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15 Containers turned designer homes

Shipping containers aren’t known for their glam factor - but these 15 shipping containers turned designer homes might just change your perception of these humble steel structures.

1 Containers Of Hope Residence



Situated in San Jose, Costa Rica, Benjamin Garcia Saxe had only $40 000 to create this cosy 92 square meters space from two 12 meters long shipping containers. Using creativity he showed that you don’t a large budget to create a container home project.

2  Colorado Shipping Container Home



Studio H-T didn’t use containers to create the entire residence, instead they added two containers to the exterior of the existing structure. The innovation doesn’t stop there - the home also features roof mounted solar panels and passive cooling to just name a few things. 

3 Six-Unit Shipping Container Home



This amazing home took two years to complete and features six containers criss-crossing each other. The home in Flagstaff, Arizona has concrete floors, large glass windows, rooftop terrace, industrial finishes and red brick stairs. 

4 Maison Container Life Residence



Another instance of multiple shipping containers being used, the Maison Container Life project was designed by French architect Patrick Partouche. There are 8 different containers, creating 207.92 square meters of living space. This residence took just three days to build, although they did have some help from some very large cranes.

5 Colorful in Sao Paulo



Rather than build the actual home from shipping containers, renowned Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan chose to integrate massive, vibrantly colored containers to the mix by stacking them all throughout the living space.

6 Shipping Container Guest House



Guest houses are typically small anyway, so why not build yours from a recycled shipping container? Designed by the team at Poteet Architects, this modern living space spans 33.44 square meters, and has everything one would need from a living room and study area, right down to the bathroom and patio.

7 Mojave Desert Oasis



Built by the folks at Ectotech Design, this is is the first ever shipping container residence to be constructed in the Mojave Desert. The 213 square meter home, also known as the Tim Palen Studio at Shadow Mountain, is located near Joshua Tree, and encompasses six shipping containers along with pre-engineered steel components. The home includes one bedroom along with 1.5 bathrooms.


8 San Francisco Shipping Container Office



Okay so technically it’s not a shipping container home, but the use of containers for this project could not be overlooked. Seeing that they have a large open space in their San Francisco loft, couple Jeff Wardell and Claudia Sagan placed 2 shipping containers right off the living room. One container serves as a guest house, while the other serves as a fully functional home office.

9 Stacked Home in Spain



Located in El Tiemblo, Spain his project materialized back in 2010, and still looks great to this day. There are 4 different 40-foot shipping containers making up the 185.81 square meter of living space. The project was designed by James & Mau Arquitectura while Infinski actually built it out.

10 Savannah Woods 



A young couple residing in the woodsy town of Savannah, Georgia commissioned Price Street Projects for this tiny home. While it might not look like much from the outside, the white walls, dark floors and skylights provide a nice modern touch throughout the dwelling.

11 Six Oaks Residence



Looking to create the ultimate getaway in the Santa Cruz Mountains, a local family hired David Fenster of Modulus in sunny California to build this beauty. Fenster went with darker containers than many of the projects on this list, and situated the home atop an old railway that now serves as an underground escape route during an emergency.

12 Redondo Beach House



Located just north of us in Los Angeles, this stunning home did a standup job combining traditional building materials with prefabricated shipping containers. Built as a collaboration project between DeMaria Design and Logical Homes, this residence has everything one could ever ask for – including close proximity to the beach.

13 Port-A-Bach Home



Designed to be inexpensive and portable, the Port-A-Bach is the exact picture that comes to mind when we think of storage container dwellings. The tiny home was built back in 2007 by the team at Atelier Workshop, and features a double bed alongside 2 fold out bunk beds, providing sleeping quarters for up to 4 people. Unfolding the boxy home provides a nice deck to enjoy to enjoy everything the great outdoors has to offer.

14 Shipping Container Complex in Scotland



Taking a different approach than many on the list, Edo Architecture was commissioned to design an entire complex of rentable shipping container residences in Cove Park, Scotland. The team welded 6 shipping containers together to create a tiny little waterfront resort.

15  Zigloo Domestique in Canada



Considered one of the very first shipping container homes in Canada, this dwelling was built using a total of eight 6 meter shipping containers. The home spans 178.37 square meter, and was designed by Keith Dewey.

Which one of these container homes tickles your fancy? let us know in the comments below!

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