Collection by Esha Chhabra

This House Was Built Out of 14 Shipping Containers


Matt and Barbara Mooney worked with Michael Gooden of M Gooden Design, a boutique design firm in Dallas, to build a home out of 14 shipping containers.

Matt Mooney, an architect himself, and his wife, Barbara, had lived in the Old Lake Highlands neighborhood of Dallas for over 20 years. But when they decided to repurpose shipping containers for a new, 3,700-square-foot home on an empty plot of land, they caused a stir. More than 200 neighbors showed up to see the containers delivered by crane.

The 40-foot-long containers hang 16 feet over the ground.
The 1,000-square-foot ground level is open. Three areas are divided gently by frames.
Contemporary, bright accents contrast with the dark concrete floors in the entertainment area.
Corrugated steel ceilings are left exposed—a reminder that this is, after all, a container converted into a home.
The container doors are used as barn-style sliding doors that open up to the bedrooms.
The industrial thread continues as a truck tool box converts into an elegant vanity in the master bathroom.
On the second level, maple floors connect all the rooms together, unifying the composition.
A 40 foot by 10 foot pool is designed to echo the house’s tower with an almost reflection-like alignment.
A 1400-square-foot roof deck offers panoramic views, overlooking White Rock Lake with one of the highest elevations in...