129 Exterior Shipping Container Design Photos And Ideas

A concrete patio wraps around the house.
Many of the corrugated metal walls are painted black and white, in shades by Benjamin Moore.
An exterior steel-and-wood bridge connects the upper floors of the two wings.
The home exterior was recently sandblasted and painted with a ship-grade, high-gloss industrial paint.
Spray foam insulation has been applied on all sides of the container. A small air conditioner helps cool the unit in summer.
The office has been cladded in yellow cedar to comply with the city requirement that all shipping containers be clad.
RBA Studio cantilevers over its concrete foundation by seven feet and draws utilities from Randy's 1930s residence.
A look at the repurposed shipping containers for the back-of-house operations before final assembly.
The 40-foot-long containers hang 16 feet over the ground. The deep balcony, Gooden says, offers solar protection, keeping strong sunlight out but letting natural light in.  The home has three bedrooms, a den, and three and half baths.
The site-built lower level, erected by Barber Builders, connects to the terrace via corner glass pocket doors.
Beautifully designed, these mobile structures are composed of high-quality materials at a more budget-friendly price, along with transportable, easy-to-assemble components.
The end elevation displays the shipping container structure and original doors.
Bold, red-colored shipping containers were used to create a (12 meter long) visitor area extension for the National Theatres Company of Korea. Designed as a social zone for theatregoers, the space was equipped with internal sliding partition walls that can be opened or closed to allow for flexible use of the interior spaces.
Based in Sacramento, CA, TAYNR specializes in prefab homes built from shipping containers.
Project Name: Seatrain Residence
Project Name: Box Office
A narrow and long 8 by 40 feet empty steel shipping container in an artists’ community in San Antonio, Texas serves a playhouse, garden retreat, and guesthouse for visiting creatives.
Last but not least, make a major statement and designate separate living areas with the help of shipping containers. Two San Francisco art and travel addicts overhauled a loft—and customized a pair of shipping containers—to carve out a guest quarters and home office. Photo by Drew Kelly.
Established in 1997, Artisans Group in Olympia designs modern homes throughout the greater Seattle and Portland areas. Their design-build models allow the company to provide full design services, and thanks to a partnership with Phoenix Haus—a Passive House panel fabricator—they are now able to develop Passive House prefab homes.
The main room opens to the quad through a large pivoting garage door.
Installation started at 11 a.m. and the second floor was stacked by 3 p.m. later that same day.
The property was meant to fade into its surroundings, which it does at a distance.
A deck on the southside of the home is the perfect place to take in the ocean view.
One end of the home connects to the existing access path, which helped make construction to the site as minimal as possible. Edwards also positioned the property so that a studio space could be built below in the future.
The two ends of the containers can be opened or closed at this pivot for more or less privacy. Native plants will grow on the roof and northside of the structure.
Outdoor enthusiasts gather at the bar for a quick relief from the downhill terrain.
With doors open and seating provided, the bar is ready for business at Fortress Mountain, welcoming skiers and snowboarders as they pass down the mountain.
The Media Lab is located in the middle of Bard College campus.
The Media Lab has been painted black to recede into the woods.
The only site prep required was pouring the concrete foundation walls.
Based in Wynwood, Florida, Wyn-Box constructed their model container home out of two used cargo containers. The 640-square-foot, one-bedroom showroom was designed by architects Ruslanas Byckovas and Ethan Royal with Ryan Anderson, a business developer, and boasts a stainless steel kitchen, porcelain gray tile, and a modern, clean gray exterior.
Functioning as a vacation rental for tourists, entrepreneur Rick Clegg combined old shipping containers to create a four-bedroom home with an eco twist near Palm Beach, Florida. Because of the container's inherent durability, they meet Florida's stringent construction standards, and the compactness of the home, the low carbon footprint because of the use of the recycled, prefabricated containers, and the home's proximity to the Loxahatchee River, make it ideal for ecotourists.
The apartment overlooks views of the IJ-River.
The repurposed metal containers are painted bright blue.
The front door to the units.
Three environmentally friendly container homes.
Small front patios connect the houses to their environment.
Franceschi Container Houses are three independent living units totaling 2,260-square-feet, built from used, 40-foot high cargo containers placed side by side.
M02 by HONOMOBO
Workshop and Golf Tees by Back Country Containers
Grannis Road House by Ty Kelly
The HO4 by HONOMOBO
Front Porch Living by Custom Container Living
Bharathi Research Station (Antarctica)

Resembling a space station from a vintage ‘60s sci-fi film, this incredible creation by Germany’s BOF Architects inhabits another extreme environment, a coastal hillside on the bottom of the globe. Built to house researchers from India, this structure is easily removable to lessen environmental impact.

Photo by BOF Architects
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 exposed wooden stairwell creates a warm contrast with the concrete and metal used elsewhere.
La Aduana is an eight-unit apartment building in León, Mexico, made from 36 shipping containers.
Project Name: G640 Model
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This modern prefab shipping container home in  Germany was designed by Cologne-based studio LHVH Architekten.

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