Inspiring self-build home ideas using shipping containers

For its 2020 update, the book features 28 new projects all built in the last 10 years which have continued to push the concept of building with shipping boxes. 

By Hugh Metcalf | 5 March 2020

Take a look at some of the inventive homes made from shipping containers featured in the 2020 updated edition of Container Atlas.

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Image: Whitaker Studio. Container Atlas, gestalten 2020

First released in 2010, Container Atlas, published by gestalten and edited by Hans Slawik, Julia Bergmann, Matthias Buchmeier and Sonja Tinney, has been the seminal literature examining the role of repurposing the abundance of freight containers as a building material for the past decade.

For its 2020 update, the book features 28 new projects all built in the last 10 years which have continued to push the concept of building with shipping boxes.

From acting as prefab structures for small footprint homes to creative concepts that elevate these simple rectangles to bold, new architectural heights, take a look at some of the newest and most innovative builds.

Joshua Tree, Whitaker Studio

Inspired by the growth of crystals in a laboratory, the Mojave Desert in California is the perfect location to bring this conceptual build to life. Made from 19 shipping containers welded together, each spoke has been carefully situated to suit the internal use to the exterior landscape. The property is due for completion in 2020.