Shipping container converted into porters’ lodge for Cambridge University college

Cambridge University college Hughes Hall has a new reception building – a converted shipping container designed by local studio Neubau. Neubau designed the structure to function as a porters’ lodge for Hughes Hall, providing a reception for visitors, an office for porters and pigeonholes for students. Before now, it was the only college at the English

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JBAD repurposes shipping container as MicroTower parking attendant booth

This bright red tower in Columbus, Ohio, is constructed from a shipping container turned vertically and serves as a booth for a parking attendant. Designed by local firm Jonathan Barnes Architecture and Design (JBAD), the 40-foot-tall (12-metre) tower is intended to act as a landmark for an overlooked part of the city’s downtown area. “This

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Containerwerk showcases potential of using shipping containers for housing

The founders of Containerwerk discuss the benefits of building with recycled shipping containers in this movie Dezeen filmed for the German start-up company at Milan design week. Founded two years ago in Stuttgart, Germany, Containerwerk adapts used shipping containers so they can be used by architects to create living and working spaces. The company uses

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Shipping container village by Julius Taminiau offers space for startups in Amsterdam

Dutch architect Julius Taminiau has created a temporary startup hub using shipping containers in an Amsterdam science park. Taminiau was with Carl Turner Architects during the design and build process for the practice’s south London container park, Pop Brixton, which turned an disused plot into a base for events and independent business. Back in his native Netherlands and having founded Julius Taminiau Architects,

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Rabih Geha Architects recreates shipping container aesthetic in Beirut nightclub

Rabih Geha Architects has used layers of perforated steel to divide up the interior of a nightclub on the waterfront of Beirut, Lebanon. The local architecture studio collaborated with Lebanese entertainment company Add-Mind Group to design  a bar and club in downtown Beirut named 2 WEEKS. Rabih Geha Architects  had only two months to turn the location,

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MB Architecture constructs university building from shipping containers in one day

American firm MB Architecture has used shipping containers to quickly and cheaply build a media lab for Bard College in New York’s Hudson Valley. Bard College Media Lab comprises four containers that are stacked two wide and two high, forming a larger rectangular structure. It took just half a day for MB Architecture, led by Maziar Behrooz,

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Studio Edwards uses shipping containers to create getaway on Australia’s Great Ocean Road

A trio of shipping containers has been converted into a weekend retreat set on stilts on a hillside overlooking Australia’s Otway Coast by Melbourne practice Studio Edwards.  The residence named House 28 is located on the edge of Wye River, a town that has grown up along a waterway that feeds into the sea on

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Edward van Vliet converts crane into three-storey holiday retreat in Amsterdam

A crane overlooking Amsterdam’s IJ river has been transformed into a luxury rental apartment, featuring three stacked shipping containers accommodating living spaces designed by Edward van Vliet to reference the area’s industrial past. The rental apartment is operated by local firm, Yays Concierged Boutique Apartments, which oversaw the crane’s refurbishment in collaboration with the local municipality,

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Qatar’s shipping-container football stadium can be taken apart and reassembled after the match

Modified shipping containers are being used to construct Fenwick Iribarren Architects’ Ras Abu Aboud stadium in Doha for the controversial 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar. The Spanish architecture practice’s modular design means the stadium can be dismantled and moved to a new location after the football tournament. Repurposed steel containers will be arranged in an “elegant curved square” and each will

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Lot-Ek slices shipping-container stack to form Williamsburg home

New York studio Lot-Ek has built a family home in Brooklyn by stacking shipping containers, and cutting them at an angle to create terraces stepped down its back. Carroll House was designed for a couple in the restaurant business with two young children and two cats. They wanted a unique home to fill a plot

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Splayed shipping containers form Joshua Tree Residence conceived by James Whitaker

An office comprising a cluster of angled shipping containers, proposed for a site in Germany by James Whitaker but never realised, is now being built as a home in the California desert. Photo-realistic renderings of the proposed home by the London-based designer show a cluster of white cargo containers emerging like a starburst from a

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Lot-Ek uses shipping containers to overhaul Brooklyn carriage house

American studio Lot-Ek has used brightly painted, metal cargo containers to create a vertical enclosure and a rooftop penthouse for an urban residence owned by a creative couple in New York. The Irving Place Carriage House is situated on a leafy street in Brooklyn’s Clinton Hill neighbourhood. An artist and gallery owner, and their daughter

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Budi Pradono tops hillside house in Lombok with tilted shipping container

A shipping container appears to be slipping away from the top of this house on the island of Lombok, designed by Indonesian architect Budi Pradono. Clay House is set on a hill in Selong Belanak, a beachside area in the southern West Nusa Tenggara province of Lombak – an Indonesian island east of Bali. The residence is made

