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There is growing interest in the use of shipping containers as the basis for habitable structures. These "icons of globalization" are relatively inexpensive, structurally sound and in abundant supply. Although, in raw form, containers are dark windowless boxes (which might place them at odds with some of the tenets of modernist design...) they can be highly customizable modular elements of a larger structure.

The projects below are sorted alphabetically (by company or designer's name). In addition to the container-based projects listed below we offer links to useful web sites and relevant books.

Selected projects utilizing shipping containers.

Info credits: Zack Smith, Kevin Tze King Ho.
Architects, designers, developers: advise us of your project

A

Link
Project ID
Project Name
Architect/Designer
Designer Location
Status as of October 2006
055
EcoNomad
Combined Mechanical Utility Container
ACPI:
Udo Staschik

Kenora, Ontario
Canada
Portable power, water and heat for remote off grid locations: potable water, biological wastewater treatment, heating, electrical supply

066

Contemporary
Container
Homes

Graeme Addis/
Addis Containers

Auckand
New Zealand

Architecturally designed shipping container based contemporary houses to suit your site and lifestyle.

Addis Containers info credit: Thanks to Justin (modernlover)

077

Habitainer

Co-operative network coordinated by
Luis Rodriguez Alonso

Barcelona
Spain

Container-based live/work units. Development stage. Seeking resources.


B

Link
Project ID
Project Name
Architect/Designer
Designer Location
Status as of October 2006
058
Contained mobility
Chrissie Beavis
San Luis Obispo,
CA,
USA
Prototype under construction Fall 2003 as part of BA of Architecture at California Polytechnic State University

196

Modular Accommodation System (MAS)

Bluebase/Matthias Hamm

London, UK


European and HK Patented. SME grant for structural assessment.


C

Link
Project ID
Project Name
Architect/Designer
Designer Location
Status as of October 2006

200

Sauna Box

Castor Canadensis

Toronto, ON Canada

Wood fired stove with additional electicity supplied by a solar panel. Each Sauna Box is site specific and custom built.

054
Simonstown High School
Shipping Container Hostel
Paul Cooper
South Africa
Built in 1998

D

Link
Project ID
Project Name
Architect/Designer
Designer Location
Status as of October 2006
195

platFORM

William Deegan/ nextmodernfacilities

Bethlehem, PA,
USA

Project for a youth aids prevention/sports facility to be erected for under $5,000 US dollars in South Africa.

202

Redondo Beach House

DeMaria Design Associates

Manhattan Beach, CA


Custom residence in Redondo Beach, CA.
Under construction.

208

Zigloo Domestique

Keith Dewey

Victoria B.C.
Canada


Custom residence in Victoria B.C. Canada.
Under construction.


F

Link
Project ID
Project Name
Architect/Designer
Designer Location
Status as of October 2006

075

Ten Year Hotel

Lee Ferguson and Jonathan Whittaker

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Studio design project dealing with city, surface, and cell. This is a temporary approach to hotel design.

065

Gloucester Green

FXFOWLE

New York,
NY,
USA

Winner in a nationwide planning competition for a project that proposed the reuse of shipping containers as low-cost modules for 351 live/work housing units.

064

SECCA
HOME House project entry
- habitat house

Jim Fox, Leslie Ford and Marcus Bushong with instructors Geoffrey C. Adams and Karen King
School of Architecture
and Planning, UNM,
Albuquerque, NM
USA
One of 25 winning entries in the SECCA HOME House project competition.

G

Link
Project ID
Project Name
Architect/Designer
Designer Location
Status as of October 2006

056

Container School for humanity in
Cross Keys, Jamaica.
August and September 2000

Global Peace Containers Intl.
Prof. Dick Martin,
Soren Ludwig.

Atlanta
GA
USA

GlobalPeaceContainer.com builds sustainable, low-cost alternatives to traditional construction methods.

078

Global Portable Buildings

Global Portable Buildings Inc

Santa Rosa,
CA, USA

Container-based structures designed for commercial and residential applications.

