20 Ideas On What You Can Do With Old Shipping Containers

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The 404 is a new boutique hotel and restaurant in Nashville’s rapidly changing Gulch neighborhood. Housed in a former auto shop next to the legendary Station Inn music venue, the small space stands in stark contrast to the new, large developments that have recently sprung up. The restaurant in front is partially housed in a shipping container that both extends the entry up to the sidewalk and acts as a visual focal point on an otherwise subdued exterior. Photo by Caroline Allison. Photo  of 20 Ideas On What You Can Do With Old Shipping Containers modern homeView Photos

The 404 is a new boutique hotel and restaurant in Nashville’s rapidly changing Gulch neighborhood. Housed in a former auto shop next to the legendary Station Inn music venue, the small space stands in stark contrast to the new, large developments that have recently sprung up. The restaurant in front is partially housed in a shipping container that both extends the entry up to the sidewalk and acts as a visual focal point on an otherwise subdued exterior. Photo by Caroline Allison.

The look of the BetaBox was a collaboration between Nicholas Sailer, BetaVersity's director of creative, who studied industrial design at the College of Design in Raleigh, North Carolina; and Michael Hobgood, an architectural designer and the company's director of operations. Photo  of 20 Ideas On What You Can Do With Old Shipping Containers modern homeView Photos

The look of the BetaBox was a collaboration between Nicholas Sailer, BetaVersity's director of creative, who studied industrial design at the College of Design in Raleigh, North Carolina; and Michael Hobgood, an architectural designer and the company's director of operations.

Modern home with Kids Room, Playroom Room Type, Storage, Concrete Floor, Toddler Age, Neutral Gender, and Pre-Teen Age. 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. Photo  of 20 Ideas On What You Can Do With Old Shipping ContainersView Photos

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.

Tsai Design Studio turned a shipping container into a classroom located just outside of Cape Town, South Africa. Photo  of 20 Ideas On What You Can Do With Old Shipping Containers modern homeView Photos

Tsai Design Studio turned a shipping container into a classroom located just outside of Cape Town, South Africa.

For an adaptive reuse project in Toronto, Levitt Goodman Architects used a shipping container as a visitors' center. Photo  of 20 Ideas On What You Can Do With Old Shipping Containers modern homeView Photos

For an adaptive reuse project in Toronto, Levitt Goodman Architects used a shipping container as a visitors' center.

Shipping containers are the building blocks of this residence tucked away in the redwood forests of Santa Cruz, California. Photo  of 20 Ideas On What You Can Do With Old Shipping Containers modern homeView Photos

Shipping containers are the building blocks of this residence tucked away in the redwood forests of Santa Cruz, California.

Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, and Shipping Container Building Type. This three-bedroom home in Lille, France, is made up of eight stacked containers. Photo  of 20 Ideas On What You Can Do With Old Shipping ContainersView Photos

This three-bedroom home in Lille, France, is made up of eight stacked containers.

Modern home with Shed & Studio. The interior is warmed by parquet flooring and Finium wood panels. Photo  of 20 Ideas On What You Can Do With Old Shipping ContainersView Photos

The interior is warmed by parquet flooring and Finium wood panels.

Texas architect Jim Poteet helped Stacey Hill, who lives in a San Antonio artists’ community, wrangle an empty steel shipping container into a playhouse, a garden retreat, and a guesthouse for visiting artists. The container measures a narrow and long 8 by 40 feet; Hill asked that a portion of the square footage be retained as a garden shed and the rest serve as the living space. Photo  of 20 Ideas On What You Can Do With Old Shipping Containers modern homeView Photos

Texas architect Jim Poteet helped Stacey Hill, who lives in a San Antonio artists’ community, wrangle an empty steel shipping container into a playhouse, a garden retreat, and a guesthouse for visiting artists. The container measures a narrow and long 8 by 40 feet; Hill asked that a portion of the square footage be retained as a garden shed and the rest serve as the living space.

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.

