At first glance, the Tintaldra House developed by modular homebuilder Modscape, looks a lot like an example of shipping container architecture. But the home, located on the southern banks of the Murray River in Tintaldra, Australia, is actually a highly sustainable modular home that uses no shipping containers in its construction. It could though, given its shape and floor plan.


The house is made from a single module and functions completely off-the-grid, as it is situated in an area far removed from civilization. The house was built as a vacation cabin for a client, who only uses it for a few months each year. Due to this it had to be made in a way that allows it to be easily maintained during the long periods when it is not occupied. The cladding was specially developed in order to create an exterior resembling a shed. The cladding is made up of a base layer of new zincalume and a top layer of recycled zincalume, which was applied for effect. From afar the cabin, blends into the landscape and looks exactly like the many sheds already in the area.


The interior of the home is anything but shabby though. It consists of crisp white colorings and a clean lines design, with contemporary fittings and fixtures. Some of the exterior environment is still reflected in the interior as well, mainly through the use of timber flooring, decking, and a wood fire heater.

The interior has a very minimalistic layout, and features an open plan living/dining and kitchen area, a master bedroom, and a bathroom. The cabin is also equipped with a roof top mounted solar panel array, as well as a septic tank and a rainwater collection tank, which ensure a minimal environmental impact, and allow the cabin to function off-the-grid.



This home cost 192,000 AUD to build, which is approximately 171,000 USD. Looking at the floor plan, it is clear this home could be also built using shipping containers, which would very likely bring down the building cost considerably. Source: