Four shipping containers become affordable, eco-friendly Australian home

Four shipping containers become affordable, eco-friendly Australian home

Photo courtesy of Inhabitat

Four steel containers once used for shipping products around the world have been repurposed as the structure for a new home in Australia. 

The residence on the country’s south coast, designed by architectural firm Matt Elkan Architect, includes several sustainable features in order to make the shipping container house as environmentally friendly as possible, reports Inhabitat.

Among those features:

  • Low-E windows
  • Recycled doors
  • Water collection and storage system

Although keeping the budget as low as possible was a priority, minimizing the home’s environmental impact was important as well, Elkan said. There was no excavation on the landscape. The containers were laid out strategically to take advantage of natural lighting and passive temperature control. 

Natural wood insulation was used on the flat roof, and the residence does not include any VOC finishes. 

The 1,000-square-foot home that sleeps up to 10 people. Unlike some shipping container homes, the design shows the shipping container aesthetic throughout the exterior and interior, designers said. The home’s exterior was painted dark gray, and the doors were left in their original state with script that marks their weight and shipping details.

The interior walls were painted in a glossy white with a few accent walls made of blonde wood, which was also used for the ceiling and flooring. Many of the floor-to-ceiling windows can be concealed by the large shipping container doors. 

The living space opens up to a wooden deck to further blend the home’s interior with its exterior.


Topics: Building Green, Cost of Ownership, Sustainable Products

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