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


Holiday Cabana: architecture built by soldiers

Isn’t it just perfect when architects turn wasted materials into a magical inhabitable building? Even more exciting when the result is simply outstanding, born from the hands of no trained skilled construction team.

Built for a lieutenant, Holiday Cabana was constructed without skilled labor, employing soldiers under the architect’s instruction. Very unconventional, don’t you agree? The reason for such a peculiar set of circumstances came from the location – a training camp in Sri Lanka. Continue reading


Container Studio: a black pearl in a forest

Recycled shipping containers always surprise us with their unique versatility and ability to shelter any kind of program… In New York, an artist has a special studio made out of this outstanding prefab.

Once again, low budgets often lead to brilliant solutions: Container Studio consists of a simple structure (78 sq. m. of total area) featuring two modular shipping containers positioned next to each other on a foundation wall. Continue reading


Two-tree house: among Jerusalem pine trees

Simplicity is one of the most audacious challenges that any architect can have. The Two-tree house shows us how this goal is always possible, and when it happens simply leaves no one indifferent! Why does it work? Let’s find out the main reason for the birth of this amazing prefab home. Continue reading


Containers of Hope: the beast turns into the beauty

In Sao Jose, Costa Rica, a small house made out of recycled shipping containers illustrates how design can be an important device providing comfort at a very low budget!

The challenge for this house was clear: less would have to be inevitably more. So the use of prefab structures became a crucial premise in this architectonic experience. But how can an industrial cold steel container give any kind of hope for such a fine project to be successful? Let me tell you about the process behind this incredible metamorphosis! Continue reading


Container Guest House: Live Easily

You don’t have enough room to accommodate your guests? Take a shipping container, place it in your garden and refurbish it as a home for guests. Just like the initiators of the next project did. As a result of their cooperation with the architects, they now can enjoy this cute metal addition as a guest house. Big windows, an outdoor space in the form of a narrow terrace, and even a canopy with street lamps: all the attributes necessary for a small home away from home. Continue reading


Sugoroku Office: Industrial Soul

This unique urban container office and living space belongs to daiken-met architects in Gifu, Japan. It’s approx 1,198 sq. ft. in size and consists of 7 shipping containers which are held together by a steel mobile frame. Continue reading


The Shipping Container House: Prefab Can Inspire

You might think this elegantly modern 1,517 sq. ft. house, in Nederland, Colorado, has nothing to do with prefabricated structures. Yet, not only are two prefab volumes used here, they also determine the planning scheme and the space organization of the house. The primary architects’ idea was to take two long shipping containers and put them onto the plot with a certain distance and angle between them. This was the crucial decision which resulted in an outstanding lay-out. Continue reading


Future Shack: building a house in 24 hours

Imagine there´s a house for emergency, made out of recycled shipping containers. The Future Shack can be described as fully recyclable and self-sustainable piece of architecture!

Australian architect, Sean Godsell, developed a prototype house that has applications for a variety of needs, for example homeless people, victims of natural disasters, third world housing, or simply as temporary housing in any part of the world. Continue reading