The 404

No, this is not an error as the name may imply; it is in fact Nashville’s newest and smallest hotel. A collaboration between owner Mark Banks and Architect Nick Dryden, The 404 has emerged as a pearl within a sea of urbanization. When one visualizes a boutique hotel nestled within a dense city landscape, the words “infill” and “midrise” probably come to mind. What won’t come to mind is the word “auto shop”, which is exactly what was utilized to spawn this unique venue. Continue reading



The G-Pod, designed by architect Dan Sparks, is not your average shipping container home. This transformative building comes fully equipped. The re-purposed container shells are smartly outfitted to fulfill every need for compact living off the grid. This makes them useful in many situations from urban to remote. Of course their ability to ship easily, rapidly, and globally makes them a fast housing solution. Continue reading


Snack Box

It’s difficult to grab attention in the vibrant bustle of NYC’s Times Square. Yet Aedifica has done just that in particularly clever ways. In creating a pop-up restaurant, they took a shipping container, 20 feet in length, and decked it out for show-stopping performances. Continue reading


Royal Wolf Outdoor Room

One of Australasia’s largest container provider, Royal Wolf, has launched a new lifestyle product called Outdoor Room. It’s actually a traditional shipping container transformed into an extra living space, whether a home office or retreat, studio or guestroom.

It’s certainly not the first container conversion we’ve seen however it is the first initiative, at least that I know of, of a large container provider, and in my opinion this is great news. Hopefully this initiative will further promote this affordable and portable accommodation solution. Continue reading


Sauna Box: shipping container for sweaty sessions

The uses for shipping containers once their travels have ended are a source for unlimited creativity. This is a refreshing and revitalizing transformation that utilizes the structural stability and mobility of the container. This 8’ by 8’ by 8’ retired corrugated metal cube has been converted, by New York-based Castor Design, in to a sauna. Continue reading

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The Pool Box: steel container reborn as a stylish pool

We’ve already seen shipping containers converted into houses, cabins and offices, however this time the direction is even simpler yet so cool, especially in the summertime.

This pool is refreshing on so many levels. In its previous life the 22’ x 7’ steel container was a dumpster. New Orleans based architect Stefan Beese transformed it in to a luxurious and able-to-be-relocated swimming pool. The 30 cubic yard container was not only recycled but reborn with style. Continue reading


Royal Wolf HQ: a landmark for recycled shipping containers


Once again recycled shipping containers prove their worth. This time as an amazing building complex serving as the administrative and office site of the industrial company Royal Wolf in Victoria, Australia. Designed by Room 11, this is a pure manifest of how to efficiently adapt an industrial object – like a shipping container – to a higher function. Continue reading


Tony’s Farm: organic shipping containers


Tony’s Farm is a large organic food farm in Shanghai, China. It resides in a unique building made of 78 shipping containers – Eco-friendly architecture for a sustainable building. A clear fusion between function and form, where biological production of vegetables and fruits takes place inside a piece of recycled architecture. Continue reading


Low Cost House: container modules for a home

In South Korea, a family of seven stood behind the development of an ingenious project with a very tight budget. A single-story home of 100sqm was carefully designed with various prefabricated materials. Recycled shipping containers assume the main role in the construction, minimizing time and waste of material. A pitched roof structure shelters a composition of three container modules: one for the service areas – kitchen and bathroom – while the other two serve as living and sleeping areas. Continue reading


Mesocore Homes: a new kind of prefab


As an Eco-friendly architecture buff I was glad to hear about a new kind of prefab called Mesocore Homes. It’s actually an interesting hybrid combo consisting of a shipping container and prefabricated components. This unique house ships as a 20′ container, but once placed at the final building site it expands to a 1000 sq ft green sustainable home with off the grid capabilities. Continue reading