Zigloo Domestique is First Canadian Shipping Container Home


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.




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  • http://treehugger.com Lloyd Alter

    It is most definitely not the first shipping container building in Canada; my dad built one in 1972.


      Thanks for the correction, Lloyd! I was basing that “first” designation on the article that I sourced for some of this information. I should have better vetted it! -L.

      • http://treehugger.com Lloyd Alter

        It is a minor caveat, Zigloo is doing great stuff making permanent residential housing. Call it a fathers’ day thing.


          Understood :)

  • http://www.zigloo.ca ktdewey

    It is great to know the pedigree of the concept. Thanks for the education. Where in Canada is the building you are showing?

  • Leonard

    Very nice really.

  • Debbie Shepheard

    I live in Devon, AB and would love to know where and when this construction will take place.

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  • southern truck


    It is really unick post about container design design thanks for posting it…

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