Container News

1. Restaurants/Cafe - I'll bet you've all seen the red UK style buses converted into quaint hamburger joints, but never a shipping container turned into ritzy New York contemporary cafe.

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2. Datacenters - Technology is my first love. Sun Microsystem's "Project Blckbox" is a prototype of the world’s first datacenter built into a shipping container and optimized to deliver extreme energy, space, and performance efficiencies to locations as diverse as deserts, disaster zones or even Mars. A complete datacenter ready to ship anywhere, just drop it on site and add power and connectivity and you’re up and running! 

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3. Art & Oragami - The newly completed Nestle Chocolate Museum in Mexico City, designed by Rojkind Arquitectos, resembles an origami shipping container of sorts and serves as a public space where visitors can learn about and witness the production of Nestle chocolate. The most incredible fun fact about this structure is that it was completed in 2.5 months from start to finish, including design and construction. 

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4. Museums- The Nomadic Museum is the name given to a temporary structure composed of 156 shipping containers, housing the Ashes and Snow photography exhibit of Gregory Colbert. 

Gregory Colbert originally conceived of the idea for a sustainable traveling museum in 1999. He envisioned a structure that could easily be assembled in ports of call around the world, providing a transitory environment for his work on its global journey. 

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AZ Containers can be found on-site at several Arizona construction sites. Our secure storage containers offer wind and water tight storage for your tools, materials and the home owners valuables. If your projects need extra storage space or temporary storage during construction a storage container from AZ Container is the perfect solution. Rent a Storage Container for temporary storage on your construction site, or purchase a storage container today for use as a permanent storage solution for your business.

Some of the uses to keep in mind are:

    ▪  Secure On-Site Storage

    ▪  Temporary or Permanent

    ▪  Weatherproof Storage

    ▪  Equipment Storage

    ▪  On-Site Workspace

    ▪  Materials Storage

    ▪  Tool Storage

    ▪  Homeowners Goods

    ▪  Renovations

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Have you ever wanted to live in a cube? You might get your chance as shipping container homes sweep the world, a response to increasingly congested cities, clogged apartments, and rising housing costs. Part innovation, part conservation, and perhaps, part desperation, container houses provide low-cost, affordable alternatives for individuals looking for a cheap or simply unconventional living experience.  In Amsterdam, more than 1,000 houses exist in a sort of post-apocalyptic neighborhood. Continuing this almost dystopian theme of architecture, many aspiring container-heads have taken their houses entirely off the grid, admiring nature from within a twelve-foot long steel cube. Is this the right option for, you, however? There are some things that you should consider before you own one:

1. How to purchase the correct shipping container: Generally, shipping container homes aren’t available for purchase; if you want the genuine experience, you need to find one for yourself and work to upgrade the container into a home. Navigating the used container market varies by country and can be a confusing experience, so always make sure you purchase a container from a trusted and reputable seller.

2. Regulations and planning: A biggie: if you want to fulfill your dreams and live off the grid, you’ll have to make sure that your new home fulfills zoning regulations. There’s some fun and entertaining loopholes here, though: depending on the size of your new home, many crate houses are too small to legally count as houses for zoning purposes.

3. Financial considerations: How many containers do you want? Depending on where you live in the world, you might have to shell out several thousand dollars to get your hands on the raw materials. On average, a shipping container costs approximately 5,000 dollars in North America. Furnishings, retrofitting, and turning your purchase into a livable environment remains a major part of the container house experience. A tiny bungalow will be easier on the wallet than a sprawling container mansion.
4. Insulation: Living in a container house can fluctuate between chilly and sweltering in alternate measures. Most container crates incorporate metals like steel and iron into their construction: perfect for transporting bulky boxes and other things that don’t much worry about temperatures, but not so ideal for long-term habitation. Depending on where you live in the world, temperatures could turn your dream home into an ice box or a sweltering oven. It’s important to take the local climate into account when preparing your home.

5. Finding a contractor with experience: Unless you’re interested in doing all the gruntwork by yourself, hiring a contractor or construction company is an option. Some contractors have made a living specializing as container converters, so keep an eye out in your local classifieds and hardware stores for any potential leads.

Buying a container home can represent a major break from traditional real estate. Those who tackle all these preliminary considerations, and are willing to put down the time, money, and effort into converting a shipping container into a dream home, will find their efforts richly rewarding.

