Multipurpose Container House With A Sleek Floating Roof

Inspired by their client’s need for a warehouse space, the architects and designers at Constanza DomÍnguez C. and Plannea Arquitectura managed to create something really using recycled shipping containers. The project was completed in 2019 in Chile and makes use of two containers which are positioned parallel to each other with a 6 meter gap in between. The result is a container home with a unique twist. They serve different purposes but ultimately the entire structure as a whole is defined by lots of versatility and flexibility. One of the containers houses two bedrooms and a bathroom while the other one is a big open space which can be used for a variety of different purposes, including as a workshop, office or a gathering space.

The project makes use of a 40´STD shipping container used for the warehouse section and a 40'HC container for the living areaView in gallery
The project makes use of a 40´STD shipping container used for the warehouse section and a 40’HC container for the living area

The way in which the two containers are connected is through a large metal roof which extends over both of them, creating a sheltered area at the center which serves as a transitional space. The roof is placed at an angle and covers both containers entirely, being supported by metal stilts attached to the tops of the containers and to the ground. The open area in between is once again multifunctional. The containers feature wood cladding which adds warmth to their design. The one which houses the bedrooms also has large windows which frame views of the surroundings and connect the interior areas to the outside world. The entire project as a whole has a very low environmental impact. In addition to making use of shipping containers, the designers also incorporated reclaimed pallet furniture into the spaces, thus keeping the cost low and emphasizing the eco-friendly nature of the project even more.

The two containers are facing each other and form a large open space at the centerView in gallery
The two containers are facing each other and form a large open space at the center
The angled roof extends over and beyond the two containers and creates a shelter area in between themView in gallery
The angled roof extends over and beyond the two containers and creates a shelter area in between them
Two hanging chairs are attached to the roof beams, adding a casual and relaxing vibe to the outdoor sectionView in gallery
Two hanging chairs are attached to the roof beams, adding a casual and relaxing vibe to the outdoor section
The interior of this container feels very warm and cozy and makes use of lots of woodView in gallery
The interior of this container feels very warm and cozy and makes use of lots of wood
Large windows connect the interior spaces to the outdoors and let in sunlight and beautiful viewsView in gallery
Large windows connect the interior spaces to the outdoors and let in sunlight and beautiful views
The wood cladding on the exterior contrasts with the metal surfaces and softens the industrial nature of the containersView in gallery
The wood cladding on the exterior contrasts with the metal surfaces and softens the industrial nature of the containers
The covered outdoor area is a multifunctional space perfect for lounging and relaxingView in gallery
The covered outdoor area is a multifunctional space perfect for lounging and relaxing
Numerous fruit pallets were upcycled into furniture, reinforcing the low environmental impact of this entire projectView in gallery
Numerous fruit pallets were upcycled into furniture, reinforcing the low environmental impact of this entire project
One of the container is closed off and lacks windows which gives it a warehouse-like look inside and outView in gallery
One of the container is closed off and lacks windows which gives it a warehouse-like look inside and out
The roof is not directly attached to any of the two containers and is an almost independent structureView in gallery
The roof is not directly attached to any of the two containers and is an almost independent structure
The main advantages of using shipping containers include recycling, increased construction speed and a reduced cost for the entire projectView in gallery
The main advantages of using shipping containers include recycling, increased construction speed and a reduced cost for the entire project
The overall design of this unusual house shows strong modern influences combined with a bit of industrial flairView in gallery
The overall design of this unusual house shows strong modern influences combined with a bit of industrial flair
Versatility and flexibility are the driving forces behind the design of this houseView in gallery
Versatility and flexibility are the driving forces behind the design of this house
By adding wood cladding to the exterior the architects created the feeling of a homeView in gallery
By adding wood cladding to the exterior the architects created the feeling of a home
The transformation of the containers was drastic which renders them almost unrecognizableView in gallery
The transformation of the containers was drastic which renders them almost unrecognizable