10 Awesome ways to Repurpose Retired Shipping Containers

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10 Awesome ways to Repurpose Retired Shipping Containers

Rather than simply being abandoned in shipping yards, retired shipping containers have become building blocks for some fantastic architectural creations by innovative designers – homes, work spaces, hotels, shops, and more. For inspiration, take a look at these state-of-the-art container conversions…

An Industrial Style Office

This three-storey office block in Nordhavnen, Copenhagen, Denmark was built in three days with stacked shipping containers. The architectural designers left the containers’ original floors, surfaces, and imperfections – giving it an on-trend industrial feel. Walls were cut away to create space and allow natural light to flow and the insulated panels help beat icy temperatures. The best part – the entire office block can be dismantled and moved!

A Minimalist Hotel Room

This hotel – created from abandoned containers from the port in Antwerp, Belgium – is certainly accommodation with a difference! Not only does each suite comes complete with Hansgrohe rain shower, iPod docking station, and luxurious bed, but guests play hide-and-seek, locating their rooms via GPS as they are moved to unique locations!

A Colourful Classroom

In Visserhoek, Cape Town, 12 square metre classrooms converted from shipping containers provide under-privileged learners with a colourful, cheerful learning space. The unique roof design provides much needed ventilation, yet blocks out harsh sunlight.

A Funky Shop

Last year, Box Clever transformed shipping containers into shops for a non-profit organisation, AfricaIgnite, in Inanda, KwaZulu-Natal. These practical yet appealing retail stores provide crafters from the local community with a space to display and sell their hand-crafted wares.

A Travelling Museum

The Nomadic Museum is an ambitious transportable mobile museum constructed shipping containers and spanning and incredible 13 716 metres in length. The Nomadic Museum is the brainchild of award-winning designer, Shigeru Ban, who envisioned a touring exhibition that could showcase artworks in cities around the world – it’s designed to be easily dismantled and set up at its next destination.

A South African Spaza Shop

Informal convenience stores – spaza shops – are as uniquely South African as boerewors and braaivleis! Made from modified containers, these little stores are easy to deliver and ideally suited to entrepreneurs selling basic household goods, or even for setting up temporary food stalls at local events. Boxclever offers 2 sizes of spaza shops – 6 metre or 12 metre. Contact us for further information…

A Trendy Guest Room

This guest room in Texas is a comfortable haven with a mid-20th century feel – large windows and sliding doors overlooking a pretty garden and sunny patio where guests can relax and enjoy a sundowner. The roof-top garden and interior wood-panelled walls not only give this guest house a cosy feel, but keep it insulated, too.

A Pop-Up Restuarant

Temporary or pop-up restaurants around the world offer tourists and locals alike delicious food and beverages, for a limited time only. This quaint eatery, designed from a shipping container, was set up in Montreal, Canada in 2012.

An Art Sculpture

Yes, shipping containers have even been used to create art! This interesting piece can be found in Yamashita Park, Yokohama, Japan and comprises strategically stacked used shipping containers to make a powerful artistic statement!

A Post Modern Home

In our previous blog, we shared an amazing home built with re-purposed containers; and here’s another one…This architectural wonder, in New Jersey, New York, incorporates smaller, individual containers to serve as bedrooms, bathrooms, and living rooms. Massive sliding doors, windows and brickwork give it a contemporary, sophisticated look.

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