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Container House, Atlanta

Posted by Aloha Block On 5:59 PM

Atlanta Shipping Container House

These 32,000 pound containers, which decades ago shipped everything from furniture to clothes overseas, are now all sitting around taking up space.

Except, of course, for those that are being used to build disaster relief shelters or affordable housing, like this 1,920 square foot three-container structure in Atlanta.
What this place shows is one of the many outside-the-box design possibilities for these recycled containers. They can be stacked, laid side by side or arranged in less symmetrical and more creative ways. As a basic building block, the possibilities are pretty much endless. And all it takes is minor modifications — i.e., cutting out windows, like you see here — to make it your own.
Better still, the containers protect against hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and fires — and termites hate ‘em.
And down the line, when you need more space — just have another one shipped to you. It’s that easy.

This house, spotted on materialicious, was reportedly designed by Soren Ludwig of Global Peace Containers. If you haven’t seen their site, I highly recommend it.
They’re a not-for-profit org working to produce “sustainable housing and community buildings such as medical facilities, schools and neighborhood centers” out of retired containers.

Shipping container house. I want one. And I know you do, too.


  1. Aloha Block Said,

    Actually, the architect on this house was Francis Kirkpatrick, and my company did the structural design: Runkle Consulting, Inc. We’re working on a couple projects right now in Atlanta, GA. To be exact, we have one single family home that we will be designing as a demonstration project for a home builder, Myers Group LLC, and we have two proposals in for design of other jobs. One will that we submitted a proposal on is a dormitory/administrative facility for Rebox Green ( and the other is for an accessory structure for a house near Georgia Tech. In Dekalb County, we’re working on a proposal for a house near Stone Mountain. We also are getting a proposal together for the design of a house in Louisiana. Our website, covers a lot of the specific information on what we’re doing.

    Posted on November 23, 2009 at 6:08 PM

  2. Blogger Said,

    Who else wants a simple step-by-step blueprint to design and construct a container home from scratch? Build A Container Home From Scratch

    Posted on October 10, 2016 at 5:34 AM


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