Residential designer, Keith Dewey, has designed what is considered to be the first shipping container building in Canada: a home in which he lives with his wife and daughter in Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia. Built on a 42 by 40 foot lot, the home comprises 2,000 square feet of living space and was constructed of eight twenty-foot shipping containers that were modified to include windows, doors, and a “proper roof.”

Dewey was inspired to build the home, which he calls “Zigloo Domestique,” while attending the Ontario College of Art and Design’s environmental design program. It has three bedrooms and two bathrooms, features a salvaged exterior staircase, and has saved an estimated seventy trees. On the lower floor is located a bathroom, recreation room that can be used as a bedroom, and the mechanical room. The main floor layout is an open, circulating area of living spaces and the upper floor is home to the master bedroom, bathroom, and a guest room that can be used as a den.


Dewey’s design firm, Zigloo, is working on additional shipping container projects that are in various stages between concept and construction.

The CargoSpace lofts and landing community in Devon, Alberta will be constructed of over 2,000 shipping containers to create townhouse and condominium units, retail space, offices, a hotel, and community areas. Sustainability features will include solar hot water, photovoltaic panels, grey water reclamation, and a green roof system.


The Eco-Cargo CargoSpace residential unit specifications are for 800 square feet of living space from two containers to create a two bedroom, one bathroom home with a green roof and PV solar. Concept plans are available to purchase for $200.