Container Home Designs
Building a home from steel shipping containers is an
original idea that has caught on in the past 5 years.
Such homes are functional, sturdy, cheap and easy to maintain.
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If designed properly, they even look eye-catching and
can attract a lot of attention. Here is a list containing
some ideas on how to design an original home made of containers:
1. A Tower - containers
are stacked on top of one another, forming a tower. Probably
the most famous structure designed this way is a Freitag
Shop in Zurich, Switzerland. This structure is built of
17 old, well-used shipping containers, rising as high
as 85 feet. This is a very unique idea, used to promote
the company's eco-friendly policy and their range of products.
The company uses recycled materials to make their goods
- refitting shipping containers that are no longer used
in this way is a very original way of making a statement.
2. Container Cities
- rows of containers, arranged in different ways with
one objective: to create cheap, convenient and maintenance-free
working spaces or storage spaces. This design can be improved
very easily by simple means - using different colors of
paint can transform the dull steel containers into a colorful
3. Container Shelters
- a quick and cheap solution for construction sites, where
a lot of workers need to store their equipment, eat their
lunch, get changed, etc. Containers can be arranged in
a convenient way, depending on the layout of a site. Everything
can be customized, from entrances to windows, storage
spaces to bathrooms. Bury the shipping container underground
and it will become an emergency shelter as well.
4. Seatrain Container Homes
- a very original approach to shipping container homes.
Two or more containers are placed on top of metal pillars,
accessible through custom-made staircases. Each container
has one of its walls completely removed on one side -
this is where large glass panes go in, transforming the
container into a bright apartment. There's even room for
a small balcony next to the entrance!
5. Blocks of Living Quarters
- a whole fully functional block can be erected from the
shipping containers within less than a week. Spaces inside
could be arranged according to a specific vision; floors
could be easily accessible through internal staircases.
All containers have windows on the same side and could
be painted in different colors for additional esthetic
effect. This type of a structure could be a perfect solution
for cheap student accommodation.
6. An Eco-Pod - a
small container could be adapted as a small-scale holiday
home. With a bit of creativity, walls can be removed or
adapted so that they open to the outside. The Eco-Pod
can be located on a plot or in a garden and transformed
in minutes into a nice little holiday home, equipped with
garden furniture, a couch or even a hammock.
7. A Mobile Dwelling
- shipping containers are used to traveling. Having a
mobile container home can be akin to a mobile home with
all the amenities one wants on wheels. Container homes
can be designed to be divided into segments, each of them
movable, which can be transported with ease all over the
world on the back of a truck.
Pictured left is a container
home eco design concept.
These are seven top container home designs that one can
do that will help recycle old used shipping containers,
are cheap and affordable and with the right design, can
be turned into a stunning work of architectural art. The
next Frank Lloyd Wright might just be you.
Credits: Freitag Photo courtesy Ben Bull