048
Future Shack
Sean Godsell
Australia
built prototype

074

Keetwonen

Quinten de Gooijer

Amsterdam,
The Netherlands

Student village using 1050 ISO 40' containers near Amsterdam city center.

196

"Baldakin" Modular Accommodation System (BMAS)

Alain Guigan / AGRAL SA

Cully, Switzerland.

Modular Accommodation Capsules fitted in an ISO container frame.


H

Link
Project ID
Project Name
Architect/Designer
Designer Location
Status as of August 2006
049
Container Living
House
Kevin Tze King Ho
Singapore/Australia
Thesis on container living.
209
cargotecture studio 320
HyBrid
Seattle, WA,
USA

Cargotecture Studio 320 is manufactured by a Seattle area fabricator, and can be completed and delivered within two months.
068
Four-over-Two

HyBrid Seattle: Joel Egan, Robert Humble, Buster Simpson, et al.

Seattle, WA,
USA

CargoTecture: Coming Soon to Urban Infill Seattle; 72 Cans around 14th & Madison & Pike.


J

Link
Project ID
Project Name
Architect/Designer
Designer Location
Status as of October 2006
040
PRO/con packaged home/
Dwell Home invitational
Jones, Partners: Architecture
El Segundo, CA, USA
Example Design using the PRO/con building system
(see project ID 057)
As entered in the
Dwell Home invitational.
057
PRO/CON
program
Jones, Partners: Architecture
El Segundo, CA, USA
Complete building system incorporating ISO standard 20' shipping containers.

K

Link
Project ID
Project Name
Architect/Designer
Designer Location
Status as of October 2006
041
12 container house,
Brooklin, Maine
Adam Kalkin

New Jersey

Used as a vacation home by the client
042
The Collector's House at Shelburne Museum in
Shelburne, VT
Adam Kalkin
New Jersey
Open for inspection (during months when museum is open).
043

$99,000 House,
South version

Adam Kalkin
New Jersey
unknown
044
$99,000 House,
North version
Adam Kalkin
New Jersey
unknown

063

Quik Build
Adam Kalkin
New Jersey
2000 sf kit house. 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom.


067

Container Projects

Hannes Koppel

Keila, Estonia

Various container studies

201

Container Metamorphosed

J. Kretschmer, Architect

San Jose, CA USA

Concept


L

Link
Project ID
Project Name
Architect/Designer
Designer Location
Status as of August 2006
046
Guzman Penthouse
LOT-EK
Ada Tolla &
Giuseppe Lignano
New York,
NY, USA
Residential project completed1996
060
American
Diner #1
LOT-EK
Ada Tolla &
Giuseppe Lignano
New York,
NY, USA

Project for a diner created from 2 containers.One for cooking and one for dining.
Designed for use in Tokyo after shipping from the USA.
Unbuilt 1996
061
Container
Cafe
LOT-EK
Ada Tolla &
Giuseppe Lignano
New York,
NY, USA
Designed for
Art Basel-Miami Beach




059

MDU
Mobile
Dwelling
Unit

LOT-EK
Ada Tolla &
Giuseppe Lignano

New York,
NY
USA

Built prototype currently travelling through museums in North America. See second link for exhibition schedule.

062
Container Kit Home
LOT-EK
Ada Tolla &
Giuseppe Lignano, + Guy Zucker,
Maggie Peng
New York,
NY
USA
2003
project currently in development

198

Container Home Kit
CHK Loft

LOT-EK
Ada Tolla + Giuseppe Lignano partners

New York,
NY
USA

2005 in development.

199

Container Home Kit
CHK Compact

LOT-EK
Ada Tolla + Giuseppe Lignano partners

New York,
NY
USA

2005 in development.


M

Link
Project ID
Project Name
Architect/Designer
Designer Location
Status as of October 2006
045
fhiltex-x
mmw architects
Oslo, Norway
single built prototype
using 2 containers.
various renderings online.

