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They're sleek. They're innovative. They're metal. They're eco-conscious and sustainable. Did we mention hip? It's little wonder that shipping container homes have become a national obsession, threatening even to overtake traditional tiny homes in the hearts and imaginations of new home buyers looking for something way out of the ordinary.

    

And best of all? They actually look easy to create. You've seen all of those seductive back-to-basics YouTube videos. You've watched a few heartwarming stories of simplified living on HGTV. Maybe, just maybe, you can build one of these babies yourself. Second home in the mountains, here we come!

But get ready for a truth bomb: It's not as simple as it looks. You can't just buy a shipping container, cut a window or two, and plop it down and start catching up on “Game of Thrones.” It's a process. In fact, in almost all ways imaginable, it's a job better left to the pros.

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Adorned with a rooftop terrace and with a construction time just under a year, Eco Design (FLAGSTAFF, AZ) Studio’s desert home is one of the few residences on our list representing a student-designer collaboration. The mint-green dwelling sports an industrial design, with concrete floors and a walnut finish, along with tools for collecting solar power and harvesting rainwater. A slew of dual-pane aluminum windows provide ample natural light throughout the year, but it’s the home’s five separate decks that give it astonishing views of the surrounding San Francisco Peaks. 

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Designed by architecture powerhouse couple Daniel Moreno Flores and Sebastian Calero, this shipping container home is situated in central Ecuador. The team used a total of seven 20-foot shipping containers and one 40-foot container to build the sprawling abode. The home, which is made of a host of individual modules, can be quickly disassembled and transported for a sudden change of scenery. 

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Do you have an inordinate amount of shipping containers? Are you trying figure out what to do with all them? In the unlikely event that the answer to this question is “Yes,” you’ll be pleased to learn that they’re far more practical than you may have imagined. And if, as is more likely, the answer is “No,” then good news! You can grab yourself a decent-size shipping container for just over $1,500.

Shipping containers are flood- and fire-proof, making them a great home-building material. Ranging in length from 20 to 30 feet, shipping containers are typically only used for 10 to 15 years, but they can last much longer. It is estimated that there are 24 million empty shipping containers in the world that will not be used for cargo again. But, as the saying goes, one man’s retired shipping container is another man’s crazy, high-end modular home. What? That’s not a saying? It should be.

Urban Riggers worked with architecture firm Bjarke Ingels to create this floating student housing project in Copenhagen. The main objective was to create affordable modular housing within the urban harbors. Individuals can rent a unit at Urban Rigger for just $600 per month, which is a steal considering Copenhagen is notoriously one of the most expensive cities on earth. Rooms include a private bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen with shared living spaces. The outside of the facility features community gardens, kayak landings, and bathing platforms

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla

Almost a third of Palm Beach County residents are considered severely cost burdened, meaning they spend more than half of their income on housing.

But a solution may be within reach for more affordable housing.

And it involves shipping containers.

A company based out of the Miami area is proposing shipping container homes from Miami to Orlando.

A home from old shipping containers and it now serves as a place eco-tourist can go to vacation near the Loxhatchee River.

"The typical feedback is, how comfortable would it be to live in a shipping container,"


Two shipping containers side by side for the home’s main living area.

The house cost about $60 a square foot, meaning a home could be built for $60,000.

"Be a very good solution to the affordable housing in regions where there is a shortage.

Something that was discussed at the most recent affordable housing summit. Similar projects have been done in across the Unites States and around the world. Another part of the appeal is the limited space they can take up.

"They can be stacked and configured in any way, so it can conform to the irregularity of the lot."

There could be lots of red tape when it comes to building codes. Not so much about the stability of the structure, but how they look.

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Nestled among the mansions of celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Paul McCartney is a brand-new “beach box” home made out of used storage containers.

A developer said he will sell the home for what he calls an “affordable” price of under $1.5 million. That’s in an area where about 32 homes about the same size have gone this year for an average of $4.8 million.

