Best Shipping Container Offices

Case Studies


Recently we shared 7 Surprising Uses for Shipping Containers which included swimming pools, hospitals, schools, and offices, to name only a few! Today we are going to continue with this theme and show you the Top 10 Shipping Container Offices.

1. Tony’s Organic Food Farm

Tony’s organic food farm was built in Shanghai in 2011. The original concept was produced by the design company Playze, who thought to use more than twenty shipping containers to create the coolest office we’ve seen in a long time! The office contains a VIP area, warehouse, and a welcome lobby for visitors and guests.

The containers have been stacked to allow outdoor meetings areas, which means employees of Tony’s organic food farm can work outside surrounded by nature. The outdoor space is hardly needed though, since the containers provide more than 10,000 square feet of office space.

Source: retaildesignblog

2. The Box Office

All the way back in 2009, plans were released to build The Box Office in Rhode Island. Joe Haskett, from Distill Studio, led the design of the office block which was made using thirty-two shipping containers. The construction of the building now provides twelve offices ranging from 640 square feet up to 2,560 square feet.

Source: Inhabitat

3. Riverside Building Offices

If you explore the London Docklands, just outside canary wharf area, you will find some impressive shipping container offices. Riverside Building Offices are part of the Container City project.

The structure of the offices is made using seventy-three shipping containers which were delivered and stacked in place in under sixteen days! In total, the office block has five stories and is home to two dozen separate offices.

Each office has double glazed windows and an external balcony. The office block uses rainwater harvesting technology to reduce its environmental footprint.

Source: containercity

4. Royal Wolf Head Office

Royal Wolf is an Australian company which sells shipping containers. So, what better way for them to show the versatility of shipping containers than to build their own office out of them? The offices were designed by Room 11, and were officially unveiled in 2013.

The design utilizes both 20 and 40-foot shipping containers. The containers have been welded together, providing some impressive open plan collaborative work spaces.

The exterior of the containers has been left untouched, which is a nice tribute to the origin of containers. If you’re ever in Melbourne, be sure to drop by to visit these innovative buildings.

Source: Royal Wolf

5. The Sugoroku Office

Daiken-Met is an architectural firm based in Japan. Back in 2012, they were having difficulties finding a suitable office building, so they decided to build their own using shipping containers.

They leased a plot of land in Gifu, Japan and before long they had built their three story office complex.

The real ingenuity of the office building is its steel structural grid. The the containers are held together using the steel grid without needing a foundation. In addition, the office unit can be dissembled and moved to another location once their lease has run out!

Source: Tree Hugger

6. MVP Offices

Marketing Via Postal Group, Inc, based in Santa Ana, California, had a large unused warehouse and wanted to build smaller offices inside the warehouse.

Instead of using traditional cubicles, they opted to convert used, 20-foot shipping containers. Ten containers were used and MVP employees converted the containers themselves.

The containers were purchased for $1,000 each and a further $3,000 was spent equipping them with electricity, heating and air conditioning.

The warehouse now has nine offices plus a kitchen and bathroom. Not only that, but MVP is saving thousands per month in energy costs because they no longer have to heat the entire warehouse.

Source: MVP Group

7. bL Office

Design firm , building LAB, inc. was founded in 2005 by Stephen Shoup. They quickly outgrew their original office. While looking for a quick way to expand, they toyed with the idea of a shipping container office.

The decided to use two containers in an L-shape which were then clad with reclaimed redwood. The containers were insulated using wooden frames and fiberglass.

The office uses a water-based radiant heating system which is powered by two solar thermal panels. Stephen estimates that the office cost around $150 per square foot to build.

Source: building LAB inc

8. CC4441

Tomokazu Hayakawa, a Japanese architect led the design of this tiny office located in Torigoe, Tokyo.

The office was built by stacking two used, 40foot shipping containers on top of each other. The base container has been cut in half to create two separate rooms on the ground floor and the second container can be accessed via an external staircase.

The containers provide over 390 square feet of office space and took around two months to build.

Source: Tomokazu Hayakawa Architects

9. Cove Park

Cove Park was built by the same company who constructed the Riverside Building Offices. It is a fifty acre retreat based in Scotland made specifically for artists who want to surround themselves with the stunning wildlife.

The original park was built in 2002 with only three accommodation units, but in 2006 the park was expanded to a total of nine units. Each container has an en-suite and access to a balcony which leads out onto Lake Loch Long!

Source: containercity

10. The Wanaselja Office

Last, we want to focus on the home office built by Karl Wanaselja and Cate Leger. Karl and Cate decided to use a shipping container purchased from their local port of Oakland. The home office was constructed using a used, 40-foot, refrigerated shipping container.

They chose to use the container because Oakland is prone to earthquakes, so using containers would reduce the risk of their office being destroyed in an earthquake. Because their container was designed as a refrigerated container, they did not have to add insulation.

Source: jetsongreen

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