We like the idea of a shipping container as vacation getaway—it’s mobile, inexpensive, and an example of creative reuse at its best. Here, we’ve rounded up our 10 favorite houses made from shipping containers.
Above: Urban Rigger is the first in what its founder, Kim Loudrup, intends to be a fleet of floating student houses made from recycled shipping containers. Architect Bjarke Ingels designed this one, which comes with plywood-paneled bedrooms and prime views. We also featured Urban Rigger in our post 11 Hostel-Style Lodges for the New International Nomad. 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. Above: An insulated shipping container is repurposed as a modern “glamping” retreat on Airbnb in Pleasant Hope, Missouri, about a half-hour drive from Springfield. Above: A pop-up hotel called Sleeping Around travels the globe according to demand. The hotel is made up of seven retired shipping containers kitted out with their own water system and the potential to use solar or wind energy. Once settled in a location, the rooms can be set up and fully functional within five hours. Above: Architect David Yama of Yamamar Design turned a 40-foot highboy shipping container into a compact cabin located in the middle of a thousand acres of land near Mount Lassen in Manton, California. Photograph courtesy of Yamamar Design. Above: Two bright blue shipping containers were turned into a 500-square-foot flat in Fort Worth, Texas, available on Airbnb. The 20-foot containers are equipped with a full kitchen, bathroom, living area, and Murphy bed. 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. 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. Above: The Oakland, California, home of architect Stephen Shoup of Building Lab Inc. has an attached office space for the firm’s staff built from a three-by-six-foot shipping container. Photograph by Aya Brackett. Above: A modern beach house by way of converted shipping containers on Carolina Beach in North Carolina is available for rent on Airbnb. There are two for rent, each measuring 320 square feet, and equipped with outdoor showers.
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N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on July 3, 2012.