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 Cumulus Studio
About Devil's Corner Winery

ProjectDevil's Corner
ArchitectsCumulus Studio
LocationSherbourne Road, Apslawn, AUS-7190 Tasmania, Australia

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.

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

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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

ArchitectCamila Ulloa
LocationValparaiso, Chile

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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BuildersMathias Beer, Erik Wedlund and Peter Wedlund
Containers4x40 ft HC
Area108 sq m (1162 sq ft)
Lot size3 600 sq m
Rooms5 rooms (2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms)
Project cost170 000 Euro
LocationSoderbykarl, Norrtalje, Sweden
PhotographyHenrik 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.


- 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


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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About Danilo Corbas

ArchitectDanilo Corbas
Area196 sqm (2100 sqft)
Containers4x40 ft HC
LocationGranja Viana, Cotia, São Paulo, Brazil
PhotosPlínio 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).

Lindendale Luxury Shipping Container Home, NSW, Australia

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About Container Build Group

Designer and builderContainer Build Group
LocationLindendale, NSW, Australia
Containers14x20 ft
Building Time10 weeks
Installation Time5 hours

Description from builders.

It’s not just money that builds a great house. Sometimes, what it takes is a bit of money and a ton of creativity and innovation.

Shipping container homes have been called “living in a box.” And although they are literally metal boxes, they are far from looking and feeling like one if you are creative and innovative enough.

The latest project of CBG, The Lindendale, exemplifies such creativity and out-of-the-box thinking when it comes to shipping container home building.

The Lindendale is a luxury shipping container home that has been inspired and designed by a local client. Configured with 14 X 20 FT shipping containers, it has top end fittings and finishes to contrast the bold look of the containers.

That’s the beauty of working with shipping containers. You can group each container to create a yet bigger space; a size that will suit your needs.

Our clients for The Lindendale project were very particular with what they wanted, not just in terms of size but on how it should look like. They wanted a home that exudes an industrial look and feel. This is exactly what you will see throughout the interior of the house.

But shipping container homes are not confined to just one look. You can turn it into any style you want. You can make it look trendy, simple, luxurious, modern, sleek. There is really no limit to what you can do with customized container homes.

At CBG, we pride ourselves in pushing boundaries on what is possible with container construction.  Full-custom options and complete service from design to fabrication to installation are available for our clients.

We can assure you that we can complete and deliver your dream home according to your specifications.

The speed of completion is another aspect where container homes easily beat traditional home building. To give you an idea, the total time frame to complete this home from start to finish took less than 10 weeks.

The containers were all completed in our factory, delivered to the site and installed within five hours.

Beautiful Two Shipping Container Home in Montana

2x40 ft off-grid container home

About Ty Kelly

Architect Ty Kelly
Location Montana
Containers 2x40ft
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1
Price (2017) $125,000
Year 2013
Area 720 sqft

Wanting to disconnect from the stresses of a hyper connected life in Seattle, architect and builder Ty Kelly built a beautiful two shipping container home that allowed him to live off grid in style in Montana. The modern structure, which was sold in 2017 for $125,000, is made out of two shipping containers, renovated into a lovely 720 square foot container home built with reclaimed materials as well as some seriously cool handmade finishings done by the architect himself.

Unique modern two shipping container home has one bedroom and one bathroom, featuring clean, contemporary style with floor to ceiling glass.

Features include wood burning stove, IKEA kitchen and bathroom cabinets, hand made butcher block counters, mosaic tile walk-in shower, cedar plank siding, Corbond spray-foam insulation, electric in-wall heaters, contemporary fixtures/appliances/faucets, reclaimed wood throughout and recessed overhead lighting.

The container house feels much larger than it actually is, in part because of it's open layout, as well as the all-glass wall which brings the outdoors in.  Another admiral quality is the use of reclaimed and recycled material. Not only the containers themselves, but many of the interior finishes were salvaged from other places, such as the butcher block countertops, redwood flooring and wood wall panels.

Shipping Containers in Tropical Island House, Lombok, Indonesia

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About architect

ProjectClay House, Seven Havens Residence
ArchitectBudi Pradono
LocationSelong Belanak, Lombok, Indonesia

Shipping containers in this tropical island house in Lombok (Indonesia) appears to be slipping away from the rooftop of the residence. Clay House is built on a green hill in a beachside area Selong Belanak, in the southern West Nusa Tenggara province of an Indonesian Lombok island east of Bali.

