Shipping container homes and commercial structures such as restaurants and coffee shops are becoming popular all across the world. And while many newcomers to the shipping container construction movement believe that their almost modular frames are too confining for architects and designers, we’re here to show you some examples of just how unique and creative a shipping container interior can be.
Bottom line, you can do anything with a shipping container. Let’s take a look at some of the top interior designs you won’t believe until you see!
If you want an example of a relaxing and rustic atmosphere, check out this open-air container coffee shop. It’s a small space, with only enough room on the inside for the barista and POS, but the interior is expertly crafted to allow doors to be drawn on any side. It’s both cozy and airy at the same time.
COVID-19 has rocked the economy from top to bottom. But shipping containers are, once again, showing their versatility. These units’ interiors have been redesigned to become portable ICUs for treating coronavirus patients. Their portability means they can go anywhere that’s necessary for the doctors on the front lines.
Photographer: Max Tomasinelli
Some entrepreneurs are using shipping containers to jumpstart new businesses. This particular shipping container design is used for a variety of hotel rooms on the former California Vineyard. The spacious interiors and high ceilings almost make you forget that the structures used to be used for shipping goods!
Photographer: Paul Vu
Many of the best shipping container homes make use of the containers’ ability to be modified with a ton of windows. This home lets in tons of natural light and doesn’t take up tons of space in the neighborhood. Nonetheless, it’s both stylish and comfortable and allows one or two people to live a relaxed, carbon-low lifestyle.
This shipping container home features a notable exterior and interior. The interior makes use of wood-colored walls and wide windows that showcase the stunning terraces and staircases that connect between different structures. It’s a perfect getaway spot for a vacation or a summer home.
Photographer: river and rain
Sometimes shipping containers are best used as guesthouses instead of primary abodes. In this case, the wide windows attached to this shipping container illuminate a spacious living area and a long hallway that leads into a small kitchenette and sleeping area. With plenty of sunshine and lots of green surroundings, it offers a natural-focused aesthetic that few other homes can emulate.
Most shipping container homes are assumed to be small and cramped. This collection of several shipping containers proves that assumption wrong. Built by welding multiple containers on top of one another, this multi-story structure is a wide-open home with several levels, balconies, different rooms, and even certain windows that can be opened to allow in a fresh breeze. An attached patio completes the structure.
Architect: Adam Kalkin
Sometimes simplicity is the way to go. This complex of multiple shipping containers is used to demonstrate art and gives students a place to let their imagination run wild. By combining multiple shipping containers into a single complex, semi-open hallways and various rooms run into each other, affording an ironically flowing aesthetic despite all the walls.
Here we have another multi-story shipping container structure. This home is designed to offer all the functionality, open-space, and creature comforts of a modern home, but it’s made from several shipping containers welded together. Of particular note is the spiral staircase in the corner, which allows easy ascending to the second level.
Architect: Patrick Partouche
This shipping container home takes advantage of the natural flexibility of shipping containers and uses a sliding glass door to allow occupants to enjoy the patio just outside or let a nice breeze into the main home’s space. Smartly chosen decorations (many of which are made from secondhand materials) emphasize the authentic and unique aesthetic of the place – there’s nowhere else quite like it.
Some folks like the minimalist style, like the occupants of this complex shipping container home. Check out this kitchen, which has all the bells and whistles you would expect, but a rather ruthless and industrial style that harkens back to the origins of the shipping containers themselves. A snugly installed stove and oven round out the space, and wide windows allow plenty of visibility to the surrounding mountains and Mojave Desert, plus the plants just outside.
Photographer: Jack Parsons
This kitchen is made out of a single shipping container but, through smart interior design, still fits all of the modern amenities you could want in a family’s cooking space. The drawers are rather plain, but open up much farther than you would expect to provide tons of storage space and enough room to keep ingredients and tools to make a meal worthy of anyone.
All of these shipping container interior designs showcase the creativity and originality of occupants and business owners. More than that, they prove that shipping containers can be used for any structure you can imagine – there’s no limit to the versatility and functionality of these flexible storage solutions!
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