-foot shipping container, which is transformed into a living room with full comfort and hotel-like ambiance. These are assembled into groups of three, all units with distinctive full-length windows in the gable, from which one can enjoy an unobstructed view of nature.

Inside, the shipping container tiny home offers 26 sqm, which is more private space and flexibility than most hotel rooms. All include a fully equipped kitchenette, a private terrace, a separate entrance, a light and airy dining and work area for up to 4 people, a car park next to the entrance as well as the feeling of living in your own home.

Description by "My Home"

Temporary living in a shipping container tiny home.

Trip around the world ends in Wertheim. Unusual upcycling idea creates new, modern living space.
A new home for disused overseas containers and a special feeling of wellbeing for guests, that is the idea behind the boarding house, which is currently being built in the industrial and commercial area of Reinhardshof in Wertheim. The excavators have been rolling since mid-September, so that by the end of the year 21 small, fully-fledged, single-storey micro-houses will emerge from former freight containers on Theodor-Heuss-Strasse.

The first guests are expected to move in March 2020. On 26 square meters they will find everything they expect from a modern hotel room; in addition, a kitchenette, a private terrace, a parking space and "the good feeling of living like in your own house," says Felix von Knobelsdorff, Managing Director of the temporary property MAX Wertheim GmbH, which is responsible for the construction.

Everyone finds their home in the cozy shipping container tiny homes village

• for companies that want to provide good accommodation for employees, customers or suppliers to bridge the gap until your own apartment has been found
• for people who want to live flexibly, easily and for a limited time
• for people working temporarily nearby
• for relatives of people in a nursing home or hospital
• for open-minded adventurers who want to spend a different night and are tired of staying in hotels

Make yourself at home

• living like in your own house in a small space
• bright and spacious living atmosphere on 26 square meters
• separate entrance and private terrace
• light-flooded dining and work area for up to 4 people

Easy self-sufficiency

• equipped kitchenette with hot plates, microwave, coffee machine and refrigerator
• double bed for 1-2 people (140 x 200 cm)
• sofa bed for 1-2 people (140 x 200 cm)
• modern bathroom with shower (hairdryer available)

Resource-saving and contemporary

Felix v. Knobelsdorff and his colleagues Clemens Müller and Nicolas de Fejer have known each other for almost 20 years from their work in construction and interior design. Through joint projects, they established contacts with the Stuttgart start-up container plant, which buys used shipping containers and converts them into high-quality, energy-efficient living spaces. All three were enthusiastic about the resource-saving approach of combining sustainability with a modern atmosphere and flexible living. "In addition, we travel a lot ourselves professionally and were fed up with the dark, stuffy corridors and confining rooms in many hotels," explains civil engineer Müller. Nicolas de Fejer: "We are united by curiosity to implement something completely new and ecologically meaningful."

Headwaters Eco Retreat Shipping Container House, Florida

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Containers: 3 x 40 ft
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2
Location: Jupiter Outdoor Center at Riverbend Park, Jupiter, Florida, USA

Nestled at the headwaters of the Wild and Scenic Loxahatchee River and across from Riverbend Park, Headwaters Jupiter is an eco-retreat unlike any other. The Shipping Container House is encased in organic gardens, Florida-native plant life, biking and hiking trails, and most importantly the Loxahatchee river itself. The main space is a 4 bedroom and 2 bathroom prefab home with living room and kitchen, constructed using up-cycled shipping containers.

You can walk in to a comfortable and spacious entry way that opens into a dining room, living room, and kitchen. There is a spacious bathroom that can be accessed by the master bedroom or the main space. Upstairs you can find an incredible view of the Loxahatchee river and over a 1,000 acres at beautiful Riverbend Park and there are 3rd and 4th bedrooms. Bedrooms upstairs are large comfortable rooms both with small compact refrigerators and Moka coffee pots so you can enjoy your morning coffee with biscuits sitting out on the spacious patio on the deck / second floor. Both bedrooms are joined by a full bathroom. This shipping container house in Jupiter, Florida, currently is the only house constructed from shipping containers in the nearby area. Thoughtful design and unique construction allow you be amazed with the sense of well-being and welcoming feeling you can find during your stay in this beautiful shipping container house in Florida.

Multipurpose Shipping Container Building/Installation - Exhibition, Gallery, Cafeteria, Edinburgh, UK

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About David Mach
About Dixon Jones
About Assembly Studios

Design: David Mach, Dixon Jones
Renders: Assembly Studios
Containers: 36
Area: 3500 sq ft
Year: 2019

British artist David Mach has designed his first shipping container building called "Mach 1", consisting entirely of 30 shipping containers. The piece will be key to the new planned development of Edinburgh Park. Designed in collaboration with architect Dixon Jones, the shipping container building does not follow the modular, linear approach that this type of structure normally lends itself to. Instead, its sculptural form is intended to draw attention to the new neighborhood, especially those traveling by train.

