Collection by Patrick Sisson

Examples of Shipping Container Architecture

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They’re not just for global shipping anymore: These creative adaptations think inside the box.

At this moment, there are more than 17 million steel intermodal shipping containers floating or riding across the globe—rectangular, bland engines of global commerce filled with anything and everything you can imagine. While there’s a certain fascination with all these small links in the global supply chain slowly making their way around the world—each identified with its own ISO 6346 number, an odd commercial shorthand—here at Dwell, we’re even more amazed by what happens when the trip ends and reconstruction and reuse begin. We’ve previously collected incredible examples of what intrepid architects and designers have done with these structures; here are ten more recent projects that give thiese 20-foot-long steel rectangles a second life.

Bharathi Research Station...
Treehouse (Jerusalem,...
Decameron (Sao Paulo,...
CC4441 (Tokyo,...
Shipping Container Home (Brisbane,...
Container Bar (Austin,...
New Jerusalem Orphanage (Johannesburg, South...
Starbucks Drive-Thru (Chicago,...
WFH House (Wuxi,...
Mill Junction Student Housing (Johannesburg, South Africa)...
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