But its new neighbors are not expected to have any NIMBY problems. In fact, they’ll hardly believe the building’s humble past. It’s all steel and glass with only one nod to its previous life — one wall and one ceiling made of exposed steel.

Besides the relatively modest price, the home’s major selling point is its eco-friendliness.  Everything used in its construction, not just the storage containers, has been recycled. And the large glass panes will make it easier to heat on cool, sunny  days.“Our goal is to be eco-friendly and to maintain a small carbon footprint.” 

The developer said the land cost $300,000 and, unlike Rome, the house was built in just about a day.

On a Sunday a few weeks ago, six 18-wheeler trucks drove up carrying six used shipping containers. The next day, the house went up — complete with windows and electricity.

The two-story, modern-style home is about 2,000 square feet and sits on .17 acres — and can accommodate a small swimming pool or large lap pool.

It’s the first beach house built from used storage containers, and one of the first in the northeast. He plans to build six similar houses, and more if all goes well.

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Now how many of you thought you’d ever be eating a spicy Mexican burrito in a shipping container that was once used to send TVs from china all over the world? Wahaca, a Mexican restaurant based in London, launched a massive eight container pop up restaurant in Southbank Center back in 2013. One of the shipping containers has even been modified into a street stall so you can grab your burrito to go!

Guests can either eat inside the shipping containers, which have huge glass windows in them providing views out onto the Thames, or dinners can eat outside. The inside of the restaurant was decorated with recycled benches adding to the ‘up-cycle’ theme.

The pop up restaurant was used in a street art exhibition back in 2013 and fitted in perfectly with other tourist attractions at Southbank, including the roof gardens at Queen Elizabeth Hall and the world’s largest solar panel bridge which cuts over 500 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year.

It’s not often that you find an art studio that is arguably as good as the art inside of it but this is a surprising use of a shipping container; an art studio. Fittingly called the container studio is it 840 square foot and was made out of two high top 40 foot shipping containers.

This stunning building was designed by MB Architecture who are based in New York. The artist who lives in Amagansett- New York, wanted an affordable but spacious solution to house their artwork. The final product is a two story art studio which was built using two shipping containers above ground and to dig out a basement which was concreted and acts as the main studio room.

Their total budget was $60,000 and the picture art studio was delivered under budget for $58,000. Each of the containers cost around $2,500 and this includes the delivery costs. The art studio was completed in 2010 and is now open and is located in the forests within Amagansett- New York.

 

Royal Wolf hire and sell shipping containers so it seems fitting their company offices are made out of them! Back in 2013 they approached Room 11, Australian architects, and they sat down and put this plan to paper.

The offices are made using both 40foot and 20foot containers and are arranged in a giant rectangle which creates gaps in the middle of the office to make room for four courtyards; nearly all the rooms within the office can see out onto a courtyard.

The ends of the 40 foot containers have been cut out and replaced with incredible glass windows which really allow a lot of light into the offices. The ends were then used to double skin the walls to give the office more insulation. Paying tribute to the shipping container Royal Wolf have left the ceiling of the containers untouched so you can still see the exposed corrugated steel.

The offices were built in 2013 and are still a great spectacle and conversion piece for everybody who visits them.

 

Cardiac surgery centre based just outside of Sudan close to the river Nile. The hospital was built in 2013 using old shipping containers and its hot water is powered by an on-site farm of solar panels.

      

Whilst local architects, TAMassociati Architecture, were designing the hospital they were told about the containers already at the hospital. They took them as inspiration and used them to construct the entire hospital. Over 100 shipping containers were used in total, the majority of which were used for family and hospital staff accommodation; of which there are over 63 hospital beds.

Each room has its own balcony looking out onto the hospital courtyards and the rooms are kept cool in the summers using a ventilated steel roof and bamboo blinds. The cardiac centre has been operational since 2007 and now performs over 1,500 surgical procedures each year.