Shipping containers

An overview of projects, products and exclusive articles about shipping containers

Project • By Oppenheim Architecture + Design LLPOffices

GLF Headquarters

Set on the banks of the Miami River, at the junction of Overtown and Little Havana, this modern office complex was commissioned as the U.S. headquarters for international engineering and construction outfit GLF Construction Corporation. The building was designed with simplicity in mind, featuring large floor plates that allow user flexibility and evoke the feeling of open space. Inside, the program includes office and studio space, conference rooms, lounges, balconies and common areas that maximize both interior and exterior views.   GLF Headquarters' form draws inspiration from its adjacent context and scale - citing both the inherent industrial and nautical overtones of the location. The resulting 4-story structure resembles a st... More

Project • By Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC USOffices

Fairway Independent Mortgage

Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation (Fairway Mortgage) is a national mortgage lender that has helped thousands make home ownership a reality since its founding in April 1996. Headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, Fairway Mortgage has experienced exponential growth in recent years and in 2015 was at facility capacity. Working out of multiple office buildings around town, leadership decided it was time for a brand-new headquarters, one that could grow with the company and promote sustainable, energy-efficient operation. Having previously worked with Excel Engineering (Excel), a full-service architectural and engineering firm, Fairway asked Excel to review its schematic building plans. After an initial analysis of Fairway Mortgage’s... More

Project • By Doone Silver KerrHotels

Stow-Away Waterloo

Design studio Doone Silver Kerr (DSK) has designed a new ‘aparthotel’ for Stow Projects and Ciel Capital, located at 137-139 Lower Marsh, Waterloo and situated within the Lower Marsh Conservation Area. Responding to the demands for more flexible living trends in Central London, the project blends the design qualities of a boutique hotel with the privacy of an apartment to provide adaptable, high-qualityurban accommodation where city dwellers can live, work, eat and sleep.   With a focus on simplicity, robustness and durability, the innovative 5-storey modular development consists of 20 rooms/apartments, each formed from a recycled 30ft shipping container. The refined interior shells of the containers are clad with self-fi... More

Project • By DP ArchitectsOffices

Singapore Dance Theatre

The new 2,000 square metre campus of the Singapore Dance Theatre, located on the seventh floor of Bugis+, a public shopping mall in Singapore popular with youth, comprises a theatre housing four professional dance studios along with supporting facilities like a conference room, a sound mixing room, a study room, a library, a wardrobe room and shower facilities. The circulation of the space was planned to allow for private users to access the studios via secured thresholds while maintaining a welcoming space at the foyer for the public to experience and enjoy.The design concept essentially tackles the stereotypical views of ballet often held by a layperson and seeks to make the dance form more approachable and accessible to the general publi... More

Project • By LGA Architectural PartnersSupermarkets

stackt Market

stackt is a bold urban intervention and a revolutionary market and cultural space, made possible by daring to rethink what constitutes the retail marketplace in every sense – its concept, site, building materials and user experience.LGA was asked to design the two-block, 2.4 acre site and help stackt establish Canada’s largest shipping container market place, providing Torontonians and their visitors with a lively cultural destination and community hub with anchor and pop-up shops, food and beverage vendors and an onsite brewery, woven with courtyards, pedestrian paths, and open spaces for community programming and events. Surrounded by new developments and condo construction, a daycare center, railway tracks, Fort York historic site and th... More

Project • By Kaunitz Yeung ArchitectureWineries

Running Horse Wines Cellar Door

The cellar door for Running Horse Wines in Broke, New South Wales, is a playful intervention, set within the landscape and integrated with the vineyard, providing visitors with an uplifting, intimate and contextualised experience. Through the use of shipping containers, the building reinterprets the language of industrial farm architecture.THE BRIEFThe brief called for an intimate wine tasting space that could be run by one person and provided a variety of internal and external spaces for people to lounge and linger. The plan is centred around the wine tasting bench, with the ends of each container forming more intimate spaces. The offset between the two levels of containers forms external decked areas. The lower level provides storage and... More

Project • By mode:lina™Offices


In the vicinity of Gdańsk port, in a town of Cieplewo, there is an ofce which surprises its visitors with a unique interior inspired by sea shipping containers. This industrial interior design was created by mode:lina™ architects.KOHLMAN is a producer of bathroom fttings. Materials sourced by the brand arrive inshipping containers in the nearby port in Gdańsk before they are transported to KOHLMAN’s headquarters. The investor was looking for an unconventional solution which would distinguish the company and be memorable to its customers. An idea proposed by the designers, relating to the containers in a nearby port, was a great success.mode:lina™ created an industrial ofce with walls covered by metal trapezoidal sheets in steel frames imita... More

