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August 11, 2015
Once used to haul freight and cargo—and located the world over, from Costa Rica to South Africa and Japan—these hardy steel boxes find a second life in creative spaces.
The project on which Evergreen was seeking help was the development of <a href="http://ebw.evergreen.ca/">Evergreen Brick Works</a>, the adaptive reuse of Toronto's former Don Valley Brick Works brickyard. In the 1960s and 70s, the factory produced more t

For this temporary welcome center at a summer farmer's market, Toronto-based firm Levitt Goodman Architects opted to go green, repurposing a shipping container for the structure. 

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Ben Rahn/A-Frame http://www.aframestudio.com/
Originally appeared in Welcome Hut
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Hill container studio living room

Though this Texas garden retreat and guesthouse is only 8' x 40', it features all the comforts of a larger house: floor-to-ceiling glass doors and windows, heating and air-conditioning, a green roof, bamboo flooring and wallcoverings, a small sink and shower, and a composting toilet. Large window inserts make the cozy space feel expansive.

Originally appeared in Blues Clues
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Foghound Coffee Shop, South Africa

Earthworld Architects & Interiors, based in Pretoria, the South African capital, was hired to design a coffee shop for the Foghound Interactive Coffee Company outside Johannesburg with used shipping containers. The 3,165-square-foot shop, which includes a showroom for the company's coffee machines, was completed in July 2014.

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Earthworld Architects & Interiors
Originally appeared in A Coffee Shop Made With Shipping Containers in South Africa
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CC4441 art gallery in Tokyo, Japan

In Tokyo, architect Tomokazu Hayakawa sliced and stacked two black containers to create an angular art gallery and office space in the Taito district.

Originally appeared in 10 Examples of Shipping Container Architecture
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Prefab housing unit in Mexico made of shipping containers and concrete

Located in León, Mexico, La Aduana is an eight-unit apartment building made from 36 shipping containers.

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Jaime Sicila
Originally appeared in Adventurous Apartment Building Made of 36 Shipping Containers
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One of the main draws of Kevin Freeman and Jen Feldmann’s house is its connection to the neighborhood, which is why the front porch was a must. “Homes that have a door but no outside space say, ‘I’m not interested in you,’” designer <a href="http://robdes

One of the main draws of Kevin Freeman and Jen Feldmann’s house in Houston, Texas, is its connection to the neighborhood, which is why the front porch was a must. “Homes that have a door but no outside space say, ‘I’m not interested in you,’” designer Christopher Robertson explains. “This says, ‘I’m here to be part of the community.’” The greenspace adds permanence to the structure, even obscuring the formal qualities of the shipping containers that comprise it.

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Originally appeared in The Shipping Muse
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Costa Rica container home on piers

Set slightly apart, each container of this budget-friendly shipping container home in Costa Rica is installed on pier foundations. 

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Benjamin Garcia Saxe
Originally appeared in A Budget-Friendly Shipping Container Home in Costa Rica
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MEKA Shipping Container Pop-Up Prefab in New York

Designed by Jason Halter and Christos Marcopoulous, this sleek 320-square-foot MEKA home, constructed in New York, is made of cedar paneling set over a steel shipping container.

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MEKA
Originally appeared in Inexpensive, Easy-Assembly Shipping Container Home
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Shipping Container Home in Brisbane, Australia

Architect and designer Todd Miller didn’t just use a shipping container for this home in Brisbane, Australia—it appears like he used an entire shipping company, since it took 31 containers to build this industrial but inviting home, which features a massive graffiti mural on the back wall.

Originally appeared in 10 Examples of Shipping Container Architecture
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Costa Rican Shipping Container Home Casa Incubo

Finished in 2013, the 3,660-square-foot Casa Incubo near San Jose, Costa Rica was built from stacking and sliding four shipping containers to create a residence and gallery for photographer Sergio Pucci (who took all the photos of his new home). Set on flat ground, the two-story structure ended up being much easier for architect Maria Jose Trejos to complete than a typically constructed home, saving roughly 20 percent of the cost of a standard concrete block design.

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Sergio Pucci
Originally appeared in Who Knew a Relaxed Tropical Retreat Could Be Made of Shipping Containers
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The project on which Evergreen was seeking help was the development of <a href="http://ebw.evergreen.ca/">Evergreen Brick Works</a>, the adaptive reuse of Toronto's former Don Valley Brick Works brickyard. In the 1960s and 70s, the factory produced more t

For this temporary welcome center at a summer farmer's market, Toronto-based firm Levitt Goodman Architects opted to go green, repurposing a shipping container for the structure. 

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