Building Homes From Shipping Containers
More than 18 million freight containers make 200 million trips per year, moving the world’s goods from port-to-port. It’s system that’s been in place for 50 years.
But ever since a California architect used the containers to build the world’s first Uniform Building Code-compliant 2-story home, the boxes have been on the fringe of the Green Home Movement.
Look at these few examples container-based housing from around the world:
- A home made from 12 containers
- A student housing project in the Netherlands
- A condo development in London
Shipping containers are popular among architects because they’re cheap, plentiful, and easily shaped into designs. They’re popular among consumers for their small eco-footprint.
They’ll likely never replace traditional building materials, but shipping container homes should become more commonplace over the next decade.