When silos meet containers!

Mill Junction by Citiq

Newtown, Johannesburg, South Africa – Citiq One doesn’t need to look hard to find unused, unloved buildings in the older parts of our cities.  Warehouses have become sought after properties with their thick walls and high ceilings while other, less desirable properties are often left to slowly decay. If you’ve ever been close up and […]

31 Container Home in Brisbane

8ft wide and proud of it...

Brisbane  Australia  –  Ziegler Build Lot size:     760 m2  (8,200 sq. ft.) Built area:     460 m2  ( 5,000 sq. ft.)  approx. Year built:     2012 There is a common misconception that ‘container homes’ are something best kept out of suburbia, that container homes may be OK for some people but don’t […]

A Home Built From Two Shipping Containers

Shipping containers can offer very affordable accommodation and are great for remote locations. Even though they are technically a box, they can be converted in an infinite number of ways. The owner’s plan is to build a cabin or shelter made from shipping containers. One which they can use during the weekend, but should be […]

Caterpillar House

A steep, rocky site overlooking the city...

Santiago de Chile, Chile – Sebastián Irarrázaval Built Area:     350m2  (3,780 sq. ft.) Photography:      Sergio Pirrone Santiago de Chile backs up to the Andes Mountains but, to limit urban sprawl, no construction is permitted above 1,000 meters. Given that the breezes, fresh air and views are high above the city, that […]

Cancer Centre Amsterdam

Amsterdam, Netherlands – MVRDV Site area: 2,000 m2 Building area: 2,000 m2 Total floor area: 6,000 m2 Year of completion: 2006 Quantity of Containers: 256 What you see here is a temporary building! It’s purpose is to house the The Cancer Centre Amsterdam which is part of the Antony van Leeuwenhoek Hospital. It’s located in Amsterdam, […]

Made in China – at home in Kansas City

Concept drawing - Glassberg container home

Kansas City, Missouri – BNIM Architects (Yes Dorothy, there really is a Kansas City in Missouri) Built area: 2,600 square foot  (240 m2) Year built: 2009 Take a typical suburban lot, five shipping containers, a determined woman and a willing architect and you get this stunning home. Most of the container fit-out was carried out […]

Container Homes – Q and A’s

Container housing in Sri Lanka

Colombo, Sri Lanka – Hybrid Homes (pvt) Ltd This is an interesting gallery less for the design it presents – which is remarkably similar to ‘The Container of Hope’ – as it is for the costings and ensuing Q. and A.’s: Costings: The home shown here is built out of three 20′ foot shipping containers. […]

Zigloo Domestique

Zigloo Domestique

Victoria, Canada – Keith Dewey Number of Shipping Containers used: 8 Shipping Containers Built area: 185 m2 (2000 sq. ft.) 3-4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms Year built: 2006 Photography: Keith Dewey It takes a lot to challenge convention and think totally “outside the square”. Keith Dewey is a designer, who was inspired to build a container home while attending […]

At home in ‘The Hamptons’

The First Container Home in the Hamptons

Amagansett, New York – SG Blocks Built area:     180m2 (1942 sq. ft.) + 120m2 (1,300 sq. ft.) of decks Year built:      2011 Photography:      Prudential Douglas Elliman ‘The Hamptons’ are the summer and occasional weekend retreat for many of New York’s elite. Located on the eastern end of Long Island, houses regularly sell for $10 […]

Liray Container Home

Bright Cargo Container Casa in Chile

Santiago, Chile – Ruben Rivera Peede Land Area:     6,775 m2 (72,925 sq. ft.) Project Area:     115.01 m2   (1,237 sq. ft.) Year built:     2010 Builder:     Proyecto ARQtainer Materials: Corten steel shipping containers, steel frame, thermal pane window, plasterboard and sprayed cellulose insulation. One of the most common objections we hear about container […]

Mobile Dwelling Unit

Mobile Dwelling Unit - LOT-EK

New York, United States – LOT-EK Built area: 46 m2 (500 sq. ft.) Year built: 2003 Photography: Walker Art Center In recent years, ‘slide-out’ sections in mobile homes and caravans have become common place but 10 years ago the design team of  Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano developed this ground-breaking design…   “One shipping container is transformed into […]

Tony’s Farm

Uncontained imagination...