The tropical island house is made up of two volumes set on concrete pillars to rise above surrounding tropical landscape and face towards the beautiful Indian Ocean. Seven Havens Residence is the name was given to the house by the owner.

The surroundings are currently undeveloped and architects say the shipping containers island house will be become a landmark in this place.

"In the presence of this location on the hill of course we have to be careful because this building will automatically become an icon of the surrounding environment," said the Budi Pradono architects.

Two shipping containers are placed at the highest point of the building, and are angled upward at 60 degrees to create a large space in the master bedroom. High ceiling allows a big window with glass doors that open to a wide terrace. The exterior of the tropical island house is painted white to reflect the sunlight and avoid overheating of the building constructions.

The shipping containers were sourced from a sea port of a nearby island; the containers still bear a "7h" orange logo. Building materials are cheap and local sourced. The clay for the walls was collected in the Lombok island, 20 kilometres from the building site and treated with a mixture of cement, sand, cow dung, and straw. To prevent overheating in the humid and hot climate the walls were built 30 centimetres thick.

Internal cladding was made using flattened bamboo. To make most of bamboo starch stay in the plant roots, the bamboo was harvested at night when no photosynthesis process was taking place. Bamboo then underwent a preservation process, which included submersion in a salt sea water for 60 days and after this a coating of paint. Other exposed natural materials were used throughout the tropical island house to complement the interior, like stone tiling and heavy wooden furniture.

Kaloorup Shipping Container House, WA, Australia

9x40ft containers home

About Lanigan Architects

Owner and BuilderSteve Hick
ArchitectLanigan Architects
Area370 sqm (3980 sqft)
LocationKaloorup, Western Australia

The Kaloorup Shipping Container House is a project that Steve Hick is undertaking in the south west of Western Australia. Nine 40ft containers are being used for the structure. Recycling where possible using native hardwoods (Jarrah) for cladding and decking.  The cladding and darker tones are being used to help the house blend in with the surrounding bushland. Large double glazed glass panels are being used where possible to retain warmth through the cooler months and secondary colourbond roofing to act as a second skin protecting the inhabitants from unwanted heat transfer in summer. The project is the first legal container house structure in the southern capes Margaret River area and is close to completion.

Interview with the architect

What did the client ask you for?

Friends of mine had a rural block in the Margaret River region. They wanted to put a more substantial home on the block using sea containers. I thought it was a great opportunity to do something creative that achieved their goals but could be something really special and beautiful to be a part of.

So we widened our thinking to consider a master plan, including channelling the natural springwater into a dam and planning future chalets in the surrounding bushland.

How does this sit within your overall view architecture and life?

I really feel that a building has to fit, not only into its surroundings but also to suit the nature of its owners. The owner of this property is a fairly handy guy with access to friends who had more specialised skills, as well as a whole lot of recycled materials. Things like reclaimed local Jarrah, double glazed window units, cladding etc. We wanted to put these resources and talents to good use so the palette of materials and building methodology evolved from what was immediately available.

How did you make the containers work for this build?

The logical structure would just be to place one container on top of the other, but we wanted to do something literally outside of that box. Right from the start I saw an opportunity to spread out on a site to create a sculptural building sat in a broader, natural context not contained within traditional suburban boundaries. So each container is articulated to stand partly alone, rather than as a stacked piece. They make great building blocks and with some modifications can accommodate any room. Spaces are also created between the containers and areas of the house slot into and around them.

Downstairs there are 2 dorms, upstairs the open plan living area leads to a huge elevated timber deck overlooking the dam. Linked off these spaces are 2 similar master pods with robes, bedrooms, master ensuite.

The containers are still identifiable in their original form. Why is that?

I never wanted to fully subvert the containers, I wanted to express them in some way so as to retain a trace of their original purpose. While the upstairs is clad in beautiful materials, downstairs you can still see the sea containers which pay homage to their origin. The front doors are actually the sea container doors which can lock up the whole place.

What were some of the challenges you faced in the design and build process?

There is a certain limitation that unaltered sea containers have based on their dimensions. We had to re-think how these worked in the context of a home. The modular nature forces you to get creative about how larger areas will work. Configuration and the linking of spaces that are atypical allowed new ideas to emerge. One of these is the cantilevered upper level of containers. This adds to the architecture rather than constraining it.

The structure was built by the owner rather than engaging a builder. This is sometimes a challenge in maintaining the integrity of the intended design, but although he didn't have a building background his passion and determination to take something potentially mundane and make the extraordinary was amazing. He got his hands dirty! But his meticulous execution and ability to stay true to the original vision has brought the design to life.

