10 Beautiful Island-Style Shipping Container Homes

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By Byron Loker / Published by Dwell
As more and more people choose alternative ways to live, homes fashioned from old shipping containers are mushrooming up all over the world.

Compact, sturdy, economical, and eco-friendly—what better way could there be to build a dream island getaway? Here are a few island-based examples of shipping container homes. 

1. Coromandel Bach, New Zealand 

10 Beautiful Island-Style Shipping Container Homes - Photo 1 of 11 - The open concept Coromandel Bach is a container home that reinterprets the New Zealand building tradition of crafting in wood. Located on the North Island’s Coromandel Peninsula, this container house captures the beautiful simplicity of living with nature. Natural timber provides a seamless connection to its surroundings. Designed by Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects, this unique holiday home can be easily boxed up when not in use. A simple mechanism opens the deck upon arrival. The house has a simple rectangular open plan that extends the interior space to the outside and the ocean beyond.

The open concept Coromandel Bach is a container home that reinterprets the New Zealand building tradition of crafting in wood. Located on the North Island’s Coromandel Peninsula, this container house captures the beautiful simplicity of living with nature. Natural timber provides a seamless connection to its surroundings. Designed by Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects, this unique holiday home can be easily boxed up when not in use. A simple mechanism opens the deck upon arrival. The house has a simple rectangular open plan that extends the interior space to the outside and the ocean beyond.

2. Cove Park, Scotland

10 Beautiful Island-Style Shipping Container Homes - Photo 2 of 11 - Part of the "big isle" of Britain, Scotland's Cove Park is a center for established artists situated in 50 acres of spectacular countryside. In 2002, Container City created three en-suite accommodation units (known as "cubes") to act as artist retreats. In order to blend into the rural surroundings, sliding glass doors were installed that lead out onto the decked balcony that extends over a lake with beautiful views of Loch Long.

Part of the "big isle" of Britain, Scotland's Cove Park is a center for established artists situated in 50 acres of spectacular countryside. In 2002, Container City created three en-suite accommodation units (known as "cubes") to act as artist retreats. In order to blend into the rural surroundings, sliding glass doors were installed that lead out onto the decked balcony that extends over a lake with beautiful views of Loch Long.

3. Bonaire, Caribbean 

10 Beautiful Island-Style Shipping Container Homes - Photo 3 of 11 - Bonaire, a former Netherlands Antilles territory and now a special municipality directly under the Netherlands, hosts this container property on 1,260 square meters of land. The property is has off-grid electricity via four solar panels on the roof. 

Bonaire, a former Netherlands Antilles territory and now a special municipality directly under the Netherlands, hosts this container property on 1,260 square meters of land. The property is has off-grid electricity via four solar panels on the roof. 

 4.  Casa Incubos - Costa Rica

10 Beautiful Island-Style Shipping Container Homes - Photo 4 of 11 - When acclaimed photographer Sergio Pucci wanted to build a home and office on his 6,000-square-foot plot of land in Costa Rica, architect Maria Jose Trejos suggested turning shipping containers into a tropical retreat. The result is the beautifully designed Casa Incubos, completed in 2013.</p><p><br>

When acclaimed photographer Sergio Pucci wanted to build a home and office on his 6,000-square-foot plot of land in Costa Rica, architect Maria Jose Trejos suggested turning shipping containers into a tropical retreat. The result is the beautifully designed Casa Incubos, completed in 2013.



10 Beautiful Island-Style Shipping Container Homes - Photo 5 of 11 - Casa Incubos' eight used containers were sourced at the country’s busy Caribbean port of Puntarenas, then stacked together to form a two-story home and office. "Designing with containers amplifies what I really like," says Trejos. "In terms of versatility, good taste, and modern architecture, this is how I love to design."

Casa Incubos' eight used containers were sourced at the country’s busy Caribbean port of Puntarenas, then stacked together to form a two-story home and office. "Designing with containers amplifies what I really like," says Trejos. "In terms of versatility, good taste, and modern architecture, this is how I love to design."

