Repurposing Shipping Container

Shipping container architecture is slowly making its way in the mainstream architecture and design. As a result, a lot of business owners are already considering in utilizing this rather inventive and cost efficient alternative in building their brick-and-mortar business.

Evidently enough, from houses to offices; schools to establishments, portable toilets to pop-up stores, these discarded permanent fixtures the can be found in most truck boneyards and junk shops managed to be rise from the piles of oblivion and transform into a far better use!

They finally arrived, and they’re all here to stay.

Shipping ContainerBut just how far will these gigantic repurposed containers go in terms of longevity, sustainability and viability. Or better, will it be the future of architecture?

To gauge this, we’ve listed a number of advantages of employing repurposed shipping containers in architecture and design.

Virtually cheaper than traditional construction

Along with the lower cost of the container, itself – which usually lands at around $900-$1,500 per used unit or less than $6,000 per brand new unit – overall construction is still way affordable than working with a traditional contractor to build a traditional brick-and-mortar structure.

Moreover, the usage of large gears are less needed as it usually only takes some reliable lifting equipment, power tools and a number of engineers, designers, contractors and builders are needed to operate and erect the structures.

It’s eco-friendly

Using this green alternative to build a relatively new home or business structure reduces carbon footprints emitted by heavy machineries. Along with the reduction of some gas and electric-powered equipment, having these containers to build an edifice will greatly help in pulling off unused and abandoned and impounded cargo containers from ports, and thus solving this common and recurring problem port overcrowding.

It’s versatile

Since using cargo containers for your proposed structure is like playing building blocks, you can pretty much do whatever you want to do with it. House, office space, remote business site, pop-up store, whichever you prefer. Design-wise, you can easily pinpoint certain aesthetics that usually can’t be executed in some, if not most traditional architectures. And at the same time, remodeling is more accessible in case you want to re-organize or update your dwelling since the characteristics of cargo containers can pretty much blend in with practically anything and everything.

Guaranteed durable

Pretty much a given, since these cargo containers are built to endure the harshest of harsh conditions such as sea humidity, salt water and other elements. So there’s pretty much nothing to worry about threats of catastrophic events such as earthquakes and hurricanes, as long as the structure is well-built and assembled.


Want to change address? With repurposed cargo container, moving your entire house – literally – can be done easily. And since most of the cargo container-made structures rarely use underground foundations and crawl spaces the use of heavy-duty hydraulic jacks to crank up your home/office can be skipped at times… Or if they do, foundations are not that deep enough to become a lifting burden.

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