If your interested in a container for a project, contact AZ Containers at 877-292-6937 to see how the most basic steel box to a customized, climate controlled storage or workspace with windows, they’ll have your solution on it’s way to you fast.



Interested in breaking free from the constraints of traditional home engineering and forging a new path? Tired of landlords, rent, and mortgages? Container homes may be the right choice for you. This revolutionary new trend in housing engineering combines the increasingly popular concept of “tiny homes” with the environmentally conscious attributes of recycling. How can you get started? There are a few important things to keep in mind as you get a feel for the container home life.

For one thing, container homes are a lot cheaper than most other housing options – cashing in at only about 5,000 dollars, they are perfect option for people seeking a path to financial and physical independence, including millennial cohorts trying to escape their parents’ basement.

The biggest decision of all is whether or not you’ll build your container home on your own or hire a company to refit one for you. Both sides have advantages and disadvantages – the former is cheaper, but the latter ensures a professional touch. You’ll have to decide several things as you go – how many containers you want, and how you’ll lay out your future home. Here’s where budgeting comes into effect; you’ll need to plan your future design against your current budget. Take care to factor in a contingency fund of 20% of your income if things go pear-shaped, such as unexpected delays in the construction process. Prioritize important aspects of your container home over other, more trivial, concerns. Rather than fretting about the breakfast nook or the subtle interplay of shadows in the living room, focus on answering some more basic questions: what’s my budget like? Will my home be seasonal or year-round? Will I use it for business purposes, or family enjoyment? And, most importantly, will I live on or off the grid?

If your interested in a container for a project, contact AZ Containers at 877-292-6937 to see how the most basic steel box to a customized, climate controlled storage or workspace with windows, they’ll have your solution on it’s way to you fast.

For additional information regarding our storage containers for rental or sales, contact Rolando @AZ Containers at 602-723-9608.The construction of the four border protection bases of the Hungarian Defence Forces began last autumn. In the camps, soldiers are put up in shipping container homes for four, equipped with electric heating and air-conditioning. 

At the base consisting of some 90 shipping container homes, in addition to the residential units, there are toilet, bathroom, kitchen and laundry facilities, communal rooms and a fitness facility, and should the need arise, an additional floor may be added to the shipping container homes, in consequence of which their accommodation capacity can be doubled at any time.

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Custom container homes, offices and stores from our base in San Ramon, Costa Rica. You will find information on buying shipping containers, and how to build a shipping container home, office, shop, garage or storage unit. We specialize in helping our clients with custom container projects built and delivered, or helping them with DIY container home projects.

Container Homes are solidly built, fire resistant and hurricane resistant. For a modest sum you can build a shipping container home, and fashion it to meet a multitude of needs, from a shop on a busy street, a surf camp home or mountain retreat, or for safe secure storage. Containers also make an emergency container home shelter for those hit by natural disasters, or serve to house migrant populations.

Family of four settle in their two-storey Ringsend home – with a third to be built.

At first glance, it might look to be nothing more than an overfill storage space for one of the shipping companies that bring containers to the docklands from every corner of the world. In fact, there is a link. The seven containers in situ on Fitzwilliam Street, Ringsend, were sourced nearby, off Pigeon House Road, among the city of containers that frame the southern mouth of the Liffey.

It’s the shot-blast treatment of the external walls that reveal the first sense of warmth about the structure. The finish was inspired by the work of Richard Serra, the American minimalist sculptor renowned for his work with sheet metal and his large scale site-specific structures.

Next to catch the eye are the multiple full-length doors of glass on both floors of the street-front exterior, reflecting the once grand Regal Cinema’s Art Deco facade on the opposite side of the street. Finally, the negative entrance space created by one overhanging second floor container simply invites you in.

Extreme minimalist

Retaining the essence of the containers’ original feel and external finish was core to the Kelleys’ vision. The interior finish is extreme minimalist but resembles any modern home with a similar style predilection. The ground floor features an open-plan kitchen and dining room that will also be the family’s living space until the build is fully complete.

The second floor is accessed via a plywood square spiral staircase; this smart and functional space-saving design acts as a neat metaphor for the entire build.

As you enter the three-bedroom second floor, you completely forget you are in a container house. It’s impossible to appreciate the orientation of the containers or where they start or finish. When finally added, the four-container third floor will be an open-plan living space complete with a living sedum roof garden.

Unsightly cargo containers in Payette should become less of an issue through time as the effects of a new city ordinance take hold.

