PV14 - 2 Story 3 Bedroom Shipping Container Home, Dallas, Texas

Floor plans, facades and sections
Construction video
About M Gooden Design

ArchitectM Gooden Design
Area3700 sf
LocationDallas, Texas, USA
PhotographyWade Griffith, Kurt Griesbach

This 3 bedroom shipping container home is located not far from White Rock Park, at the same street, and it is one of the highest elevations in Dallas, Texas, and it is about 100’ above White Rock Lake’s surface. The lake is just about 1,000 feet away to the southwest.

To create a unique design and to build a modern and unequalled house were the main purposes for the architects. The residence should be appropriate to the specific site and the technologies for house’s erection should be readily available, but at the same time not very often used in nowadays residence building. The house is a two-story single family residence which includes small penthouse with roof deck access. There are 3 bedroom, 3.5 bathrooms, ground level entertainment area, 2 car garage + storage bay, porte cochere, large roof deck with panoramic view and elevated covered porches adjacent to main living areas.

The majestic scenery of the lake, the trees all around it and the City can be seen from the 2 story shipping container home. And that is the main advantage of house’s high location and its axis is aligned with the City street grid to the Southwest.

The goal of elevation of living areas is to create more comfortable conditions for living, the designers wanted to separate the 3 bedroom shipping container home from the street traffic activity near the house and to make the views better.

The using of overhangs and porches is perfect decision for protecting windows from direct sunlight. And this clever solution helps also to capture the natural light, so it reduces energy bills. And nothing interrupts the picturesque scenery.

For reducing energy costs and extending the life of the roof the architects equipped the 3 bedroom shipping container home’s roof deck with a solar screen, applied to the insulated single-ply membrane.

The residence was built from concrete, steel structures, prefab steel modules - 40ft shipping containers, masonry and glass. All of these elements are combined and create really unique and comfortable design.

Description by chron

When homeowners near the east side of White Rock Lake in Dallas saw a fleet of shipping containers heading into their neighborhood, they immediately followed the 18-wheelers to see what was going on. To their surprise, these large steel boxes came together to create a unique, efficient home with one of the best views in the city.

Matt Mooney, an architect and a managing principal at the architecture firm Corgan, created the house that he'd imagined building 25 years ago, long before shipping container structures became a trendy design concept.

Mooney and his wife, Barbara, took these industrial materials and repurposed them into a 3,700-square-foot contemporary home that brings in the surrounding nature views.

Composed of 14 shipping containers, the three-bedroom, 3,700-square-foot house features deep balconies that let in natural light without exposing the home's interior to direct sunlight. Portions of the containers show through thanks to exposed corrugated ceilings and container gates that have been converted into sliding doors.

On the ground level, polished cement floors enhance the structure's industrial aesthetic, and doorway frames create distinct spaces in the open-floor layout. Colorful accent walls contrast with the grey cement and help to brighten up the space.

Upstairs, sleek maple floors and walls of floor-to-ceiling windows draw attention to the beautiful nature views.

Outside, a 1,400-square-foot roof deck offers a view of the lake and the Dallas skyline beyond. On the ground floor, a 40-foot-long swimming pool aligns with the house's tallest wall, creating a striking visual effect.

The shipping container home was on display for a tour organized by the Dallas chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 2015.

While that tour has come and gone, you can take a tour of the newly completed structure in the slides above.

Floor plans, facades and sections


  • Single Family Residence
  • Approximately 3,700 SF
  • Two-Story plus small penthouse (roof deck access)
  • 3 Bedroom + Den, 3.5 Bathrooms
  • 2 Car Garage + Storage Bay
  • Ground Level Entertainment Area
  • Porte Cochere
  • Elevated covered porches adjacent to main living areas
  • Large Roof Deck with panoramic view


  • A primary goal for this house was to design & build a modern residence that has a unique character, responds to its specific location/orientation and employs the construction technologies that are readily available, but not often used in current residential construction.
  • With the site both highly elevated, and with its long axis aligned directly with the City street grid to the Southwest, the house was oriented to take advantage of the outstanding views across the lake, over the trees and to the City.
  • Primary living areas were elevated to take advantage of the views and to separate them from the street traffic activity below.
  • Extensive use of overhangs and porches shield windows from direct sunlight, (reducing energy costs) while still capturing natural light and not obstructing the beautiful views.
  • The roof deck above serves as a solar screen to the insulated single-ply membrane roof below, which reduces energy costs and extends the life of the roof itself.
  • The house is intended to express those things from which it is built, with concrete floors, exposed steel structure, pre-manufactured steel modules, masonry and glass as primary elements.

Construction video


  • Concrete pier & beam foundation
  • Ground level polished concrete floors
  • Structural Steel primary superstructure (columns & beams) with supplemental Parallel Strand Lumber (PSL) beams at roof deck level
  • Pre-manufactured Steel Modules are a part of the primary structural system
  • 2x6 perimeter stud wall framing with a combination of closed and open cell spray-on insulation
  • Stack bonded CMU masonry veneer at ground level with a modular brick masonry veneer tower
  • Double insulated, high performance glazing systems (aided in their performance by substantial roof and porch overhangs to shade the glazing from direct sunlight for the majority of the day throughout all seasons)
  • High performance Heating and Air-conditioning systems
  • Low water consumption plumbing fixtures

About M Gooden Design

Our vision is strong, so is our heart. We lead the design process with inspiration and excitement.

Our collaborative, transparent design process guides our choices and recommendations during programming, concept development, product selection, detailing, and material specification.


The process begins with spending time with our clients, where together we understand project goals and parameters, gather inspiration images, define the program requirements - including the “must-haves” and “wish list” items - and ultimately, discover the project’s identity.


The design phase is full of exploration. Using 2D space planning, 3D modeling, and emerging technologies, we develop a curated and appropriate scheme. We intently focus on site-specific planning, massing, orientation, and materials, as we bring our client’s vision into reality.


We will work with a reliable group of engineers and consultants to develop the required documentation for permitting and construction. Our team will work hard to ensure all the details and consultants are fully coordinated to uphold the architectural integrity and design intent of the project.


Our team seeks to partner with the most trusted construction experts in the area. We will facilitate introductions between the client and contractor to help determine the best suited for the project. Our value during the pre-construction phase includes vetting and verifying contractor pricing and guiding the bid negotiation process.


We take pride in creating clear, comprehensive permit and construction documents. We believe that a contractor needs the proper manual to successfully execute a vision. We provide a thorough set of documents in order to eliminate guesswork and to establish expectations. Through extensive code study and experience, our team efficiently navigates the complex permitting process with the city to ensure the project proceeds on track.


Our team will remain closely engaged during the construction process. You’ll find us observing progress on site, providing details and information to the contractor, reviewing shop drawings, reinforcing the schedule, and protecting the design intent through completion.

Our studio specializes in authentic, content-driven solutions informed by the natural environment, balancing bold expression and creative restraint. We create buildings that are honest, highly-crafted, thoughtful, and uniquely beautiful.

Address3720 Canton St Suite 102, Dallas, TX 75226, United States
Phone+1 214-932-9121

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PV14 - 2 Story 3 Bedroom Shipping Container Home, Dallas, Texas