Shipping containers have been used for years in the creation of buildings. In 2006 Peter DeMaria, designed the first two-story shipping container home in the U.S. that met the approval of building codes. Since that time, shipping containers are being used as homes, office buildings, art, hotels, pop-up stores, retail spaces, tree houses and more. Take an eco look at a few of our favorites.
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- 90% of bulk overseas goods are shipped by containers and most are a 1x use and sit rusting in yards.
- About 18 Million Cargo Shipping Containers worldwide,
- It is estimated that over 10,000 containers are lost at sea every year.
- Cost for new shipping container is about $20K.
- Used containers have different prices depend on the condition
This is a mixed use of recycled materials, old silos and shipping containers. Citiqe in South Africa built a low cost residents for students. (Source)
Here we have a Shipping Container City. The city was created for O+A as a temporary city for their annual festival called Over het IJ Festival which occurs annually in Amsterdams NDSM shipyard.
Shipping containers are being used in a variety of Pop Up stores
A simple Beach House in New Zealand
or a mansion-cottage in The Hamptons, New York
or on a beach in Sri Lanka.
How about in the desert? Build in the Mojave Desert in California.
In the jungle?
What about a treehouse?
Take a look at the first container house in Colorado, USA
A Hobbit Home made from shipping containers and a green roof!
Even in urban areas such as San Jose, California. This cost only $40,000 to build. The average price of a home in San Jose runs $300,000 +
They are building container houses everywhere
In Chile, known as the Manifesto House;
In Quebec, Canada
What impresses me the most, is the creative ability of people to see beyond a steel box. To take old rusted materials and re-create into a funky, affordable and livable home. If I ever to was remodel, I would consider a shipping container home.
What do you think?