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6 Amazing shipping container ideas to live or start business in it



Minimalism has been the trend lately. With the rising search of sustainable property and eco-friendly style, the recycle of upcycled shipping containers as building units has been trending recently.


The shipping containers are used for transporting goods from one place to another both domestically and internationally. The question arises what happens to the containers once they are emptied out or when they are useless.


The container, which are long, spacious and structurally strong element, most often economical too, can be a perfect choice to living structure out of it.


Building a house or a structure with the shipping container can be sustainable as it is low-cost and modern. Rooms can be made bigger or spacious just by adding another container to it.


Some of the advantage of using the shipping containers as a building structure are that they can be flexible structure, can be removed or taken to a different place and a great option for

businesses like restaurant or retail shops.



Here are 6 shipping container ideas that are being used as a building structure around the world, for you to get an idea of how you can use them in the future.


1. Cité A Docks Student Housing

(All Photo courtesy from Cattani architects)


The Cité is the Dock a project by Cattani Architects located in Le Havre, France. A four-story building that houses 100 apartments made of old shipping containers.


All rooms with bathrooms, kitchen, free wifi and has been carefully designed to have a great heat and sound insulation.




Much of the success of the design is the way the containers were distributed creating empty spaces and common areas between the flats. The location near the water creates a very modern and industrial feeling.



2. Box Office – Rhode Island, USA

(All Photo courtesy from Distill Studio)


The Box Office consists of 12 office/studio spaces constructed from 37 recycled shipping containers on an abandoned strip of Providence history - the former Harris Lumber site.


The project was designed by Joe Haskett, principal at Distill Studio, and developed by Truth Box, Inc.


Some of the features of the structure are that they are well-insulated, super tight exterior with high performance windows and doors, high efficiency air source heat pumps in each unit, and energy recovery ventilators (ERV) to conserve energy and to provide fresh air.



The interiors are well lit since the windows are placed to make maximum use of sunlight.


3. Bayside Marina Hotel – Yokohama, Japan

(All Photo courtesy from Yasutaka Yoshimura architects)


The bayside marian hotel’ by japanese firm yasutaka yoshimura architects.


The structure is based on the form of the shipping container, located on the seaside of yokohama, the whole design is actually a prefabricated modular cottages, that are randomly placed on the site, allowing for each residence to have different views.


The containers are long and narrow, that have been fabricated in Thailand and are then assembled in Japan. Each unit consist of two containers that are stacked upon one another.






4. Wahaca Restaurant – London, England


(All Photo courtesy from Softroom Architects)


The Wahaca Mexican Restaurant is located in Southbank of London and they consist of 8 containers. The design does not only address the historic river bank but also plays with the double height of the structures making it two floored structure.


The containers are vibrantly colored and they give a trendy look as it address street art and by bringing lot of younger generations as well.


One of the top floor containers has been cantilevered out over the restaurants ramped entrance to create a canopy above the ground floor.




5. Ogura Asahi Kindergarten – Saitama, Japan


(All Photo courtesy from HIBINOSEKKEI + Youji no Shiro)


Buildings manufactured from upcycled shipping containers are stoning up everywhere the place recently, from schools in Costa Mesa to daycares in London.


This stylish inexperienced building technique utilizes prefab materials to make a visual statement that focuses on environmental responsibility and upcycling. Inside of every structure is softened with warm timber panels, with massive windows gap up into the nursery and therefore the schoolroom.


Making use of the shipping containers and preserving energy within the entire construction method, the architects hope to send a valuable lesson to each the kids and their oldsters to meet the importance of preserving our restricted resources.



6. CURA - Intensive Care Unit

(All Photo courtesy from max tomasinelli)



The first COVID-19 intensive care units made from repurposed shipping containers have been installed at a hospital in Turin, Italy.


Developed by the Italian designers Carlo Ratti Associati unitedly with Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the temporary, moveable two-bed units might expand the hospital area quick in nations troubled to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.


The units are connected via expansive corridors that function as changing rooms and storage units.


Each pod, meanwhile, has glass windows that would permit guests to urge nearer to their dear ones while not facing them in danger of infection.


Freestanding and simply shippable, the CURA units might offer the help required to battle the pandemic because it can be moved across the world. The key factor is that the ease with that you'll move these pods around.




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