Doesn’t sound too appealing? It’s actually not as bad as you might think. Here are a few of the ways architects and designers are recycling these byproducts of industry into incredibly cool (and affordable) places to live and work.
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Port-a-Bach 2 of 10The Port-a-Bach is the ultimate eco-friendly, small footprint vacation home. Priced around $55,000, it can sleep two adults and two children comfortably. When not in use, the tiny home folds up into a fully enclosed steel shell.
Visit Atelier Workshop for more information.
Push Button House 3 of 10With just the push of a button, this shipping container by illy expands to reveal a kitchen, dining area, bedroom, living room, and library, all built from recycled materials. The entire house only takes 90 seconds to unfold.
Visit illy for more information.
Holyoke Cabin 4 of 10Two brothers and their families built this Minnesota cabin retreat using only birch wood and a couple of $800 shipping containers. One of the brothers was so pleased with the success of the project that he create Hive Modular, a company that specializes in container homes.
Visit Hive Modular for more information.
The Cubes at Cove Park 5 of 10This artists community on the west coast of Scotland divided this shipping container into three "cubes," each functioning as an individual artist retreat suite.The green roof and other natural features help tie the recycled container into the beauty of the surrounding landscape.
Visit the Cove Park website for more information.
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Ross Stevens House 7 of 10This New Zealand home by designer Ross Stevens uses repurposed shipping containers to provide a stark contrast to its' natural surroundings. The interior expands beyond the containers themselves and into the hillside.
Visit Petra Alsbach on Flickr for more pictures of this amazing house.
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Container City 9 of 10Stacked shipping containers in this four-story complex in London create a flexible arrangement of office and living spaces. Amazingly, the initial install took only 4 days. Since this project, a number of container cities have been built around the world.
Visit the Container City website for more information.
Student Housing Project 10 of 10This student housing project in Amsterdam is made entirely of stacked shipping containers. Housing more than 1,000 students, each units has its' own balcony, bathroom, kitchen, and separate sleeping / studying areas.
Visit Tempohousing for more information.
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