3x Shipping Container Home: it’s a kind of magic

Do you believe in magic? The following project will show you the power of magic in architecture. Recycling old shipping containers for a variety of needs is today’s trend, especially when the source of the new construction is left exposed as a manifest of its flexibility. 3x Shipping Container Home presents a different approach to prefab architecture, as container units serve as the structural framework but the final building doesn’t show any kind of reference to its recycled structure. Continue reading


10 Modern Container Houses To Inspire You

Affordable homes can be modernly chic – and green too! – as recycled shipping containers are becoming the next building blocks of architecture. Check out our favorite top 10 container houses from around the world.

Shipping container homes -  Modernly chic and green container house in France

A real point of interest can be found in France in the form of a beautiful cross-shaped family home constructed from four colorful shipping containers.
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Shipping Container Gives and Takes a Recess

The life of a shipping container is typically not glamorous. Packed to its gills, these containers travel across the globe among up to as many as 15,000 similar containers on a large ship. Once their cargo is unloaded, they’re most often left at the port where they arrived. In the case of Sleeping Around – a shipping container hotel along the river Schelde – that port is Antwerp, Belgium. Continue reading


Magnificent HQ: A Green Shipping Container Studio


Recycled shipping containers can be a box full of surprises for architects. Located in Hackney City Farm, Magnificent HQ is the headquarters of a non-profit organization called Magnificent Revolution. Created from a converted shipping container, this multipurpose space serves as a studio for creativity and learning. The space demonstrates and teaches energy efficiency principles, beginning with its own example as a prototype. Continue reading


Temporary Container Housing: fighting adversity


Sometimes, exceptional situations lead to outstanding results: Temporary Container Housing is one of these surprising solutions for natural disasters. This multi-story housing project provides 188 homes in Onagawa for those left homeless by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. The most remarkable detail about this building lies in the use of recycled shipping containers, a mass-produced global module conceived to be transported worldwide by trains, ships and trucks. Continue reading


House Extension: two containers and nothing more


In Nantes, France there’s a wonderful example of how to merge recycled containers with existing architecture: House extension. The request for a small extension for a suburban 1960’s house lead to a pragmatic solution that takes full advantage of the mass produced module designed for transportation worldwide: steel shipping containers. Continue reading


Container Offices: a reusable space for work


While practicing architecture, limited budget doesn’t necessarily mean poor results… On the contrary, Container Offices were conceived under these circumstances and the outcome couldn’t be more perfect!

Two printing companies bought a former textile warehouse with 4.000sqm, a giant space to be properly adjusted to different functions and image. So, the design concept was based on a very pragmatic solution: rather than building a brand new construction in the warehouse, thirteen shipping containers were recycled and assembled in order to house the new program. Continue reading


The Savannah Project: two containers = a house

When wood structures and recycled shipping containers are perfectly combined, a thin line is magically drawn between two opposite worlds: organic and industrial. The Savannah project illustrates the merging of these different realities into a single living space. The result: a contemporary green home created with two 3.7sqm recycled containers. Continue reading


Beach Refuge: recycled containers with ocean views


Refuge is – by common definition – a place or state of safety. In Huentelauquen, Chile it’s called paradise…Beach Refuge represents a small project for a holiday home based upon a restricted number of premises: low budget and a conscious sense of Eco-friendly values. How can all these different principles determinate the development of such a challenging architectonic exercise? Only 24sqm of constructed area were necessary to create a tiny beach shelter: a recycled container is lifted from the sand along with a wooden deck terrace. Continue reading


Container Home Box: all around the world


Imagine a house capable of being erected in any part of the world. Home Box is the answer for such an incredible task. To turn it even more perfect, this tiny building can also serve as temporary housing or even hotel programs. What’s the secret behind the apparent universality of Home Box? A simple key element: by respecting the internationally standardized freight container, this small building can be transported around the world and assembled with standard lifting and transport systems for containers. Continue reading