2 Story L-Shaped Shipping Container Office Building, Mexico

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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

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ProjectXiangxiangxiang Boutique Container Hotel
ArchitectsTongheshanzhi Landscape Design Co
Area5000 m²
LocationChangzhi, 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.

Squirrel Park - AIA Award-Winning Project - Four Single-Family Shipping Container Homes (1400 square feet each), Oklahoma City

Drawings/Floor plans
About Allford Hall Monaghan Morris - Architect
About SMITH Design Company - General Contractor

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.

Description by architects

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 Modular Village by Containerwerk, Germany

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About Containerwerk
"My Home" contact info

ProjectMy Home
Designer and BuilderContainerwerk
ArchitectWeekender Architekten
ClientWohnen auf Zeit MAX Wertheim GmbH
Area26 sqm (280 sqft)
Installation Time3 days
LocationWertheim, Germany
PhotographyStefan 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.