Top 10 Container Houses


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They cart much of the world’s goods on barges and semi trailers – and now they’re finding a second life as homes. Reused shipping containers have become a sort of poster child for the small footprint house. Architects with creative inspiration and a degree in environmental studies have come up with some unique homes that require fewer materials than a typical house. Here are our top 10 container houses to ogle:

Christopher Robertson’s Design

This home combines quirky, streamlined design with green living. Robertson takes advantage of the natural open floor plan of the containers, by installing windows along one full wall to let in light. Along with the pretty interior, the house boasts many sustainable features, such as Supertherm insulation and passive heating and cooling.

Porta Bach

Porta Bach

Designers at New Zealand’s Atelier workshop came up with the Porta-Bach, a portable holiday home made out of shipping containers. The home is a nod to the “bach,” the nickname for small vacation homes common in New Zealand. The Porta Bach is incredibly versatile, with an interior screen space designed to move to accommodate a variety of living setups. It’s comparably inexpensive and sleeps two adults and two kids.

Container City

container city

Designed by London’s Urban Space Management, Container Cities take the idea of the container home to the extreme. As you can imagine, shipping containers are easily stackable, and thus quite amenable to being used in large, modular structures. The firm has already completed several residential container cities. The bright colors of the containers are used in a design-forward manner, creating a cheerful, modern development.

Krabi, Thailand, Home

Krabi Container

While many of the container homes you’ll see are the work of professional architects and designers, the idea to build container home also appeals to self starters. This home, built form four shipping containers, was designed and constructed by small business owners in the seaside town of Krabi, Thailand. The couple researched container homes and decided that constructing one fit their budget and need for a permanent home for their sandwich shop business.

Hive Modular’s Homes


Hive Modular is a firm dedicated to designing and selling modular homes, many of which utilize shipping containers. The houses are larger and more finished than many container homes, and are bringing the idea of container living to the suburbs. Those looking to build a sustainable home can work directly with Hive’s high end residential architects to customize a home to their needs.

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