Effective with the City Council’s passage and publication of Ordinance 1422, new time limits are imposed on having cargo containers on one’s property. The limit is 30 days for purposes of moving in or moving out, and six months for a construction project.

Before it was amended, the municipal code section on containers allowed them on the property for three months during construction, and the law didn’t address their use while moving.

Although the old law did provide for conditional use permitting of containers, it didn’t offer any guidelines on where they could be placed or on how long they could remain.

While city officials concede there’s nothing to be done about existing containers that were poorly placed but which comply with terms of permits that were issued, a number of other containers never received permits and are therefore subject to the new law.

For people who are moving, the container must be located in a driveway or other paved area on the property. Containers placed for construction projects must not be located on a public right-of-way.

Moments before city government voted unanimously on Feb. 21 to approve the ordinance, Councilor Ray Wickersham indicated he was glad for the flexibility afforded to residents through the permitting process.

In discussions of the ordinance at earlier meetings, Wickersham and other councilors expressed their acceptance generally of longer-term placements of containers that are located out of sight from the street or from neighbors.

Minutes after passing Ordinance 1422 on Feb. 21, the City Council passed another ordinance pertaining to land use. Ordinance 1423 establishes maximum heights for towers, poles, antennas, and other such structures, which are increasingly proposed in connection with wireless communications, although the height restrictions apply to all other uses as well.

The maximum height is 35 feet in residential zones, 50 feet in commercial zones, and 85 feet for industrial

Previously, city code contained no height restrictions for towers. Mayor Jeff Williams said the Idaho Association of Cities alerted member municipalities to the need.

The world’s first Taco Bell restaurant constructed out of recycled shipping containers has opened at South Gate.

The five-module, 1,080-square-foot restaurant was previously a pop-up Taco Bell at the 2015 South by Southwest Conference & Festivals in Austin.


The store, at 13601 Garfield Ave., was developed by SG Blocks, a Brooklyn, New York-based designer and fabricator of container-based structures. SG Blocks partnered with Alvarado Construction Inc. to install the Taco Bell at its new, permanent location.

Alvarado Restaurant Group, part of Alvarado Cos., is the franchise owner for the Taco Bell.

SG Blocks, which uses code-engineered cargo shipping containers for its structures, said the Taco Bell in South Gate is among several container-based projects it is constructing across the country.

The company also is building a six-unit container-based office building for the U.S. Navy. The six modules will be used to create a two-story, 2,000-square-foot structure.

SG Blocks also has executed a design agreement for a recycling center in California.

“We continue to see projects of a diverse nature both in asset class and geography,” Paul Galvin, chairman and CEO of SG Blocks. said in a statement.

Construction started earlier this month to transform a long-vacant lot in downtown Reno into a community gathering spot.

The development is called The Eddy and will be Reno's first container park and outdoor beer garden. The nearly half-acre lot is located on the south side of the Truckee River at 16 South Sierra St., next to the Wild River Grille and the Riverside Artist Lofts.

"It is already a pretty popular spot in the summertime to walk the river, so having this empty lot being changed for patrons I think will benefit the entire Riverwalk," Phil Buckheart, co-owner of The Eddy, said in a phone interview.


The Eddy will be constructed out of shipping containers to create a family-friendly venue that will feature two bocce ball courts, three bar areas, artwork by local artists and more. The community space will also host special events such as farmers markets, food trucks and yoga classes during the day and transition to a drinking spot for people 21 and over in the evenings.

"We were idle since last summer so to finally see something be produced down there has been exciting," Buckheart said.

The project was delayed after receiving opposition from neighboring businesses and residents of the Riverside Artist Lofts due to concerns about noise and the bar aspect of the development. The Reno City Council approved the project last June after adding several conditions to the special use permit including revising the hours of operation between 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Buckheart and Kurt Stitser, the other owner of The Eddy, plan to finish the construction over the course of the next few months and are hoping to open in mid- to late April. Buckheart said that they haven't picked an exact date yet due to the wet weather.

"As it gets closer, we should be able to narrow it down to a specific date," Buckheart said.

The Eddy will operate seasonally during the warmer months due to the outdoor nature of the venue.

"It is definitely a weather dependent location and atmosphere," Buckheart said.

The developers signed a five-year lease for the property back in March 2016. According to Buckheart, they will reevaluate when their lease is up in 2021 and either look to continue to lease the property or move to another spot in downtown Reno.

However, right now their main focus is to get The Eddy operational.

"We just want to get this open and get it going," he said.