Dwell has the story on this 8'x40' container space in San Antonio designed by Jim Poteet. The tiny retreat – living space, bathroom, and sink and counter – is sandwiched by a foundation of recycled telephone poles and roof of lush greenery. The container also has bamboo flooring and wallcovering, an electric composting toilet from Sun-Mar, a mini-split heating and cooling system, and large floor-to-ceiling windows and doors to allow natural light. This illustrates, with impressive flare, what can be done with containers, don’t you agree?
Alan Stulberg, a vintage motorcycle builder and mechanic, has been thinking about this project for nearly six years. Deciding to take the plunge, he drew a rough sketch one day and five months later, here’s the Studio Pod. Stulberg built the container studio in his backyard in Austin, Texas, and it’s now being used as a creative artist space.
Recently I noticed this container structure, The Moderne Showroom, which is a sales center for a mixed-use tower planned for Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It's not the first container sales center we've seen — recall the MirabeauB sales center — but it's interesting, temporary, and functional. The structure was designed by Rinka Chung Architecture and provides another example of shipping container reuse in an architectural context.
After the debut of PUMA City in Boston last year, PUMA redesigned the massive retail container space to create a new space in New York to coincide with FIFA World Cup 2010. The smaller space, PUMA City NY, features two separate shipping containers configured as a retail space by architects LOT-EK and builders SG Blocks, maker of the Harbinger House.
When using shipping containers for a structure, you'll want to do your homework, but often the results can be stunning, as is the case here. Located in Brittany, France, Crossbox was built with four containers and topped with greenery. Two modules cantilever over the other two, but you can hardly tell what's going on as drywall and cladding camouflage the industrial skeleton.