Project • By billionBricksPrimary Schools

Etania Green School

In Sabah, Malaysia, many thousands of stateless children have become marginalised due to their legal status. These are mainly children of illegal or legal Indonesian migrant labourers. The migrants come to Sabah to seek an income on the plantations so they can have a decent life.The Etania schools are learning centres for their children, who have no access to education until a school begins for them. Therefore, the Etania schools run a full learning program, 6 days a week with all the necessary curriculum subjects. In these learning centres, children have safety, security and happiness enjoying their right to learn. Etania has an ambitious plan to build 30 school across Sabah. They asked billionBricks to prepare a prototype school desi... More

Project • By KEM STUDIOOffices

Port KC

Port KC’s mission is to foster the economic vitality of Kansas City, Missouri, through transportation, trade, commerce, and development. The space needed to act as an office for 16 employees and function as a place to hold large public meetings and social gatherings. It needed to inspire employees to work differently and provoke stakeholders to see the potential of Port KC developments. See how we reused shipping containers to put a unique element in this space to speak to the industrial nature of Port KC’s work in transportation and trade.How is the project unique?In the existing 6000 sf space, we took advantage of the 22’ tall ceilings by reusing two 40’ long shipping containers to create a second-floor mezzanine. The containers house a p... More

Project • By Marilia Pellegrini ArquiteturaPrivate Houses

Container House

The architect shows thru THE CONTAINER HOUSE that it is possible to transform shipping containers into a modern and functional house.The choice of a container as a base for the project focused on sustainability and reuse of materials . The time-frame for elaboration and execution of this model of construction is infinitely smaller than a conventional brick/concrete construction, reuses the shipping container which has no longer function avoiding its discharge besides the advantages of zero consuming of water and other natural resources. The architect's mission was to prove possible the building of a contemporary house with minimalist and impeccable finish so that the container itself and all its industrial and corrugated structure woul... More

Project • By GBL ArchitectsHousing

Strathcona Village

GBL Architects, a Vancouver-based practice, recently completed Strathcona Village, a mixed-use industrial and residential development considered the first of its kind in North America. The 300,000 square foot building covering almost an entire city block is located on East Hastings Street in Strathcona, one of Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhoods. The site of the development, near the downtown core, on the edge of the Port of Vancouver, has historically been one of industry. To maintain existing industrial space while increasing the local housing supply in the area an innovative approach was called for. The Strathcona Village project successfully pioneered the integration of previously considered incompatible programs into a new hybrid mixed-u... More

Project • By Eligo StudioOffices

Cultiva Headquarter

In the North of Florida, the Cultiva company worldwide leader in the fresh-cut market has built the first protected baby leaf production on America East Coast. EligoStudio has been commissioned to design the site headquarter: a 3 stories building entirely crafted by shipping containers. They’ve been assembled and disassembled in Italy to face the overseas shipping. Spaces and finishing keep the soul of the singular unit: a rough industrial container. Boxes slide one over the others to create rooms and terraces, completely permeable thanks to the wide windows. The furniture was provided by the Italian company Fantin, specialized in the production of furniture and solutions in metal.   Material Used :1. Shipping container: corten steel2. Insu... More

Project • By Boxman StudiosSports Centres

IMG Playmakers Club

For the 2013-2014 College Football season, IMG College wanted to create an upscale tailgate experience at some of the more prominent football games. Namely, the annual Florida v. Georgia game in Jacksonville, and the Rose Bowl and BCS Championship in Pasadena. Catering to an upscale crowd, the experience had to blend luxury with a classic college football environment. IMG wanted a dynamic structure that could serve food, have games, and offer live music.We designed a multi-level structure with a 30-foot tower, 4 bars, a stage, an upper level viewing deck, and a 20’ Jumbotron screen. Working with Arenas America, we enclosed the space to keep it climate-controlled, while still maintaining an open and free-flowing environment. The entire footp... More

Project • By OPENSCOPE STUDIOTransports

The Yard at Mission Rock

The Yard is an early activation project at future site of a large mixed-usedevelopment project for the San Francisco Giants. Outdoor spacesprovide venues for activities ranging from a beer garden to movie nightsand yoga, while the repurposed shipping containers hold a range ofvendors including local retailers and food service providers.Material Used:1. Bayo-S – Foundation Ground Screws2. Accurate Staging – Bleacher Seating3. Garaventa - Elevator4. OldCastle - Storefront5. Nice Planter – Corten Planters6. Root Pouch – Vertical Garden Planter More

Project • By LOT-EKWorkshops

Whitney Studio

LOT-EK was commissioned to design an art studio space for the Whitney Museum of American Art. The Whitney Studio is located in the Sculpture Court of the Whitney Museum’s Marcel Breuer building on Madison Avenue. The Studio houses activities for the Whitney Museum’s education program, including art-making classes for adults, teens and families, informal lectures and special exhibits.The building employs 6 steel shipping containers stacked on two levels to form a monolithic cube, designed to fit the Whitney’s open moat on the south side of the entry bridge. The stack is sheared by a diagonal plane to generate a continuous cut that runs along two sides and the roof of the assembly; the Boolean plane also carves the inside of the sta... More