Orchard Explores: Shipping Container Homes


It’s easy to see why these alternative homes have become so popular, they’re eco-friendly; inexpensive; and self-sufficient… to name but a few reasons.

Converting shipping containers into fully functioning homes is a trend that is becoming more and more popular.

These containers are made from corrugated steel with the intention of withstanding shipment, weathering and storage, meaning with a bit of TLC they can make a good foundation for a real, functioning house. 

However, the real temptation of these creative little homes lies within their innovative design and sheer attractiveness.

This architectural trend is growing globally, so we have collated some of our favourite shipping container homes from across the world that are certain to make your jaw drop!


Honomobo: HO4+, Canada

Made from four forty-foot containers, this nifty little home features 29 feet of floor to ceiling glass at the front of the property; two en-suite bedrooms; and is built with the ability to go net-positive with solar energy systems.

This Canadian home is almost unrecognisable as a shipping container.

 

 

Ecosa: Jones-Glotfelty, USA

This multi-storey container house was constructed in Flagstaff, Arizona meaning it was built to be totally weather proof, come rain or shine. 

Made predominantly out of recycled materials and fitted with energy efficient appliances and fixtures, this stacked design makes a perfect eco-friendly and affordable home.

 

 

RES4: Lake Iosco House, USA

Built for a mum and her young son, this three-bed New Jersey home sits beautifully on Lake Iosca, New Jersey.

The two-storey family home is constructed of four containers now covered in cedar wood, creating a stunning modern home.
This property illustrates one of the main advantages of living in a shipping container home, the freedom to not only have a home you love, but to be able to place it in any area, with any view you wish.

 

James Whitaker: Joshua Tree Residence, USA

Have you ever seen anything as imaginative as this James Whitaker design? 

This starburst shaped container home is situated in the rocky Californian desert, inspired by Whitakers previously proposed design for ‘Hechingen Studio’ – an office in Germany, which was never built. 
Perhaps childlike, definitely inventive, this container home is certainly a notable one. 

 

Studio Saxe: Containers of Hope, Costa Rica

This rural container project is simple and low budget – but it has by no means compromised on aesthetics! 
The two-container build is joined by a windowed roof made from scrap metal, lighting up the home with the San Jose sun. 

 

M Gooden Design: PV14, USA

Yes – it really is made from shipping containers! This phenomenal build’s key feature is it’s large roof deck overlooking White Rock Lake, from one of the highest elevations in Dallas. 
Whilst the roof deck serves as an aesthetic feature, it also is used for efficiency, as it serves as a solar screen to the single-ply membrane roof below, reducing energy costs.

 

ISO Spaces & CargoTek: Marston Court, UK

Ealing Council has used shipping containers to tackle homelessness in the London borough. 
Available to those in immediate need of emergency accommodation, the development can home up to 72 people, including young families and low-income individuals. 
These shipping container homes were manufactured, fitted, and finished in 14 weeks, making them an easy, fast and affordable way to reduce homelessness. 


Whilst it’s fair to say shipping container homes are unlikely to replace good old fashioned brick houses any time soon – it’s not hard to see the benefits of a new ‘container life’. 

 

Can you see yourself living in one of these homes? Fancy having a go at designing one yourself? Let us know, tweet us at @OrchardTweets or visit our Facebook page.

 

 

 

 




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