5. The Box Office - Providence, Rhode Island 

10 Beautiful Island-Style Shipping Container Homes - Photo 6 of 11 - So, technically it's not an island, nor is this a home, but we couldn't resist including this Rhode Island-based office/studio space constructed from 32 recycled shipping containers on an abandoned strip of Providence history—the former Harris Lumber site. This three-story, 12,000-square-foot complex, which sits  in a post-industrial section of Providence, is the largest office building in the United States made exclusively of cargo containers and was designed by truth box, inc.

So, technically it's not an island, nor is this a home, but we couldn't resist including this Rhode Island-based office/studio space constructed from 32 recycled shipping containers on an abandoned strip of Providence history—the former Harris Lumber site. This three-story, 12,000-square-foot complex, which sits in a post-industrial section of Providence, is the largest office building in the United States made exclusively of cargo containers and was designed by truth box, inc.

6. "Igloo," Iceland

10 Beautiful Island-Style Shipping Container Homes - Photo 7 of 11 - When it comes to demonstrating the hardiness of shipping containers as homes in harsh environments, it doesn't get any more incredible than this example captured by photographer Bryce Johnson in the bleak wilderness of Iceland.

When it comes to demonstrating the hardiness of shipping containers as homes in harsh environments, it doesn't get any more incredible than this example captured by photographer Bryce Johnson in the bleak wilderness of Iceland.

7. Onagawa, Japan

10 Beautiful Island-Style Shipping Container Homes - Photo 8 of 11 - Shigeru Ban is renowned for his disaster relief design work and use of environmentally conscious and unconventional materials. When the town of Onagawa in Miyagi Prefecture suffered extreme damage from the earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, Ban responded by designing a multi-story temporary housing complex for survivors using shipping containers.

Shigeru Ban is renowned for his disaster relief design work and use of environmentally conscious and unconventional materials. When the town of Onagawa in Miyagi Prefecture suffered extreme damage from the earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, Ban responded by designing a multi-story temporary housing complex for survivors using shipping containers.

8. The Beach Box - Long Island, New York 

10 Beautiful Island-Style Shipping Container Homes - Photo 9 of 11 - &nbsp;This luxury modern beach home, located on the dunes in Amagansett, New York, was constructed in modular units from repurposed steel shipping containers. Beach Box, which is located about 600 feet from the ocean, was built with EcoTop counters, tankless water heating, a 16 SEER HVAC unit, spray foam insulation, a white thermoplastic roof, Energy Star appliances, FSC-certified cypress siding and decking, and white oak floors. &nbsp;

 This luxury modern beach home, located on the dunes in Amagansett, New York, was constructed in modular units from repurposed steel shipping containers. Beach Box, which is located about 600 feet from the ocean, was built with EcoTop counters, tankless water heating, a 16 SEER HVAC unit, spray foam insulation, a white thermoplastic roof, Energy Star appliances, FSC-certified cypress siding and decking, and white oak floors.  

9. House R - The Hamptons, Long Island

10 Beautiful Island-Style Shipping Container Homes - Photo 10 of 11 - This 17,000-square-foot villa by Abiboo Architects is located in South Hampton, with the sea surrounding the plot on two sides. The family’s passion for boating inspires the integration of the home with the seascape.

This 17,000-square-foot villa by Abiboo Architects is located in South Hampton, with the sea surrounding the plot on two sides. The family’s passion for boating inspires the integration of the home with the seascape.

10. Narongdej Nilapat, Thailand 

10 Beautiful Island-Style Shipping Container Homes - Photo 11 of 11 - This beautifully designed container home in a lush, tropical setting was built from a mixture of 20-foot and 40-foot shipping containers and designed by architect Narongdej Nilapat.

This beautifully designed container home in a lush, tropical setting was built from a mixture of 20-foot and 40-foot shipping containers and designed by architect Narongdej Nilapat.