7 of the Coolest Converted Shipping Containers

This is a shipping container:

ShippingIt is pretty unglamorous, and, I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t much like to live in one.  Shipping containers are traditionally used to transport goods in bulk on trains or planes.  They are the epitome of industrial.

But about 10 years ago, some wildly creative people started using them for another purpose.  If you have been paying attention to housing trends the last few years, we think you know where we are going with this.  Shipping container houses. There is something about the juxtaposition of industrial versus homey that you can’t help but fall in love with, right?

If you are as fascinated as we are by the transformation of a box of steel into something magical, then settle in. Just for you, we’ve compiled a list of our 7 favorite shipping container buildings, ever.

#1 – Backyard Retreat


This beautiful backyard guest house is brought to you by Poteet Architects . The bright blue is so vibrant against that lush landscaping.

#2 – Modern in the Mojave

First Shipping Container House in Mojave Desert 1First Shipping Container House in Mojave Desert 4

This 2,300 square foot Ecotech Design is structured into a one bedroom, one-and-a-half bathroom 6 containers residence. The clean lines and sweeping views make us almost want to move to the Mojave Desert. Almost.

#3 – Oceanfront Living in New Zealand

This amazing New Zealand beach house is like the perfect sun porch during the day...

This beautiful beach house comes with a fireplace and sweeping ocean views to make it the perfect place to watch a sunset. Bravo, 1 Kind Design.

#4 – The Kalkin House in Vermont

The Kalkin House in Vermont knows how to make an entrance.

The Kalkin House, designed by Adam Kalkin, is one of the most well known storage container houses in the US. The man definitely knows how to make an entrance.

#5 – The Million Dollar View


With only $40,000, Benjamin Garcia Saxe has built a beautiful home with sweeting views in Costa Rica. The bathtub overlooks the sweeping hills of the tropical landscape, proving that luxury doesn’t always have to come at a high price.

#6 – Rustic Renovation in Colorado

The masculine feel of Colorado’s first shipping container home by Studio H:T makes it the envy of every mountain-loving man for miles around.

#7 – Jean Nouvel’s Restaurant


Ok, ok, so this isn’t a home. But we can’t leave out French architect Jean Nouvel’s storage container masterpiece.  LES GRANDE TABLES is a large timber frame structure wrapped in glass, and it can be seen from miles around.

Would you live in any of these storage container homes? Comment below to tell us which one!


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