From schools and shopping malls to art studios and backyard apartments, shipping containers have become a common material choice among architects and developers. Especially with small space living on the rise, shipping container homes have also become increasingly popular housing alternatives in the recent years. Firstly, they’re plentiful, as more often than not surplus containers end up sitting empty in a depot. Secondly, they also require less time to build into homes compared to traditional houses that require construction from the ground up. As a removable container, you are often able to work around complicated building permit regulations too.
In this round up, we take a look at four stunning container homes that show us how to live stylishly in small spaces.
Known for home designs that prioritize modularity and and sustainability, Honobo designed the HO3 out of 3 shipping containers to make a one-bedroom home with one bathroom, and an open plan living room and kitchen.
Despite a black exterior, the inside is bright and modern with its own kitchen island and a full-size bathtub. But what stands out most is the container’s 21-foot wide glass sliding screens that bring plenty of natural light into the living space.
Founded in 2015 by a team of architects and engineers, Cocoon Modules is a container architecture start-up that focuses on re-imagining shipping containers into modular housing. Just last year, they completed their prototype housing unit in collaboration with mattress brand Coco-mat.
Clad in beautiful wood panels, the only hint that the prototype is made out of a shipping container is its exposed corrugated doors on one end. But this only goes to show how flexible container homes can be when it comes to overall aesthetic. Similarly, the interiors are a refreshing combination of neutral walls, and modern space-saving furniture, just what you need for a comfortable retreat from the city.
This one’s a container house that makes no attempt to hide its true colors. Designed by Poteet Architects for a homeowner wishing to experiment with shipping containers, the guest house is a vibrant blue getaway unit perfect for short stays.
Fitted with a porch extension and outdoor lighting, the container guest house is a fun space for hanging out whether alone or with friends. With walls dressed in wooden panels, an electric blue day bed and the iconic egg chair, this container guest house is the hip hangout spot you’ve always wanted in your backyard.
Granted this container house isn’t an accurate representation of tiny living, because Studio Saxe’s Containers of Hope is a luxurious abode made out of two shipping containers.
Half-glass house, half container house, this home radiates with a zesty orange exterior and a contemporary interior design that allows its dwellers to enjoy stunning views of the sunset. The house gives off a luxurious vibe, yet the entire project was created on a relatively small budget. In addition, the roof installed above the two containers adds extra ventilation which reduces the need for air-conditioning – a great way to reduce the home’s carbon footprint.