Vancouver: Social justice housing

Vancouver builders and social activists saw the potential of container homes in meeting the needs of a vulnerable population. The Atira women’s shelter in downtown Vancouver houses women at risk and their children. Twelve units have been assembled with private sleeping quarters and communal living spaces, allowing the residents both privacy and community — but…

London: shipping container city, in the city.

London features an entire container city with upwards of 80 units, where students interact with business-people, where offices and shops mix. This is a mixed community, pushing the envelope of collective co-habitation. It is called Pop Brixton: http://www.popbrixton.org/ http://londonist.com/2015/06/whats-brixtons-shipping-container-village-like The design is modular and fresh and it quickly became so popular that within 2 weeks builders…

Costa Rica: Container cabins for beach bums!

A fabulous yoga practitioner I know went to Costa Rica. She reports that a number of companies there use shipping containers for hostels, vacation rental and cabins. Costa Rica has an abundant shipping industry and easy access to the port, and so repurposing shipping containers  is a simple process. Looser building code regulations allow for…

Amsterdam container homes

In Amsterdam, shipping container homes are plentiful, dotting the city with colour and life. The Dutch are notorious for being tall and living small – and doing so with style. While there, I saw a 4-storey narrow width container home, constructed with open ends, each of which was a different colour. It was amazing and quite…

Around the world, container homes.

A shipping container home is a sound, intelligent and ecological response to the basic need for housing. Around the world, people have been adapting these versatile containers to meet the needs of their own particular communities and environments, crafting exciting and innovative spaces. In my travels – both virtual and actual – I have been inspired by…

Modern shipping container homes

Shipping Container home designs can be quite modern in their presentation. Given their boxy structure, a playful contemporary design might include cantilevers, exposed guts and raw materials. But make no mistake. These homes are anything but cold. Innovative technology exists to allow these boxes to be modern and habitable and warm. Energy efficient products like high…