Shipping Container Homes
When you think about the humble shipping or cargo container, it’s unlikely you’ve previously considered the idea of actually living inside one!
Shipping or cargo containers, it seems, have a 101 uses. Thanks largely in part to an active green and environmental lobby, the concept of shipping container homes has not only been born but is in fact growing in popularity.
These fabricated corrugated steel boxes have some qualities and characteristics that lend themselves extremely well to conversion and therefore, all sorts of different types of accommodation.
The truth is that from the early days of the shipping container industry back in 1970s, container boxes have regularly provided shelters for some of the world’s poorer people all over the world.
Empty Storage & Cargo Containers
Virtually every sea port in the world has an endless supply of used, second hand empty containers which, regardless of their age, provide more than ample protection from the elements.
For the environmentalists, however, there are other more practical and economical reasons. In an era when property prices have escalated in the developed world, the increase in international imports and exports has meant that 1000s upon 1000s of containers are being shipped daily worldwide.
The Problem & The Question
The problem arises once the freight and cargo has reached its destination. And that problem manifests in the question: “What do you do with 1000s of empty shipping containers?”.
With so many people suffering from economic crises and recessions, one answer is to consider building a home (or putting the container to some other functional use) using shipping containers as building blocks. The varying dimensions of standard shipping containers make for some extremely interesting, imaginative and impressive shipping container home designs.
We have, therefore, scoured the internet and brought together a large selection of shipping container housing examples in an effort to explore the nascent world of container architecture.