Shipping containers

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

Project • By Studio SaxePrivate Houses

Containers of Hope

Gabriela Calvo and Marco Peralta dreamed of living in their fantastic property 20 minutes outside of the city of San Jose, Costa Rica; where they could be with their horses and enjoy the natural landscape. They made the very bold choice of exploring with me the possibility of creating a very inexpensive house made out of disregarded shipping containers that allowed them to be dept free and live the life they always dreamed of. It was important for me to provide them with the sunrise, the sunset, the spectacular views, and overall try and create a feeling of comfort and home. A roof between the two containers, made from the scrap pieces of metal taken to make the windows, not only creates an internal sensation of openness but also provides a... More

Project • By AphidoideaParks/Gardens

eCORRE COMPLEX - Environmental Center

Downtown Los Angeles based design group APHIDoIDEA proposes the eCORRE COMPLEX, The Environmental Center of Regenerative Research & Education, to the City of Long Beach in California. The project takes the ISO container used by the Port of Long Beach which is one of the busiest ports in the world. Designed and placed as a FINALIST entry for the AIA-LA / USGBC Emerging Talent Design Competition, APHIDoIDEA re-adapts the shipping container as core building elements and implemented sustainable strategies to educate its visitors and users about "green" building practices such as solar energy, water collections, interior daylighting, rooftop gardens, passive cooling techniques, reuse of grey water, to name a few. Utilizing approximately 65... More

Project • By AmorphicaHousing

India Street Mixed-Use

A series of buildings including refurbished shipping containers for a mixed-use project. We started initial work on this project in 2008 when we were retained to do a master plan for a vacant lot near the intersection of India St. and Washington in the up and coming neighborhood of Mission Hills in San Diego California. Our initial proposal envisioned a mixed use building with twelve residential units and three commercial units anchoring the corner and a second construction phase comprised of twelve row houses in the back. However todays rough economic climates have required the master plan to be agile and adaptable. We broke ground on the first phase of the project in 2009 a temporary parking lot with a commercial unit built from a repurpo... More

Project • By Interface Studio ArchitectsHousing

Live The Box

The competition brief required a multi-family residential building constructed from shipping containers. ISA proposed a new urban strategy that would insert affordable housing into the larger precinct while mitigating the impact of extensive surface parking in a central downtown location. The result is a game of push and pull between parking and living with the surface parking lot evolving into mixed-use urban fabric. More

Project • By Peter Sampson Architecture Studio Inc. Bicycle Stands


This project puts “infrastructure”, a term typically reserved for the realm of engineering, within a context of the human-scaled city. Through decades of investment into transportation infrastructure, cycling has been marginalized to painted lines and shoulders. bikeLAB is the first of a family of light-infrastructure models that repurpose two reclaimed shipping containers to enable community members to initiate their own mode of transportation in the city. Free bike maintenance, safety workshops and parts exchanges encourage multi-generational participation, while its location adjacent to the University of Winnipeg and a major bus route encourages bikeLAB to become a neighbourhood hub. The facility provides secure, lockable storage for... More

Project • By Halliday Clark ArchitectsPrimary Schools


Halliday Clark Architects have designed a series of self-sustainable ‘Eco-Pods’ across educational sites in Bradford, West Yorkshire. They are constructed from recycled shipping containers and utilize solar energy and rainwater harvesting and filtration systems to create a fully sustainable eco-resource for local schools and community groups. The scheme helps to address Youth problems in local communities while providing teaching space for schools to raise awareness for Ecological and sustainable issues. More

Project • By Bamboo GrooveHousing

Container Tropical Countries

Bamboo Groove, a design and construction firm in Costa Rica, has developed some new designs for homes made from insulated shipping containers and bamboo. Developed for the tropical climate, these prefab homes are different from the designs we are accustomed to — those designed for temperate or cooler climates. Many of these prefab and shipping container homes focus on passive heating and cooling. But in warmer climates, such as Central America, construction requires a different tactic - insulating from the heat and providing lots of natural ventilation to help cool. Bamboo Groove uses Intermodal Steel Building Units (ISBUs), which are insulated shipping containers, in creating the framework of the home. Then Guadua Bamboo, which is one of... More

Project • By InfiniskiHousing

Manifesto House

A shipping container + wooden pallet housing design built in 2009 in Curacavi, Chile. The design, made up of two 40-foot containers and two 20-foot containers, uses a "ventilated external cover made out of wooden panels coming from sustainable forests on one side and recycled pallets on the other." The architects are also the founders of Infiniski, and focus on recycled, nonpolluting materials, bioclimatic design, and renewable energy. The wooden slat panels provide shade for the structure; air can circulate through and behind the slats. One large panel on the first floor can be lifted into a horizontal position to create an awning, or lowered into a vertical position to more completely shade the interior. The small containers cre... More

Project • By RE:BE DesignNightclubs


A shipping container project for The 2009 and 2010 Voodoo Music and Art Festival in New Orleans, LA. Instead of building a grand stand from traditional scaffolding, Stefan Beese of RE:BE Design used six 40’ long shipping containers to create a large viewing deck and a VIP lounge area with concession stands at the bottom of the structure. Six 40’ long Cargo containers were recycled into a temporary structure that not only created the viewing deck and VIP lounge itself, but also created storage space for future festival components.Two cantilevered top containers, nine feet on each side, housed two bars and a balcony. This area was created to provide a prime elevated viewing platform for festival visitors. Each container was perforated... More