A multipurpose shipping container building planned to house the marketing part of the development, Mach 1 will include a large exhibition space, gallery and cafeteria, to provide the flexibility to host events at various scales. To fulfill its marketing function, the shipping container building is slated to display a full site model, detailed building parts, illustrations, and informational displays on the southern phase of construction of Edinburgh Park itself.

Edinburgh Park is slated to be a 17-acre urban neighborhood west of the city - the largest development currently underway in the region. Designed by Dixon Jones, the project follows previous successful collaboration with Parabola at the award-winning Kings Place venture at Kings Cross.

The park is currently in the planning phase, with the "Mach 1" shipping container building itself submitted for approval. The first phase of the work will include high-quality offices, a new public square, sports and leisure facilities, a health center, shops, bars and restaurants.

The development also includes a strong public art component, supporting two residences for emerging writers and photographers, as well as offering outreach opportunities with local schools. Mach 1 is an emblematic shipping container building that represents the artistic focus of development, comments the founder and president of Parabola, Peter Millican:

"Its unique installation blends perfectly with Parabola's ambition to create a bold and exciting neighborhood that combines exemplary design and innovation to offer a new place in the city rich in art and culture, with world-class public spaces, scenery and facilities . "

Known for his large-scale collages, sculptures, and dynamic installations, often using everyday elements, David Mach describes himself as an "accidental architect" when it comes to the "Mach 1" project:

"There is quite a dramatic way in the shipping container building, it is not a regular piece of architecture. It will be something that will really show. It is a building that makes a statement about itself."

McConkey Shipping Container Home, San Diego, California

About OBR Architecture

Project: McConkey Residence
Designer: OBR Architecture
Builder: Mike McConkey, owner
Area: 800 square feet
Containers: 3
Location: Lakeside, San Diego County, California, USA
Photographer: Kevin Walsh

For many people, a huge mega-mansion represents the beautiful ideal dream home, but for Shawn and Mike McConkey, a shipping container home was their ideal. The shipping container McConkey Residence in San Diego, California, designed by OBR Architecture, is one of the first San Diego’s shipping container homes. 800 square feet of living space was formed by three shipping containers. Floor-to-ceiling huge windows make the open-air space feel even larger. Another thoughtful element is a retractable garage standard door next to the kitchen (and this design can be perfect for those times when the kitchen stove gets a bit too smoky). The roof and windows design incorporate flame-retardant level materials in the event of nearest wildfires.

Building a shipping container home was a dream come true for owners of this shipping container home - Mike and Shawn McConkey. Mike, a construction superintendent and architectural engineer was able to do a good portion of this custom home, along with an architect and general contractor. Having built a farm building stand out of a shipping container earlier in his professional career, Mike knew some of the possible challenges with this type of prefab modular structure.

Mike found that what appears to be standard indestructible shipping containers, lose much of their constructional rigidity when the shipping container sides are modified or changed, such as cutting openings in the metal for doors and windows. Mike learned how to deal with design issues by devising necessary structural reinforcements for containers relating to these windows/doors modifications and other changes in the structure, while maintaining the desired appearence of the shipping containers. Another related challenge was getting necessary construction approvals because of the first shipping container home in the county and the county building department had never seen this type of container construction before this project, ultimately taking about half a year. Joining usual residential conventional construction materials to the shipping containers was also more difficult; attaching conventional construction materials to steel rather than wood. Christopher Bittner, the architect on the shipping container home project,  recommends “Anyone wanting to pursue this type of construction should thoroughly interview builders to be sure they are up to the task.” When the shipping container home was complete, Mike and Shawn had an environmentally friendly and beautiful house that is very cozy and comfortable.

Shipping Container Hotel California Road at Inkwell Wines, Australia

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Containers: 20
Location: McLaren Vale wine region of South Australia

Description by Agoda

Shipping Container Hotel California Road at Inkwell Wines, Australia, is a brand new set of modern three private luxury suites in the McLaren Vale wine region of South Australia. The hotel suite floor is located on a separate private level of a beautiful two-story shipping container building made from 20 recycled shipping containers on a winery estate and a working vineyard. Set in the vineyard area on a separate private floor, each hotel suite features a cozy and large deck, beautiful soaking tub in a bathroom with floor-to-ceiling large windows overlooking the surrounding vines. Beddroom includes a luxurious king-size floating bed. There are rain showers and dual vanities. Guests can find a mini bar stocked with snacks and the best Inkwell wine and enjoy the wine on a cozy leather couch. Among other features there are 50-inch smart HDTV with WiFi, Dolce Gusto coffee, and a sound bar with bluetooth all lit with amazing light fixtures. Shipping container hotel rooms also have ample USB power/charging points, a small table and a desk with chairs. Guests also can enjoy an outdoor common courtyard and a large deck for shipping container hotel visitors for watching vineyard sunsets.

