Casa Conteiner RD - 3 Bedroom Shipping Container Home, Brazil

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About KS arquitetos

Project: Casa Conteiner RD
Architects: KS arquitetos
Bedrooms: 3
Location: Porto Alegre, Brazil
Area: 350 sqm (3767 qsft)
Year: 2018
Photographs: Marcelo Donadussi
Manufacturers: Deca, Docol, Eliane, Beaulieu
Structural project: Manuel Barreras
Collaboration: Helmut Radke, Fabiano Sturmer
Precast structures: ASPM
Metal structures: Radke Industrial Solutions
Finishes: Elevato
Furniture: Radke Industrial Solutions

Casa Conteiner RD 3 Bedroom Shipping Container Home is born from the intimacy of its owner with metallic structures: metallurgist by profession, dreamed of acting in the construction of his own house, together with his team, putting into practice industrial solutions in a context of conventional works. The idea of ​​reusing and reframing shipping containers, which are ready-made and highly resistant structures, went straight to the will of the architectural firm to develop an unusual project.

Another major factor that guided the choice of materials was the optimization of the work, both in time and ease of assembly processes, differing greatly from traditional masonry and reinforced concrete. In principle, the use of shipping containers in constructions happens in very rational propositions, side by side or stacked, due to the ease of handling these modules.

Starting from the great structural potential that each container has, the formal concept of Casa Conteiner RD emerged: stacked but rotated structures, promoting great balances and unusual moments. The inspiration came during a survey when designers saw an iconic image of a large ship, full of containers, all piled up in disarray.

The 3 bedroom shipping container home is located in a hill of Porto Alegre, one of the highest points in the city. The landscape unfolds through the large windows towards a preservation area next to the lot, in the swinging and rotating volume of the master suite overlooks the Guaíba River and its unforgettable sunset. Various locations of containers in different directions  provides different landscape views. In addition to the orientation and location aspects, the lot has more design issues than commonly found in urban lots.

Its shape has allowed all these rotating movements to happen so that the house's implantation does not come so close to the lot borders. The 3 bedroom shipping container home is comfortably set apart, maintaining family intimacy despite so many exterior openings that provide cross ventilation.

The land also has a steep slope, configuring a half-ground floor, where is the garage / workshop located. This volume, due to the contact with the ground, was made in precast concrete structure, keeping the standard and industrial logic of the construction. In the facades, it was decided to take advantage of the aesthetics of the shipping container itself, keeping the metallic structure apparent. Even the main entrance door of the residence is made with two original doors of shipping containers.

Internally, to ensure thermo-acoustic quality, the walls and ceilings were covered with plasterboard, while flooring, after leveling with OSB plates and smoothing layer, received vinyl flooring. Some inner walls reveal the raw structure, keeping and remembering that the unusual house is a large tower of overlapping shipping containers.

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About KS arquitetos

“We walk in a context that expresses, at every step, a constant urgency for changes and adaptations. At every corner you can see, at different scales, the rush of construction and renovation. In this environment, sometimes put aside, resides a tired architecture, conformed to the impositions of the market and thought.

Our vision goes beyond the idea of a simple construction erected by concrete on foundations. We value values consistent with the reality of each project. We believe that the architectural differential is the union of three forces: the concept, the functionality and the viability, allied to each client's goal. We aim for a result that qualifies the city, the architecture and the life. ”

AddressAv. Otto Niemeyer, 225 - Bairro Tristeza, Brazil
Phone(51) 3414-2002
(51) 3377-8936

Manufacturers and builders


Sanitary ware manufacturer and supplier in São Paulo, Brazil

AddressAv. Brasil, 1589 - São Paulo - SP CEP 01430-001, Brazil
Deca Design Space Phone(11) 3088-2744
Customer Service (retail, wholesale and construction) Phone0800-012-0133
Telesales Phone 10800-0121-323
Telesales Phone 2(48) 3621-0590
Telesales Phone 3(48) 3621-0592
Customer Service - SAC Phone0800-011-7073


We are Eliane, the company that best understands ceramic tiles in Brazil. We are working to anticipate tomorrow while thinking in the present and connecting with the future.

AddressR. Maximiliano Gaidzinki, 245 - Centro, Cocal do Sul - SC, 88845-000, Brazil
Phone+55 48 3447-7777


Docol contributes to the conscious use of water with design, comfort, quality and technology, generating value for society, employees and shareholders.

AddressAv. Edmundo Doubrawa, 1001 Zona Industrial Norte, 89219-502 - Joinville/SC, Brazil
Phone 10800 474 333
Phone 20800 474 900

Radke Industrial Solutions

Metal structures and furniture.

It is a service company, founded in 2011, located in Porto Alegre, which offers solutions based on Quality and Agility.

AddressRua Vitor Valpirio, 235, CEP: 90200-230 - Porto Alegre/RS, Brazil
Phone 151 3898-3792 - 3508-4663
Phone 251 3508-4663


Elevato specializes in flooring and finishing, combining expert service, variety and exclusivity in over 150 brands.

AddressAv. Dr. Nilo Peçanha, 713 - Petrópolis, Porto Alegre - RS, 90510-040, Brazil
Phone+55 51 3333-8200

Casa Conteiner RD - 3 Bedroom Shipping Container Home, Brazil