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.
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.
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.
In Tokyo, architect Tomokazu Hayakawa sliced and stacked two black containers to create an angular art gallery and office space in the Taito district.
Located in León, Mexico, La Aduana is an eight-unit apartment building made from 36 shipping containers.
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.
Set slightly apart, each container of this budget-friendly shipping container home in Costa Rica is installed on pier foundations.
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.
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.
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.