How do you feel about the resulting home?

I'm really pleased. It's an amazing showcase of a varied skills and like-minds coming together. The architectural design creates excitement and anticipation as you glimpse it through the bush-land on approach, where it sits like an elegant Ark in the landscape. From the minute a guest gets their first look, the desire to explore and see what's around each corner reveals so many unexpected vistas and surprises.

Do you think we will see more such homes in the future?

This type of design has a lot of potential. For a start you are reusing existing materials. They can be reused over and over again. Interest is increasing due to the practicality, low structural cost. They are capable of becoming well-insulated units with the right treatment. All the windows are double glazed. Speed of the build is another great benefit, the containers were craned into place all in one day. Obliviously fit-out took a lot longer. But it means that you could potentially create very affordable housing in a suburban context.

VillaFiona is Lanigan Architects first non-urban work.

Shipping Container Homes (Sacramento, CA; Las Vegas, NV; Zion, UT) by Alternative Living Spaces

Tiny and cozy container homes

About Alternative Living Spaces

Alternative Living Spaces designs and builds simple and luxury shipping container homes targeting customers who want a cozy backyard unit to use for additional rental income or people looking to use a shipping container home as a guesthouse or luxury primary residence. Container home price starts at $36,000 and includes 20 ft shipping container. Interior design can be completely customizable. Usually container units feature a kitchen, a bathroom with shower, some sort of dining and work space, and a living room that can be converted into a sleeping area.

Shipping Containers in Porcelain Gallery Project, London

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Project Porcelain Gallery
Design  Simon Astridge Architecture Workshop
Year 2017
Location 45 Leather Ln, London
Containers 4
Photographer Nicholas Worley

This project is the first new build office to be approved with shipping containers construction within a Conservation area in central London. The containers are sprayed hues of red and yellow to match the original glazed bricks of the surrounding Listed Buildings.

Simon Astridge (on the project): "I want my clients to walk into a space and not be able to keep their hands in their pockets. I want them to touch the different hues, textures and colours of the tiled products. I want them to run their fingers over the walls and the floor. The porcelain gallery project allowed us to achieve our goals of sensorial architecture. Attention was paid to encompassing the rich history of Hatton Garden within the design, with the use of shipping containers representing the industrial heritage through to smaller details such as the antique light fittings and custom display cabinets designed to mimic and communicate the significance of the jewellery workshops still prevalent in the area.

The project is rooted within its context by orientating towards a mature locust tree and with the colours of the shipping containers taken from the surrounding grade listed buildings and classical red and yellow hues of London brick. Our celebratory concept for everything the visitor touches to be clay starts as soon as they enter the gallery with the gentle touch of the ceramic buzzer, this concept extends throughout the project with everything from the extruded stair handrail to the slender door handles being made from 100% natural clay. We meticulously designed all the pieces and their unique glazes with our ceramicist Emma Louise Payne."

Floating Shipping Container Home with Heat Pump - Urban Rigger by Bjarke Ingels Group

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ProjectUrban Rigger
DesignBjarke Ingels Group
Area300 m²
LocationCopenhagen, Denmark

Description from designers

Urban Rigger is a unique, design protected, patented, floating, flexible, CO2 neutral and mobile property totaling 680 , which is spread over 300  of housing (9 + 3 individual student residence a respectively. 23  – 27 ), a 160  common green courtyard, Kayak landing, Bathing platform, BBQ area, as well as 65  communal roof terrace. Downstairs below sea level, the 230  pontoon (basement), Comprising: 12 storage rooms, technical room and common fully automated laundry.

Designers utilize up-cycled shipping containers to create floating shipping container home.

Shipping container is probably the most optimised infrastructure on the planet. The container system is a uniform system that is used in every continent. Shipping containers are accessible everywhere. The problem arises when shipping container reaches the end of its lifecycle. Depending on global steel prices, shipping containers are either abandoned or melted down. If shipping container is melted down, it will have consumed 8.5 megawatt in its life cycle. So instead of recycling, we are banking on up cycling. In other words, continuing the container’s life cycle in a different way. It costs as little as 450 kilowatts and it does away with the approximately 1,100 tonnes of CO2 required to build a new, traditional home. By revitalizing these old structures we help to maintain a low environmental impact of Urban Riggers.

