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Issue 105 · Editors' Picks: 2013 · January 4, 2014

10 Houses Made from Shipping Containers

Issue 105 · Editors' Picks: 2013 · January 4, 2014

A while back on an overcast Sunday, I holed up inside and watched episode after episode of Top of the Lake (think Twin Peaks set in New Zealand). In Jane Campion's compelling drama, a group of women set up a camp called Paradise made from shipping containers set on the edge of the lake. We like the idea of a shipping container as vacation getaway—it's mobile, inexpensive, and an example of creative reuse at its finest. We've rounded up our 10 favorite houses (plus a swimming pool) made from shipping containers.

Shipping Container House by Poteet Architects in Texas, Remodelista

Above: A guest house/garden retreat/playhouse made from a repurposed steel shipping container by Jim Poteet of Poteet Architects in San Antonio, Texas. For more on the project, see our Q & A with Poteet in The Architect Is In: Container as Guest House.

Architect Stephen Shoup's Container House in Dwell, Photograph by Aya Brackett

Above: The Oakland, CA, home of architect Stephen Shoup of building Lab inc. has an attached office space for the firm's staff built from a 3- by 6-foot shipping container. For more, visit Dwell story, Creative Re-Use in Oakland; photography by Aya Brackett for Dwell.

Shipping Container Indoor Swimming Pool, Remodelista

Above: A container functions as a pool in the center of Container City, a project designed by Urban Space Management along London's Trinity Buoy Wharf. 

Shipping Container Vacation Home in Cove Park, Scotland, Remodelista

Above: Overlooking Loch Long on the Rosneath Peninsula in Scotland is Cove Park, a group of artist residencies designed by Edo Architecture set into 60 acres of hillside. Six containers welded together and planted with green rooftops form three accommodation units.

Mobile Hotel Shipping Container Hotel, Remodelista

Above: A pop-up hotel called Sleeping Around travels the globe according to demand. The hotel is comprised of seven retired shipping containers kitted out with their own water system and potential to use solar or wind energy. Once settled in a location, the rooms can be set up and fully functional within five hours. For more on the hotel, visit Design Boom.

Sri Lanka Summer House, Remodelista

Above: Using a stray shipping container and timber from old weapons boxes, architect Damith Premathilake built his holiday cabana at Maduru Oya in Sri Lanka. Photograph by Logan MacDougall Pope for Inhabitat.

Insta House by Maziar Behrooz Architecture

Above: Maziar Behrooz Architecture's Insta-House is a prefab container art studio made up of four 8-by-40-foot containers covering 960 square feet. The two-story live/work space can be erected in one week with prices starting at $99,800. The house shown here is tucked away in the Hamptons.

Atelier Workshop in New Zealand, Shipping Container Summerhouse, Remodelista

Above: A bach (meaning vacation cabin; it's short for "bachelor pad") in New Zealand designed by Atelier Workshop. The container has built-in wood paneling, a foldout terrace, and bunk beds—all that and it's meant to be mobile. For more, see A Shipping Container Transformed into the Ultimate Holiday House.

Meka Prefab Houses in the West Village, Remodelista

Above: Prefab houses from MEKA (Modular, Environmental, Kinetic, Assembly) made from steel shipping containers, cedar wood paneling, double- glazed argon-filled windows, a bamboo interior, and slate bathroom; four different design options range from $40,000 to $135,000.

Bark Design Collective Prefab House, Remodelista

Above: Spotted on Inhabitat, British Columbia-based design collective Bark Design's All Terrain Cabin is a 480-square-foot dwelling, fully equipped for off-the-grid living.

E Studio Long House Made from Shipping Containers, Remodelista

Above: Designed by architects Severo Fernandez and Basilio Rodriguez of Estudio Base, a cargo container house sits on a flat site in the Galician countryside of Spain. 

Craving more smart design solutions? Sift through the Architecture & Interiors section of our archive, including 10 Favorites: Smart and Skinny Houses in Japan.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on July 3, 2012 as part of our Made in America issue.

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