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/3292920 Photo  of 20 Ideas On What You Can Do With Old Shipping Containers modern homeView Photos

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.

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The hobby room features a custom desk and shelving system that Atelier Riri designed and manufactured themselves. A custom frame holds the family’s tools and other objects on the eastern wall. Photo  of 20 Ideas On What You Can Do With Old Shipping Containers modern homeView Photos

The hobby room features a custom desk and shelving system that Atelier Riri designed and manufactured themselves. A custom frame holds the family’s tools and other objects on the eastern wall.

Each MEKA home arrives via truck nearly complete. From there, it can be built in a matter of days. Photo  of 20 Ideas On What You Can Do With Old Shipping Containers modern homeView Photos

Each MEKA home arrives via truck nearly complete. From there, it can be built in a matter of days.

“The owners wanted it to look like a shipping yard that someone had made a restaurant around, in the same way that local artists in the River Arts District have repurposed factory spaces into art studios,” said Project Architect Myles Alexander. The three-story structure lets in light from the highest level, where the bottoms of the containers were removed. Photo  of 20 Ideas On What You Can Do With Old Shipping Containers modern homeView Photos

“The owners wanted it to look like a shipping yard that someone had made a restaurant around, in the same way that local artists in the River Arts District have repurposed factory spaces into art studios,” said Project Architect Myles Alexander. The three-story structure lets in light from the highest level, where the bottoms of the containers were removed.

Their solution was to stack two shipping containers on top of each other, to create private space within the open-plan living area. Photo  of 20 Ideas On What You Can Do With Old Shipping Containers modern homeView Photos

Their solution was to stack two shipping containers on top of each other, to create private space within the open-plan living area.

Modern home with Exterior, Apartment Building Type, and Shipping Container Building Type. The exposed wooden stairwell creates a warm contrast with the concrete and metal used elsewhere. Photo  of 20 Ideas On What You Can Do With Old Shipping ContainersView Photos

The exposed wooden stairwell creates a warm contrast with the concrete and metal used elsewhere.

Container Bar (Austin, Texas)

Years in the making, this stacked watering hole on Austin’s Rainey street has been a huge hit since opening earlier this year, and a soon-to-follow food truck should only bring in more business (and make it more spatially similar). While tap beer is often prefered, this seems like a rare time when canned beer might make more sense. 

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Container Bar (Austin, Texas)

Years in the making, this stacked watering hole on Austin’s Rainey street has been a huge hit since opening earlier this year, and a soon-to-follow food truck should only bring in more business (and make it more spatially similar). While tap beer is often prefered, this seems like a rare time when canned beer might make more sense.

Photo by North Arrow Studio

Modern home with Exterior, Metal Roof Material, Metal Siding Material, Glass Siding Material, and Shipping Container Building Type. Made of scraps taken from the containers’ sides, the roof creates a sense of openness from the inside and ushers in sunlight. Its slanted design creates a wind tower effect, providing natural ventilation that negates the need for air conditioning. Photo  of 20 Ideas On What You Can Do With Old Shipping ContainersView Photos

Made of scraps taken from the containers’ sides, the roof creates a sense of openness from the inside and ushers in sunlight. Its slanted design creates a wind tower effect, providing natural ventilation that negates the need for air conditioning.

Modern home with Exterior, Apartment Building Type, Shipping Container Building Type, Metal Siding Material, Metal Roof Material, and Flat RoofLine. The apartments face a landscaped common courtyard. The site is an irregular trapezoid, a fact the zig-zagging sidewalks reflect well. Photo  of 20 Ideas On What You Can Do With Old Shipping ContainersView Photos

The apartments face a landscaped common courtyard. The site is an irregular trapezoid, a fact the zig-zagging sidewalks reflect well.

Modern home with Exterior, Concrete Siding Material, Metal Siding Material, Shipping Container Building Type, House Building Type, and Prefab Building Type. 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. Photo  of 20 Ideas On What You Can Do With Old Shipping ContainersView Photos

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.

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The company invites its followers to check back for more project images and information later this week.