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Simon Astridge stacks shipping containers to create backyard London office

UK architect Simon Astridge has used shipping containers, exposed plasterwork and clay lighting to create the offices and showroom for a London tile manufacturer. Astridge designed the Porcelain Gallery for Pentagon Tiles in a conservation area within Hatton Garden in London’s Camden. As part of the brief, Astridge was tasked with creating office space in the backyard of the showroom, and so chose

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Stacked shipping containers house bedrooms at Vietnam hostel by TAK Architects

Brightly painted shipping containers are stacked one on top of the other to house bunk beds at this hostel in Nha Trang, which also features aerial bridges and giant communal hammocks. The Ccasa Hostel was designed by local studio TAK Architects for a site around three kilometres from the centre of the coastal resort city,

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BIG stacks shipping containers to create floating student housing in Copenhagen harbour

Shipping containers are stacked on a floating platform to create these buoyant student halls of residence designed by Bjarke Ingels’ firm for Copenhagen harbour (+ slideshow). The project named Urban Rigger aims to provide low-cost housing for students in the centre of the Copenhagen, docked in the harbour. BIG’s scheme comprises nine shipping containers stacked and arranged on a More

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Shipping container serves as mobile boutique for luxury sportswear brand Needs & Wants

Online retailer Needs & Wants Studios has collaborated with a Toronto architecture student to transform a shipping container into a mobile boutique that serves as the brand’s first physical store (+ slideshow). Measuring eight by 20 feet (2.4 by six metres), the showroom and retail space made its debut in a forested area in The More

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Stacked shipping containers form temporary pavilion by People’s Architecture Office

People’s Architecture Office has used 12 shipping containers to build a temporary, red and yellow pavilion in a fast-growing town in China’s Shanxi province (+ slideshow). The Beijing-based architecture studio stacked up containers into two rows with opposing angles to create a building that boasts zigzagging edges, projecting roof terraces and cantilevered overhangs. Called Container Stack More

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Converted shipping containers combine to form angular Flying Box house

Architect Josué Gillet used shipping containers to construct this prefabricated house in France, which features an asymmetric facade and a rooftop terrace (+ slideshow). The Flying Box house was devised by Gillet’s studio 2A Design for a small plot in the French village of Orgères, near Rennes. Both its design and construction method were a response to the confines More

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Cumulus Studio uses shipping containers to create lookout tower at a Tasmanian vineyard

Cumulus Studio has used shipping containers to create a lookout tower and wine-tasting space at a vineyard in Tasmania (+ slideshow). Cumulus Studio, which has offices in both Tasmania and Melbourne, designed the visitor facilities named Devil’s Corner Lookout and Cellar Door for the Brown Brothers winery in Apslawn. Constricted primarily from timber-clad shipping containers, the two structures provide More

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Explore examples of shipping-container architecture on our new Pinterest board

Architects are increasingly proposing new architectural uses for shipping containers, such as replacing slum housing with skyscrapers formed from the stacked metal boxes and forming staircases by balancing them at an angle. We’ve collected together the best shipping-container projects, both realised and proposed, from the pages of Dezeen and pinned them to a new Pinterest board. […]

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CRG Architects unveils concept for shipping container skyscrapers

CRG Architects has unveiled a proposal to replace slum housing with a pair of skyscrapers comprising stacks of brightly coloured shipping containers.  CRG Architects, which has offices in China and Nigeria, came up with the concept for Container Skyscraper to provide temporary accommodation to replace slum housing in developing countries. The firm proposes that recycled shipping containers could be […]

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Angled shipping container houses a staircase for Israeli port office by Potash Architects

Shipping containers are often repurposed to create buildings, and this structure by Tel Aviv studio Potash Architects features one container balanced at a precarious angle (+ slideshow). Named Shipping Container Terminal, the building provides offices and technical facilities at the Port of Ashdod – one of Israel’s two main cargo ports, located about 40 kilometres […]

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James Whitaker proposes cluster of shipping containers as an affordable workplace

These renders by London architect James Whitaker depict a proposal for a low-cost studio space in Germany comprising a cluster of shipping containers, which are arranged to direct sunlight into the interior at different times of day (+ slideshow). Whitaker developed the concept in 2010 while working as a photographer, after he was approached by an advertising agency […]

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Grillagh Water House by Patrick Bradley is made up of four stacked shipping containers

A balcony shaded by steel fins projects from the upper storey of this house in Northern Ireland, which architect and farmer Patrick Bradley built using four old shipping containers (+ slideshow). Patrick Bradley developed Grillagh Water House for a picturesque site on his own farm near the town of Maghera, taking advantage of local legislation that allows […]
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