071

4 Container House
(s-CON01)

Mark Meyer
designSTUDIO

Austin, TX


4 Container House study

072

2 Container House
(s-CON02)

Mark Meyer
designSTUDIO

Austin, TX

2 Container House study


O

Link
Project ID
Project Name
Architect/Designer
Designer Location
Status as of October 2006
047
Seatrain Residence for Richard Carlson
Office of Mobile Design: Jennifer Siegal,
Venice, California
Ccompleted residence

R

Link
Project ID
Project Name
Architect/Designer
Designer Location
Status as of August 2006

069

Container Camping

Royal Wolf Containers
Australia

Sydney,
Australia

Originally designed for weekend camping groups. Has many applications and set-up time is under 20 minutes. Unit is fully weatherproof.

070

Food Servery

Royal Wolf Containers
Australia

Sydney,
Australia

Constructed for a water cable ski park in Australia. Has a capacity to serve up to 400 persons per hour. Fully self contained and operational in minutes.


S

Link
Project ID
Project Name
Architect/Designer
Designer Location
Status as of October 2006

211

FREITAG Shop Zurich

spillmann.echsle architekten eth sia

Zurich, ZH, Switzerland


The new, recycled FREITAG SHOP ZURICH, is entirely made from 17 used freight containers.

079

Flat-pack accomodation container

StarCabin
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Space-creation solutions: solid, stable in value and extremely versatile. Next to each other, on top of each other, behind each other, stackable and combinable.

T

Link
Project ID
Project Name
Architect/Designer
Designer Location
Status as of October 2006

076

Mobile Atelier

Instructor: Evelyn Tickle at University of Virginia in 2000

Charlotesville, VA

Mobile dwelling designed and built by 12 fourth year University of Virginia School of Architecture students in 2000


U

Link
Project ID
Project Name
Architect/Designer
Designer Location
Status as of October 2006
050
Container
Learn Tower
London

Urban Space Management
Developer:
Eric Reynolds
London, UK
Built and operating as classrooms in East London.
051

Live/work artists studios
Cove Park, Scotland.
Urban Space Management
London, UK
Built and operating as live/work studios for artists.
052
Container City I
Trinity Buoy Wharf

Urban Space Management
Developer:
Eric Reynolds
London, UK
Studios/workshops.
Built and occupied.
053
Container City 2
Trinity Buoy Wharf

Urban Space Management
Developer:
Eric Reynolds
London, UK
Studios/workshops.
Built and occupied.

 

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Useful links
If you have any relevant links let us know

Container Sources
Shipping containers are widely available - here are just a few of the many sources:

Allied Container Products Antioch, California
Seabox East Riverton, New Jersey
Factory Containers Direct - Inventory available in multiple locations- see web site.
TRS Containers Avenel, New Jersey
ISO Containers East Riverton, New Jersey
Interport Newark, New Jersey
Martin Container Wilmington, California
On-Site Storage Solutions Los Angeles, California based. Multiple other locations.
Containers Direct Intertrade Christchurch, New Zealand
Addis Containers Ltd Auckland, New Zealand
Global Portable Buildings Santa Rosa, California
US Government surplus

Technical Resources

Cargo Container Info - a detailed information resource (thanks to Justin/Modernlover)
ATCO structures - rapid roof system
GDV Transport Information Service
- container information
P&O Nedlloyd - container specifications and information
Tandemloc - hardware/fittings/connectors

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Books

LOT/EK: Mobile Dwelling Unit
by Henry Urbach, Robert Kronenberg, Aaron Betsky
Publisher: Distributed Art Publishers;
(July 2003)
ISBN: 189102468X

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Architecture and Hygiene
by Adam Kalkin
Publisher: Batsford (Sep 2002)
ISBN: 0713487895

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Mobile: The Art of Portable Architecture
by Jennifer Siegal
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
ASIN: 1568983344

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