10 Shipping Container Projects of 2009


If there's something we're seeing more of it's container projects.  And nothing brings out emotion like a shipping container project.  Some argue that the benefits of using containers for a structure's framework are negligible, if any, while others argue that container projects are too austere.  Or industrial.  Nonetheless, as long as you're building with old containers, we'll likely keep talking about the greener ones.  In the mean time, feel free to review the best of this year (click the text links for more images and information).

Maison IDEKIT Container Home in Quebec


Low Tech Container Retreat in Texas


A Simple Yet Functional Two Container Home in Thailand


Green Shipping Container House in Houston


Creative Use of Container Offices in Unused Warehouse Space


Vibrant Offices Built from 32 Containers in Rhode Island


Four Square Church Parsonage built from Recycled Containers in LA


Corvi Container Cabana in Oregon Backyard


New York City Gets a Containerized Solar Charging Station


New Upcycled Container Cafe in Austin


Note that some of these projects made our list of 62 Innovative Green Homes of 2009.  Also, if you're using containers for a project, whether a house, office, retreat, or otherwise, make sure to let us know.  If it's cool or unique and green, we'll try to share it with other readers …

  • http://www.facebook.com/ecozebra Andrew Stone

    I love the Idekit! It’s beautiful.

  • Anonymous

    You missed the Tad Asana contemporary build in NC from DwellBox.

  • http://shoestringaustin.com/ Laura Roberts

    I’m surprised you didn’t include the Muvbox restaurant in Montreal (their website is here: http://www.muvboxconcept.com/en/index.html). It’s a shipping container that turns into a restaurant, opening automatically with solar power, and then folding back up every evening. Pretty awesome to watch, and I hear the food isn’t bad, either!

    • http://www.jetsongreen.com Preston

      Laura, I’m glad you shared this with us. Hadn’t heard about it yet. We’ll try to get something together on this and feature it possibly for 2010!

  • http://mportlandrealestate.com/ Portland Condo Auctions

    The one in Quebec is my favorite. It is the one that looks the most natural and has none of the “recycled” feel to it.


  • http://www.sincerelysustainable.com theauthor

    Great list, but you forgot to include PLATOON KUNSTHALLE which is one of the better/most well-suited container projects.


  • http://www.shippingcontainerssale.com/ Hank S.

    Great list! It’s pretty amazing to see all the different uses for shipping containers. I especially like the container offices in the warehouse space.

  • Name

    Does anyone know what happened to Demaria Designs(Four Square Church)? Walked by their office today and it was completely empty except for their sign. Have they moved or are they (Demaria and Logical Homes) bust?

  • Anonymous

    There is an awesome new site that shows people how to build their own container home called http://www.containerhome.info

    I think we are going to see a lot more of these interesting homes built in the coming couple of years.

  • Ayodele Yusuf

    thanks all for sharing your knowledge about adaptive uses of containers…just spent the morning learning about all kinds of neat ideas and applications! A good way to spend the morning I might add!!!

  • http://www.containeralliance.com/articles/rent-a-shipping-container.php Rent Pro Taylor

    These are really lovely, any idea as to how much these costs?

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