If you caught our recent round up of shipping container homes, you know there's no shortage of innovative adaptations to the boxy cargo pieces. We can't get enough of them, either, and here we share 10 more great repurposed shipping containers.
Shipping Container Home
Livingston, MT, United States
Welcome to the “Little Box on the Prairie”. This unique, modern house is made from two recycled shipping containers, situated on 10-acres of rolling prairie, just North of Livingston Montana. It’s a 700 square-foot mix of rustic coziness and clean, modern design. Many of the finishes such as the redwood flooring and plywood wall panels were salvaged off site, recycled and reused. The outside deck is perfect for chatting over morning coffee, an evening glass of wine, gazing at the Absaroka Mountains and likely spotting a deer or antelope. The house comfortably sleeps 2, and a 3rd can sleep on the sofa if needed.
A small shipping container home in New Plymouth, New Zealand features a retractable porch. Photo credit: Paul McCredie
This is not a container.
A rich pine exterior complements the brick, which was painted white as a means to minimize the use of cement.
Set slightly apart, each container is installed on pier foundations.
Purchasing a lot off the Delaware River in Pennsylvania, Martha Moseley and Bill Mathesius adapted an unused concrete foundation—remnants of its previous owner’s abandoned plans—to create a home that’s uniquely their own. “We were inspired by the site, and our desire to have something cool and different,” says Moseley.
The recycled shipping containers were sourced from the Pacific Port of Caldera in Costa Rica. “Discarded shipping containers are all over the world and cost relatively little,” Saxe says. “With a bit of creativity and understanding of local building techniques, the interiors can be modified for any client.”
The structure consists of eight shipping containers on the second floor and three on the third floor. To meet the foundation’s slightly variable width, three of the containers were halved and pulled apart toward the front of the house, which also allowed for the insertion of a custom skylight in the main living space.
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The alignment of the shipping containers creates a courtyard for outdoor seating away from the street.
The firepole is an extra amenity the client always wanted to include in his home.
Peruvian-born designer Sachi Fujimori's Casa Reciclada, or Recycled House, was constructed from a used shipping container. Architects Anna Duelo, Úrsula Ludowieg OPhelan and Marc Koenig also collaborated on the project.
Finished in 2013, the 3,660-square-foot Casa Incubo was built from stacking and sliding four shipping containers to create a residence and gallery for photographer Sergio Pucci (who took all the photos of his new home). Set on flat ground, the two-story structure ended up being much easier for architect Maria Jose Trejos to complete than a typically constructed home, saving roughly 20 percent of the cost of a standard concrete block design.
The architect and his team devised an armature on the back of the container that will eventually be covered with vines, concealing the AC and heating unit, the reservoir for graywater and the composting toilet outlet.
The shipping containers were stacked, joined with steel tubes, and lashed to reinforced floor joints to make them earthquake-safe.
Atelier Riri devised creative ways to make living inside a shipping container in Indonesia’s tropical climate both comfortable and economical. The architects layered recycled pine, glass wool, and planter mesh on top of the home to help keep temperatures down.
A cherry red game room gives way to a second green space on the roof, which can be used as an extension of the indoor space.
Covered with wire mesh, the green roof will continue to vegetate over time.
Shipping Container Home (Brisbane, Australia)
Architect and designer Todd Miller didn’t just use a shipping container for this home—it appears like he used an entire shipping company, since it took 31 containers to build this industrial but inviting home, which features a massive graffiti mural on the back wall.
Photo by ZieglerBuild
Mike McConkey, a superintendent for a general contractor, tasked Chris Bittner of OBR Architecture with designing an environmentally sensitive home for he and his wife in San Diego County. Utilizing three shipping containers and a bevy of cost-effective appliances, they managed to limit the budget to $160,000.