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 (Antarctica) Resembling a space station from a vintage ‘60s sci-fi film, this incredible...
Treehouse (Jerusalem, Israel) Literally a growing structure—two pines grow through porches on either end of the rustic...
Decameron (Sao Paulo, Brazil) Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan turned an empty urban alley into a neon-drenched...
CC4441 (Tokyo, Japan) Tomokazu Hayakawa sliced and stacked two black containers to create an angular art gallery and...
Shipping Container Home (Brisbane, Australia) Architect and designer Todd Miller didn’t just use a shipping container...
Container Bar (Austin, Texas) Years in the making, this stacked watering hole on Austin’s Rainey street has been a...
New Jerusalem Orphanage (Johannesburg, South Africa) 4D and A Architects used more than two dozen containers to help...
Starbucks Drive-Thru (Chicago, Illinois) This demi-sized, 700-square-foot coffee shop in Chicago’s Rogers Park...
WFH House (Wuxi, China) Copenhagen-based Arcgency made something special out of a rigid skeleton of shipping...
Mill Junction Student Housing (Johannesburg, South Africa) The developers at Citiq decided to one-up anybody...
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