Sustainable Materials Approach

We want to do our best to preserve our natural capital. The material lifecycle perspective is considered in all our constructions, inside as well as outside. Healthy materials are chosen to create a good indoor climate. Our partners and their technologies are playing a key role in generating heating and cooling, while ensuring internal climate comfort and keeping energy use to a minimum. Instead of using traditional, bulky insulation materials, we are using at aerogel, which was developed for space travel and Aluthermo reflective insulation. It is a form of insulation consisting of thin aluminium foil made from recycled aluminium derived from beer and soda cans, for example.

Social responsibility and Socially responsible graduates

The Urban Rigger floating shipping container home project is primarely developed as student residence. Young people who want to make something of themselves, who have clear ideas about the planet and the future, who want to live close to their friends and their place of education.

5 Finish and Material Considerations for Your Prefab Container Home

Container homes offer incredible versatility when it comes to home décor options and finishing styles.
The rudimentary design essentially offers a blank canvas for you to decorate in a way that reflects your
unique lifestyle. There are many options when it comes to creating a pleasing surface appearance for
your container home. Consider these 5 finish and material selections when creating your ideal living

Bamboo Panels

Bamboo panels are a fantastic choice for creating a flattering interior wall space. This option strikes a lovely balance of invoking an eco-friendly atmosphere while also displaying a modern aesthetic, resulting in a timeless décor choice that simply won’t go out of style. Available in a spectrum of colors, bamboo panels feature a very subtle wood grain that complements a variety of interior décor. Select a dark, rich tone for a lavish appearance, or try a more blonde color to create a light and airy space.

Copia Eco Cabins: Two 40 ft Container Home in Bot Rivier valley by Berman-Kalil, South Africa

2x40 ft shipping container home

About Berman-Kalil

Project: Copia Eco Cabins
Design: Berman-Kalil
Containers: 2x40 ft
Location: Bot Rivier valley, South Africa

Made from two 40-foot shipping containers, the Copia Eco Cabins has a level of finish that beats out the average container conversion. The corrugated metal  shipping containers exterior has been painted a sleek black, accented by sections covered with bark-stripped branches — lending a dash of nature and horizontal line to the design.

This double 40 ft container home has everything you’d expect to find including gas water heating, off-grid solar electricity, wood-fired hot tub, fireplace and deck with sweeping views of the valley.

Sustainable Modular Container House with Roof Terrace and Garden for Rooftop Organic Farming

6x20ft containers home

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Project Lettuce House, Sustainable Living Laboratory
Area 88.5 sqm (952 sq ft)
Containers 6
Location Shunyi, Beijing, China
Year 2014
ArchitectsHE Ding, KONG Lingchen, WANG Wei
Sustainable Design LIU Xin, CHEN Weiran, HU Yechang, SU Yurong, YANG Xu, XU Zhetong, YOU Wanrong
Client Niu Jian
Project Cost218,000 yuan (34,000 USD)
Photography LI Minfei

Sustainable Modular Container House with Roof Terrace and Garden for Rooftop Organic Farming

Description from the architects.

Sustainable Lifestyle Lab established by the Sustainable Design Institute of Arts and Science research center, Tsinghua University and Participatory Community Development Center. The sustainable modular container house with roof terrace and garden for rooftop organic farming composed of six containers, which applied low-carbon, healthy and green philosophy to real life, so as to let more people to understand and participate in it.


Due to some restrictions, the construction time frame must be very short, and the house design should be efficient and recyclable. So the design team chose modular container house with roof terrace and garden for rooftop organic farming. The box structure, windows, doors, roofs, walls and floors are prefabricated in the factory.

Space and Function

The house composed of six containers (6055mm*2435mm*2790mm), using ‘modular design’ idea: Each box inside is a standard space unit with different functions. Different combination patterns form various function space. The container house includes three bedrooms, exhibition space, a storage room, a kitchen and a bathroom. The entrance container is located at an angle of 90 degrees to other five containers, forming a courtyard.

Environmental Friendliness

The production cost of this sustainable modular container house with roof terrace and garden for rooftop organic farming, is low, and the container is energy saving, low-carbon and reusable. It can be transported conveniently and the transportation cost is very low. The container house construction process is easy, quick, and resource-saving, with less noise and dust pollution.

Eco-circle system includes:

  • sewage collection, treatment, re-use: the reclaimed water system;
  • kitchen waste, excreta collection, treatment, re-use: biogas digester;
  • solar energy, wind energy and rainwater utilization;
  • organic farming.

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