Shanghai, China – Playze Built area:      1,060 sqm Year:      2011 # of containers:     78 Photography: Bartosz Kolonko Tony’s Farm is the largest organic food farm in Shanghai, producing OFDC certified vegetables and fruits. This multi-purpose centre is designed to integrate the consumer into the process by linking the activities of […]

Contained Desires

Shipping Container House - Studio HT

Nederland, Colorado – Studio HT Built Area:     1,500 sq. ft. (139 m2) Year Built:     2010 Photography: Braden Gunem How much space do we really need to live?  How often do we discuss ‘needs vs wants’?  This project questions the need for excessive space and instead challenges occupants to be efficient. Designed […]

Container Living in Atlanta, Georgia

Cost effective, sustainable living...

Atlanta Georgia USA  –  Francis Kirkpatrick (architect) and George Runkle (engineer) Land Area:     2,160 sq. ft. (200 m2) each lot Built Area:     1,900 sq. ft. (176 m2) + basement garage of 650 sq. ft. (60 m2) each home Year Built:      2007 (brown) and 2011 (white) Here’s a prime case for not […]

Colour has its turn – Public housing in Madrid

Public housing in Carabanchel - Madrid, Spain

Carabanchel  Madrid  Spain  –  Amann Canovas Maruri Site area:     4441 m2 Built area:    13,420 m2 Total homes:  81 Year built:     2009 Photography:   Miguel de Guzmán and  David Frutos There are volumes of research proving that colour impacts directly on mood. There is much research dealing exclusively with the social and mental challenges faced […]

Casa El Tiamblo

Containers waiting for a home...

El tremble Ávila, Spain  –  James & Mau Arquitectura Built area: 129 m2  (1,390 sq. ft) Builder: Infinski Spain Year built: 2010 Photography: Pablo Sarabia Tens of thousands of containers arrive from China and other manufacturing nations every year.  Only 20% go back!  Without commenting on the balance of trade issues, that leaves an awful lot of containers […]

Three Containers + Imagination = Ample Space

Spot the containers!

Wuxi, China  –  Arcgency and World Flex Home Year Built: 2012 (completed) Area: 180 m2 but flexible  (1,944 sq. ft.) Materials: Shipping containers, bamboo, green roof There are tens, perhaps, hundreds of thousands of used, unwanted containers littering shipping ports all over the world.  There have been many container home concepts and quite a few built.  The major […]

Coromandel Container

An entertainer's dream...

Coromandel Peninsula NZ  –  Crosson Clark Carnachan Architects Year built:     2002 Photography:     Patrick Reynolds When is a container not a container? When it uses the concept of the simplicity and security that a container offers, but is custom built. CCCA definitely rank ‘way up there’ in the list of the world’s […]



Rennes, France  –  CG ARCHITECTES Built Area:   104 m2  (1,123 sq. ft.) + decks and carport Year Built:     2011 Take 4 x 40ft containers, strict French building codes, a heavy dose of imagination and a willing client.  Now mix them together and the result is the CrossBox. We don’t have any costs on […]

The Containers of Hope

Container of Hope

San Jose  Costa Rica  –  Ben Garcia Saxe Such a meaningful name!  The architect’s notes tell this story far better than we ever could: “Gabriela Calvo and Marco Peralta dreamed of living in their fantastic property outside of the city of San Jose, where they could be with their horses and enjoy the natural landscape […]



San Antonio, Texas – Poteet Architects Built area: 29.7 m2  (320 sq. ft.) Photography: Chris Cooper The client, artist Stacey Hill, who lives in a San Antonio artists’ community, wanted a playhouse, a garden retreat, a storage shed and a guesthouse for visiting artists. The Poteet suggested a 40 x 8 container.  The container was sited on a […]