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Sige&Honey Duplex

Mimicking the look of a two-story container home, this modern duplex would be a cool enough bit of architecture in its own right. But throw in a detached office/studio space build from an actual self-contained shipping container and things really get awesome. Continue reading

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Flying Box Villa

What’s better than a shipping container home that doesn’t look like one? How about a container home that redefines everything we thought we knew about prefabricated design? That’s exactly what we have with the aptly named Flying Box Villa by French architecture firm 2A Design. This small modern home is a visual blur – an aesthetic tour de force that is as unique as it is functional. Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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