At home in ‘The Hamptons’

Amagansett, New York – SG Blocks Built area:     180m2 (1942 sq. ft.) + 120m2 (1,300 sq. ft.) of decks Year built:      2011 Photography:      Prudential Douglas Elliman ‘The Hamptons’ are the summer and occasional weekend retreat for many of New York’s elite. Located on the eastern end of Long Island, houses regularly sell for $10 […]

A simple two container home

Shipping containers can offer very affordable accommodation and are great for remote locations. Even though they are technically a box, they can be converted in an infinite number of ways. The owner’s plan is to build a cabin or shelter made from shipping containers. One which they can use during the weekend, but that should […]

Container Living in Atlanta, Georgia

12 containers later...

Atlanta Georgia USA  –  Francis Kirkpatrick (architect) and George Runkle (engineer) Land Area:     2,160 sq. ft. (200 m2) each lot Built Area:     1,900 sq. ft. (176 m2) + basement garage of 650 sq. ft. (60 m2) each home Year Built:      2007 (brown) and 2011 (white) Here’s a prime case for not […]


CrossBox France

Rennes, France  –  CG ARCHITECTES Built Area:   104 m2  (1,123 sq. ft.) + decks and carport Year Built:     2011 Take 4 x 40ft containers, strict French building codes, a heavy dose of imagination and a willing client.  Now mix them together and the result is the CrossBox. We don’t have any costs on […]

Three Containers + Imagination = Ample Space

Wuxi, China  –  Arcgency and World Flex Home Year Built: 2012 (completed) Area: 180 m2 but flexible  (1,944 sq. ft.) Materials: Shipping containers, bamboo, green roof There are tens, perhaps, hundreds of thousands of used, unwanted containers littering shipping ports all over the world.  There have been many container home concepts and quite a few built.  The major […]

Discarded Pallets and Containers = One Significant Home!

Curacavi  Chile  –  James and Mau Architecture Built Area:     160 m2 + 15 m2 decks (1,730 sq. ft. + 162 sq. ft. decks).) Year Built:      2009 Photography:  Antonio Corcuera Built in just 90 days, this home demonstrates that it is possible to recycle and repurpose in a very serious and permanent […]

The Container of Hope

Container of Hope by Ben Garcia Saxe

San Jose  Costa Rica  –  Ben Garcia Saxe Such a meaningful name!  The architect’s notes tell this story far better than we ever could: “Gabriela Calvo and Marco Peralta dreamed of living in their fantastic property outside of the city of San Jose, where they could be with their horses and enjoy the natural landscape […]

Made in China – at home in Kansas City

Kansas City, Missouri – BNIM Architects (Yes Dorothy, there really is a Kansas City in Missouri) Built area: 2,600 square foot  (240 m2) Year built: 2009 Take a typical suburban lot, five shipping containers, a determined woman and a willing architect and you get this stunning home. Most of the container fit-out was carried out […]

31 Container Home in Brisbane

Brisbane  Australia  –  Ziegler Build Lot size:     760 m2  (8,200 sq. ft.) Built area:     460 m2  ( 5,000 sq. ft.)  approx. Year built:     2012 There is a common misconception that ‘container homes’ are something best kept out of suburbia, that container homes may be OK for some people but don’t […]

Two tents with a twist

Khanh Hoa, Vietnam  –  a21 studio Built Area:      26 sqm (280 sq. ft.) Year built:      2014 Photography:      a21 studio Vietnam is a tropical country. It’s hot most of the year. An exposed hillside facing due west is far from the ideal spot to build. Despite being in a popular […]