The humble shipping container has found a new use. Over 2,00,00,000 containers are being adapted to new uses. Right from homes, offices, schools, shops, stages, and many many more. These containers are gathering more popularity ass they have the industrial look that is always popular with a lot of people. Container reuse is also sustainable, especially when you think about the energy-intensive process of melting them down for recycling. Some container architecture projects take advantage of the mobility of the container, others because it could be a very DIY project. Many companies are engaging in creative reuses for making modifications that meet building codes and streamlining processes.
As with any material or building unit, there is going to be a specific project, client, and site needs and considerations. Individual containers come in standard sizes, which can be an advantage and a disadvantage depending on the desired program and layout requirements. In places where containers are cheap and the climate is ideal, adaptations can be easier and well worth doing.
Here are a few examples of how the have been used around the world.