Using shipping containers for more than shipping?
Shipping containers have turned out to be incredibly versatile structures. No longer are they simply used for transporting cargo across oceans. Nowadays, they are the primary building blocks of many architectural creations. Their unique and durable design makes them the perfect blank slate for building a variety of amazing things.
Not only that, but shipping containers are also cost-effective. Even “retired” containers can be purchased and used for building projects. With many sizes to choose, and at a fraction of the cost, using sea containers makes a lot of sense. And the creativity seems almost endless.
Here’s a look at 5 creative ways in which sea containers are used.
Because they are so easily modified, sea containers are being used to build some beautiful houses. They have all the durability and insulation of a traditionally built house, but at a fraction of the cost. You can finish out the interior and design it however you like. You can also combine shipping containers to expand on square footage and add to your design.
Check out some amazing shipping container homes here.
Much like using shipping containers to build houses, they are also used to build offices. Not only are they easily modified, but shipping containers are also incredibly portable. While it can be painstaking to try to move a traditionally built office, sea containers offices are already design for transportation. This becomes incredibly useful to certain industries like construction.
Check out some amazing shipping container offices here.
Yes, believe it or not, sea containers are being used now as restaurants. Even companies like Starbucks and Nike are using them for some of their stores. Shipping containers are easy to modify to fit all the components of a restaurant and, again, at a fraction of the cost. And, since they are so portable, it takes the idea of a food truck to a whole new level.
Check out some amazing shipping container restaurants here.
As if building a home, office, or restaurant wasn’t creative enough, shipping containers are now being used as swimming pools. Because their structural strength, size, and simple design, modifying sea containers into swimming pools is not very difficult. Shipping containers are also already well insulated, so regulating water temperature is easy. That being said, some companies even build in a jacuzzi.
Check out some amazing shipping container pools here.
What if you could build a barn with less wood, in less time, and make it more durable? Well, if you use sea containers, you can. Shipping containers are built to withstand the harsh environment of ocean freight transportation, so they are resistant to fire and water. And since they are already designed for storage and easily modified, they are the perfect complement to barn building.
Check out this amazing shipping container barn build here.
These five examples are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to sea container uses. More and more, architects, builders, and even fortune 500 companies are finding creative ways to take advantage of the simply, yet versatile metal box. So, if you’re looking to save money on your next building project, or simply want a durable, easily modified building, consider using shipping containers. Amazing things happen when you think outside of the “box”.