15 Inspired Shipping Container Homes
If we owned the San Antonio Guest House, we’d never live in our main building. With extra windows to make the most of the light and a decking area to make the most of the space, this shipping container is the perfect retreat. Although it has a luxurious feel, it doesn’t shy away from its industrial roots, with the original shipping codes still visible on the outside contrasting with the container’s roof garden and pretty, homey touches.
Insta House Minimalist woodland living which welcomes the forest in and makes the most of an upcycled space. This studio uses light to its advantage and does a spectacular job of including all of life’s necessities in a small space—with no clutter whatsoever. Gorgeous.
Beach House Stunning beach living in this New Zealand-based set of shipping containers. The real art of this building lies in its simple palette of a few, carefully-chosen colors and textures: Concrete, timber and weathered zinc surround the containers which have been clad and furnished to work seamlessly with the natural world around them.
Port-a-Bach These clever little spaces were developed as portable holiday homes. Forget camping and caravanning, the Port-a-Bach allows you to set up home in the heart of nature (as long as you have a truck at hand). We absolutely love this light, airy space. Four corrugated metal walls could feel restrictive, but painted and furnished in light colors with bright natural wood, this small space feels roomy and beautifully breezy—a great demonstration of the effect material choices can have on your home.
Container City II After the success of Container City I, Urban Space Management wasted little time getting stuck into Container City II’s colorful, zuggurat-shaped design. These stacked containers were built to provide workshops and studios for artists, designers and creators. Inside the containers are roomy and, although they have not been modified to the same extent as our other favorites, the porthole windows let in plenty of natural light. Best of all, the extended balcony areas show that manmade, functional materials look gorgeous with a little extra-natural greenery.
MDU (Mobile Dwelling Unit) Designed for mobile, globe-trotting living, these stark MDU’s by LOT-EK have “push out” storage and living areas which can be retracted to make these minimalist red boxes more compact and transportable when it’s time to hit the road.
The Beach House (by De Maria Design) This luxurious beach pad in Redondo may look glamorous, but the entire house is based around stacked shipping containers and simple, pre-fabricated stick frame structures. Surprisingly light, airy and elegant, this beautiful building has been intelligently engineered to create an affordable space which is virtually indestructible.
Venice Beach Residences Still under construction, this is another shipping container design from De Maria Design. Again, this space has been developed as studio space for the artists of Venice Beach, LA, and to provide attractive, low-impact residences. With plenty of inserted windows and bright glass to reflect the Californian light, these containers will make airy, affordable, artistic spaces.
Welcome to the EcoPod, a shipping container recreational space developed for the environmentally-minded, eager to live “off the grid” from time to time. Perfect for getting away from it all at the bottom of your garden—or on a patch of land out in the middle of nowhere.
Loft 30 Surf This atmospheric shipping container home is the work of Spanish firm Infiniski, who are responsible for dozens of incredible shipping container spaces across Spain, Chile and the world.
Edifico Viviendas Chile Another amazing space from Infiniski, this time designed around regularly-placed containers and forming a large, light and colorful complex in Chile’s Vina del Mar. Perfect for chilled-out, communal living.
Made from three shipping containers, the Cordell House was designed to provide modern, child-friendly living that suits family life with a young child. Light and surprisingly spacious, the beauty of the shipping container home is that more containers can be added to accommodate a growing family.
House in a House This incredible structure designed by Adam Kalkin uses many stacked shipping containers to create a house inside a house. It’s beautiful, livable, creative and completely bonkers—but we love it!
Sri Lankan Lakeside Retreat This lakeside retreat wasn’t built by a creative architect, instead it was assembled by soldiers and, we have to say, they’ve done a beautiful job. We especially love the huge timber rooftop deck, a wonderful spot to watch the sun go down.
Although not technically a home, we had to show you these architectural 3D images of the proposed eCORRE complex in downtown LA. This incredible structure is made almost entirely of 65 shipping containers, staggered to look like a crazy, beautiful beehive, ideal for the Environmental Center of Regenerative Research & Education.