Shipping containers have often been used to move cargo, but now using them as base structures of buildings is ever increasing.

They have been used in bespoke ‘pop-up’ locations such as the Hassell-designed Urban Coffee Farm and Brew Bar which was part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival this year.

Joost Bakker created the Greenhouse – a transportable restaurant which can pop-up anywhere – last seen in Sydney in 2011.

But sometimes they are here to stay, such as the Re:Start Mall in Christchurch, New Zealand by architect Anton Tritt of the Buchan Group. After the earthquakes across the city, shipping containers were originally chosen as they are strong and could be reused if the site owners wanted to build more permanent buildings. However the success of the mall means they are likely to remain in place for years.

This brings us to using these steel beasts to make surprisingly amazing homes, as Kristin Chirico of Buzzfeed reports – it is just like Lego for adults.


Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan doesn’t try to hide the containers, but instead lets the vibrant colours stand out.

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Adorable guest houses can be created in the back yard. It even includes a roof-top garden.

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This beach house in New Zealand has perfect indoor-outdoor flow.

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They can also make for fairly cheap construction. The Manifesto House in Chile was constructed for only $118,000.

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Shipping containers can also be the perfect way to create a sustainable home. This Ecopod can be on or off the grid, and only used recycled materials, such as car tires for the floor.



To see more houses made out of shipping containers, click here.