Container Buildings

April 8, 2007

Container House, from

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It turns out someone down the street has one of those PODS. We’re moving within the next month or so, and it occurred to us that having one of those big white boxes parked in front of our house for the next few weeks is going to make our lives a lot easier when it comes time to move. We can pack at our convenience (not frantically on moving day), and have it trucked over to our new house … whenever. Pretty cool. And cheaper than movers.

But it also reminded me of something else: shipping container architecture.

This stuff is brilliant. Mix standard shipping containers with a bit of creativity, and you have extremely sturdy and pretty sweet looking buildings.

LOT-EK has some of the best conceptual examples of how shipping containers can be used to build interesting houses, offices, and other such things. has a gallery of builders and designs for structures built from shipping containers. Container City has descriptions and photos of real world projects. has some great designs.

Very, very cool. Anyone know if any container structures here in Portland?

(illustration courtesy of


3 Responses to “Container Buildings”

  1. Ray Says:

    Where are you moving to?? Is this a business or residential move?

  2. Peat Says:

    Residential! We’re headed about 7 blocks south of our current digs. Exciting stuff. 😀

    I’ll post more when we have something reasonable to show for it. Heh.

  3. Hey, container homes are all the rage! It’s even happening in “third world countries” like “Mississippi, USA!” LOL!
    My family is currently building a 5,600 sq ft home, out of 40′ containers, and recycled aircraft hangar components.
    (In fact, that very drawing you see up there, was the inspiration for our new house! I kid you not!)
    It’s been a struggle, but not in the way you’d expect. The most difficult part is the “politics of the project.” Views are “narrow” here…
    One of the most important parts of this for us, is sharing what we’ve learned, with others!
    Check my blog, for a blow-by-blow of the construction action!

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