If you think of a container home as about some odd-looking, inconvenient and shabby dwelling, please do not, because today’s architects can turn even usual shipping containers into a comfortable, affordable, eye-catching and eco-friendly residence.
The technique of transforming used containers into homes is pretty young, though bright and bold projects have already been completed in many countries around the globe, which demonstrates excellent prospects for container homes, their convenience, modern design and economic and environmental benefits.
Following is the showcase of some most vivid and prominent real-life container home projects. I think you will be amazed by some of these shipping container home pictures and photos.
Designed by Urban Space Management in 2000, Container City is often mentioned among the most prominent examples of container building. Located in London, Container City is a successful project, where used containers have been transformed into a comfortable space for work and living spots, artist studios, retail shops, and even nursery. As the designers note, the use of container technique allowed them to reduce twice the time and cost of construction, while improving environment protection on site.
Redondo Beach House
This is an award-winning container home, designed by DeMaria Design. Completed in 2006, the project received 2007 AIA Honor Award for Design Excellence and Special Innovation. Built with used containers and some traditional materials, this house is said to be mold-, fire- and termite-proof. Besides, 75% of the house components were built in controlled shop environment, which ensures highest quality of the construction.
Ecopods are nothing but professionally designed and built container homes. Being ideal for short-term accommodation, ecopods do not require electric lines as they are supplied with solar panels to cover all the minimal needs in electricity. Such container can be easily transported from one place to another, and the company also offers custom design ecopod container homes.
Quik House by Adam Kalkin
Adam Kalkin is one of the pioneers, developing the concept of container homes. Today, Kalkin offers its Quik Houses as the commercial products. Built with 6 recycled shipping containers, Quik House offers three bedrooms and two bathrooms for $184 000, including site preparation, assembly, infrastructure with plumbing, electrical and wall finish, interior doors and roofing.
Keetwonen is the name of the biggest container city, which is located in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and used as a dormitory for students. Own bathroom and kitchen, separate sleeping and study rooms, balcony, automatic ventilation and central audio phone – many students would love to have such luxuries at their school homes. In order to build this large student village, Tempohousing Company used standard containers, commonly used to transport goods from one country to another.
Maison IDEKIT Container Home
This is a creation of an architect Bernard Morin and his wife Joyce Labelle. The house, built with seven recycled shipping containers, is located in Canada. The architect says that using container home technique allowed avoiding cutting trees and thus protecting the environment.
Cove Park is a modern 50-acre site for artists. The place offers accommodation among the exceptional natural beauty to the talented visual artists, designers and art writers. Cubes, which represent one type of dwelling offered here, are recycled shipping containers, redesigned by Urban Space Management, London. Every cube offers kitchen, sitting area, shower, and balcony.
We will be adding more pictures of container homes to the site soon, so please come back to see them.