• Location : Kochadai, Madurai
  • Land Area : 12,250 sq.ft
  • Build Up Area : 1700 sq.ft
  • Client Name : Karthik
  • Year : 2021
  • Architecture Design : Banyan Architects & Designer

One of the more niche trends in sustainable design of the past few years has been the re-use of shipping containers in order to create the structure of a building. Due to their convenient size, shipping containers are well-suited for use in houses and their appeal lies in their apparent simplicity: you get a room delivered in one piece, and you can stack them together to make multiple rooms or join them up to make larger rooms.

But of course, things are never so simple, and using shipping containers to make a house is still fraught with challenges – particularly as the idea is still relatively new, so there are few people with the expertise required to build one without a hitch. That’s why the folks over at Container Home Plans reached out to 23 experts from around the world – designers and owners who have overcome the challenges to build their own container houses –

The Two containes are placed adjacent to each other. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors and windows were added to the shipping container, including a heating and air-conditioning system, a green roof, a small sink, shower and toilet. Spray-foam was used between the exterior walls and interior bamboo for insulation to protect the interiors from gaining too much heat hence creating thermal comfort. The whole container home is placed on a base made from recycled telephone poles. The interior of the house has a contemporary feel and look intentionally designed for by the artist with large windows that bring in daylight. The designer opted not to repaint the shipping containers as a reminder of their industrial.