Containers are used for many things, from shipping to, as in our case, storing your belongings. Who would have thought that we might also want to live in them? Even more than that, they have been transformed into architecturally stunning properties. Some of you may have seen the episode of George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces where Max McMurdo, an up-cycling expert created an unbelievably ingenious floating home from a shipping container.
From London, to China to Ecuador, containers are being transformed into office developments, artistic studios, and homes.
The Collections Dubreuil
Based in the Greater Montreal area of Canada, The Collections Dubreuil is a family-run business that specialises in renovation and new build construction. Within their portfolio of work are some container homes, which they describe as innovative and on-trend. Using recycled materials means that each home is different, and they collaborate with each owner to design a home that meets their needs.
Off Grid Mountain Container Home
Colorado company Studio H:T designed this off the grid container home. The architect, Brad Tomecek, wanted to question “the need for excessive space and challenge occupants to be efficient.” He used two shipping containers to create a tall central area to take advantage of the expansive mountain range views; the area also housed the entry, dining, living and loft spaces, with the bedrooms and work spaces just off this central area. Due to its location it uses solar power, passive cooling and other eco-friendly systems such as photovoltaics to create electricity.
Using 31 shipping containers, this is the largest house of its kind in Australia. It took only five and a half months to build, and spans over three levels. Its fresh clean lines accentuate the open spaces, and it is finished off beautifully with high quality finishes. With clever use of glass the architects have managed to maximise natural light, which floods into the 706m2 site.
Shoup residence and office compound
This is more than just a home, as the site needed to accommodate an office as well as retain the existing workshop. Phase one began with a retired freezer shipping container, which was transformed into an office. Phase two was required due to marriage and imminent parenthood, and a second container conversion was added, creating a comfortable and varied space with an inner courtyard, giving the family the privacy they desired.
Modern Shipping Container Cabin
Our final shipping container home is again from Brad Tomecek, this is the rawest of the designs, with minimal exterior and interior finishes. The brief was to create a family retreat for a family that had been visiting this particular area in Colorado for decades. Its design uses one 40’ container and six 20′ containers and consists of two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a guest room, which is accessed from the outside deck. There is no doubt that this cabin is all about the views, and just enjoying the landscape.