Description by owners

McLaren Vale's newest luxury shipping container hotel is a perfect adult escape. Shipping container hotel California Road is an “adults only” property. Hotel is set in the beautiful vineyards on a private floor. Each suite has 50 square metre of area and boasts a huge external deck, cozy soaking tub with possibility to enjoy sunset through floor to ceiling huge windows overlooking the nearest vines, beautiful luxurious king bed with floating effect, comfortable dual vanities and pleasant rain showers, well-situated mini-bar stocked with nice Inkwell wine and suitable snacks, cozy leather couch, tasty Dolce Gusto coffee, huge 50"HDTV with wi-fi and modern bluetooth enabled sound bar. Amazing light fixtures allow enjoy all this in a nice pleasant atmosphere. One of the shipping container hotel suites can be converted into a wheelchair friendly accessible suite with a completely equipped accessible bathroom.

The Deluxe Vineyard View suites are appointed with all of the modern travel comforts. The standalone soaking tub fronts a floor to ceiling window over lookng the vineyards; perfect for soothing the soul while appreciating a glass of Inkwell Wines.

Each 50 sq. meter suite boasts large private decks with ultra-comfortable chairs to view the vineyard sunsets and includes a floating king bed, leather couch, small table and chairs, desk, twin showers and vanities, wardrobes with fridge, snacks, safe, shoe racks, iron and hair dryer as well as a selection of ten wines produced by Inkwell. All rooms have six USB charging docks, 50" flat screen TV, amazing sound system, choice of five pillow types and split system (AC and heat) climate control.

One of the suites can be configured as a wheel chair accessible room by opening a separate purpose built luxury ensuite accessibility bathroom. This suite is slightly larger than the others.

Spectris Innovation Center Shipping Container Office

About Studium

Project: Spectris Innovation Center
Architects: Studium
Area: 659 m²
Location: Moreira, Portugal
Photographs: Ivo Tavares Studio,
Suppliers: Knauf, Roca, Sika, Archicad, CIN, CINCA Arquitetos, Cinca, DELABIE, Efapel, Forbo Flooring Systems, GUIALMI, Investwood, JNF, LUMITEK, MICROCRETE, Pedrali, Technal, Tromilux
Architect In Charge: Sérgio Miguel Magalhães
Project Team: Hugo Martins, Miguel Barbosa
Clients: Detailsmind, HBM Fibersensing and HBK Porto
Consultants: Silêncio
Collaborators: Catarina Rodrigues and Tiago Nogueira

The design of the facilities of the Spectris Oporto Innovation Center was presented as a self-inflicted exercise. The lack of referential context, caused by the decision to expand one of the bodies of the existing building to a completely inert attached storage space, was the starting point to study its occupation and the exterior building, as well as for design and dynamics functional between the multiple contact spaces of both sites.

The privileged location next to the Porto airport, the metro and the roads helped in the decision to occupy the neighboring building. The set of about 650 square meters is characterized by its configuration in a warehouse of regular rectangular volume, with its longitudinal axis oriented northeast-southwest and with a central nave. The division is vertical and takes place on 2 floors in the area of ​​the old offices (to the north) and an access to a patio with about 500 square meters (to the south).

The entrance is the first functional unit that defines the symbiosis between the past and the innovation requested to the present. This is the premise on which the creative concept for the project is supported, through an ambitious program for the creation and distribution of around 60 jobs in open spaces, in a fusion between meeting areas, teamwork areas, individual spaces, the expected decompression and free time. The central open space thus articulates the community in spaces to meet and be with spaces for teamwork in a convergence of uses, functions and unequivocal scales for both residents and visitors.

The meeting spaces accompany this scale in proportion and especially in the occupation of the existing space: starting from the auditorium as a generating element of different spaces (in and of themselves, their own and even in excess) that are combined with the shipping containers of confinement and structuring (access control agents and upper floor boundary) and as a structural element for the growth of the team on the upper floor supported by these preliminary support points. The scale also follows the standard definition of the spectrum of use with micro touch points where we can, individually or in groups, expand the primary performance space.

Peak performance involves rest, recovery, and sometimes escape. The placement of the canopy in the street space proposes exactly that moment of meditation and contemplation, whether by the presence of the collective or the individual, the outer space is appropriate and in which we can breathe freely. The connection to the gym and games room justifies the sustainable attitude of comfort and well-being in modern shipping container office spaces, in addition to the individual conditions of each individual workstation.

As the unifying element of the entire space, the original system + system that itself defines areas, functions and moods.