Shipping containers by far outlive their cargo carrying usefulness. A typical container will be retired in about 5 years after which it’s abandoned and left to lie idle in a shipyard for years.
This is the main reason why shipping container renovation has become increasingly popular around the world.
But in recent times, these strong boxes have started gaining the recognition they deserve for their durability, light weight, adaptability, ease of stacking and low cost. It is this realisation that is fuelling the container recycling trend.
Over the past few years, we have seen containers modified into homes, stores and much more.
The possibilities seem endless with the only limitation being our imagination.
To illustrate just how much shipping containers are shaping our everyday lives, we have compiled a list of 20 uses modified shipping containers have been put into.
1. Shipping container homes. We have done a couple of posts in regard to this particular use of the shipping container. It is one of the areas that containers are increasingly being used due to their low cost.
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2. Offices. Cargo containers have long been converted into offices and especially for on-site use. They are easy to construct and mobile.
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3. Emergency hospitals. These are like ambulances but more self-contained. They can be moved to disaster struck areas as part of the relief efforts.
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4. Portable toilets. This is one of the more common uses of shipping containers as they offer hygienic sanitation facilities in remote locations.
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5. Vacation homes. Cargo containers offer an inexpensive yet elegant solution for vacation accommodation.
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6. Bars. Intermodal shipping containers are being modified to create beautiful bars with an outdoor ambience.
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7. Student housing facilities. With the ever increasing number of students, learning institutions such as universities are struggling to cope with the high demand for accommodation. Shipping containers are providing a cheap solution.
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8. Swimming pools. Cargo containers make for excellent pools without the need to alter their original depth or length.
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9. Campers. Modified shipping containers are gaining popularity with the camping crowd as these structures are able to offer high levels of comfort and security in the wilderness.
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10. Indoor gardens/ nurseries. In yet another innovative trend, shipping containers are being converted into farms and nurseries.
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11. Car parks and garages. The space constraints of the modern world are making us think outside the box to create more space in our lives. It is these constraints that have seen the ingenious use of shipping containers as garages and car parks.
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12. Cafes. Cargo containers are being used to create chic cafes all over the world.
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13. Children’s centres. Shipping containers are being used to create playing spaces for kids like this one in Melbourne.
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14. Hotels. Cargo containers are finding an alternative niche as the base structures for hotel construction in many parts of the world.
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15. Workshops. Limited space at home for work has led to the transformation of intermodal shipping containers into alternative workplaces.
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16. Cold storage. Cargo containers are being modified to provide refrigerated/freezer storage for perishable goods.
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17. Temporary stores. Once in a while you’ll need extra storage space. Shipping containers offer the best solution.
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18. Dangerous goods storage. Dangerous goods that could cause harm to the environment or animals need to be stored safely. Shipping containers offer a great solution.
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19. Stores. Shipping containers are being used by entrepreneurs all over the world to create beautiful, modern stores.
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20. Schools. Constructing traditional buildings for schools can be quite expensive. Shipping containers are being used as a cheap alternative to classroom construction.
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