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Innovative Shipping Container Structures

Building homes and business headquarters out of recycled shipping containers is awesome, of course, but these cool building blocks lend themselves very well to a wide variety of supplemental uses as well. Below you will find three innovative shipping container architecture solutions that address non-living needs of the occupants. If living in a shipping container does not appeal to you, yet you would still like to use this green construction method, then perhaps the below examples will give you some ideas.

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Top Commercial Shipping Container Projects

Using shipping containers to build residential houses is a great way of recycling the disused containers that are piling up in ports across the world. While more and more people are opting to build their houses out of shipping containers, an even bigger impact can be made when companies, or even governments decide to use shipping containers as the main building material for their building projects. Here are a few such projects.

Royal Wolf’s Headquarters in Australia

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A Shipping Container Apartment Complex Soon in DC

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Washington DC will soon get it’s very own apartment complex made of repurposed shipping containers. The complex will be located at 3305 Seventh Street. NE in Brookland. The firm Equity Group LLC is behind the project, which will involve turning an existing single family home into a three-story, four-unit shipping container apartment complex. Work has already begun, and the architects are confident the whole building will be finished by the end of August.
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Manifesto House is Built From Three Shipping Containers

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A few years ago the sustainable housing design firm Infiniski completed yet another awesome shipping container home. Located in Curacaví, Chile the Manifesto House is made from three recycled shipping containers, while it also boasts of a number of other sustainable features. Infiniski prides itself on designing and building homes made from at least 80 percent recycled, repurposed and non-polluting materials, which includes disused containers, as well as railway tracks, forklift palettes and even old bottles.
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A Gorgeous Shipping Container-Like Beach House

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The so-called Coromandel Bach beach home was designed by Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects, who drew inspiration from shipping container architecture. The home, which was built like a container, is located in the picturesque region of Coromandel, New Zealand. In building the home the architects wanted to stay true to the traditional New Zealand building methods by designing a structure that was both raw and unique, when it comes to cladding, lining and joinery.
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Shipping Containers Outfitted to Become Temporary Housing for Canada’s Workers

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A British Columbia-based modular home company, BigSteelBox, has unveiled a series of temporary living quarters for workers made out of shipping containers. The housing was built to house Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) workers in a work camp and is designed to offer them all the comforts of home, while LNG carries out the new liquid natural gas projects in Northern B.C.
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