START A PETITION 27,000,000 members: the world's largest community for good

A House Made from a Shipping Container

A House Made from a Shipping Container

Do you ever wonder what happens to all those corrugated metal shipping boxes? Is there some graveyard where obsolete cargo containers go to be piled into a rusty, sad mountain of metal?

Well, look at this pin Michelle, editor of Gardenista, came across: A New Zealand architecture firm called Atelierworkshop has transformed a shipping container into a holiday house—a “bach” is what they call a vacation cabin in New Zealand, by the way, short for “bachelor pad”—and it has a foldout terrace, clever bunk beds, and a tiny kitchenette.

Photographs via Atelierworkshop.

Above: This particular holiday house is a “port-a-bach” because it doesn’t have a permanent foundation. It folds open, Barbie-Dream-House style, to reveal a patio (with a retractable awning and wind screens).

Above: Murphy-bed style bunks fold out for open-air sleeping.

Above: Louvered doors aid ventilation.

Michelle used to think shipping container cabins sounded like a crazy idea, but now she’s a convert. For another of her favorite shipping container campsites, see Little Cargo Container in the Big Woods.

What do you think? Would you vacation (or live full-time) in this house?

Read more: Crafts & Design, Crafts & Hobbies, Green Home Decor, Home, Materials & Architecture, Reduce, Recycle & Reuse, Remodelista, Surprising uses for ..., , , , ,

have you shared this story yet?

go ahead, give it a little love


Gardenista is a one-stop sourcebook for cultivated living, a guide to outdoor design and gardening. Helmed by former New York Times columnist Michelle Slatalla, Gardenista features inspiration, garden visits, and advice for all things outdoor living, from patios and peonies, to tables and terraces. Gardens matter, and Gardenista celebrates tomatoes on the fire escape as much as rolling acres of green.


+ add your own
10:52PM PDT on Jul 11, 2013

loved the article, great information, and good comments from the care 2 members.

8:46AM PDT on May 22, 2013

Thank you Gardenista, for Sharing this!

5:40AM PDT on May 22, 2013

Would make a really neat lakeside retreat.

12:09AM PDT on May 19, 2013

cool, thanks for posting

1:45PM PDT on May 17, 2013

This is way too cool given the numbers of these containers that are out of commission and rotting on the landscape. I wonder how they are plumbed? Is there a hold tank for water and septic ? I could not find this info in the article although I s'pose it wouldn't take a genius to figure it out ! I would certainly live in one or two of these units for a long time! peace LLS

10:06AM PDT on May 14, 2013

nice for fine weather and the daytime, but for me won't use it for the night time... But really nice and creative

6:06AM PDT on May 13, 2013


9:36AM PDT on May 11, 2013

Amazing .. !

9:06AM PDT on May 11, 2013

Think I'll pass . . . .

4:58AM PDT on May 11, 2013

Wow! I want one

add your comment

Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

people are talking

I find that sex just complicates things. Not that I don't enjoy sex or haven't had great sex it's j…

Whatever makes people happy and healthy is "normal", IMO. I wouldn't care about what others say.


Select names from your address book   |   Help

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.