Shipping container universe

June 18, 2012 | By | Comments (5)

Cargotecture, the ultimate in upcycling. Think shipping container + architecture + a lair for the uncommon. First it was homes like this, the Tim Palen Studio in Joshua Tree:

Photo by Jack Parsons Photography

Now we’re even seeing cargotecture restaurants like Aprisa, a Mexican joint in Southeast Portland that’s opening a second location in Peoria, AZ:

Rendering courtesy of Aprisa

And new camping structures, like the one under construction at Tolt MacDonald Park in Carnation, Washington (from the same firm that designed Sunset’s shipping container home). “The idea was to create a fully sustainable camping structure that the public can rent that’s pretty much indestructible,” says Ryan Dotson of King County Parks.

Rendering courtesy of HyBrid Architecture

Even a soon-to-be LEED certified Starbucks drive-through (check out the gorgeous screens featuring women picking coffee beans):

Photos by Tom Ackerman for Starbucks


  1. Rolcontainer

    Hey Nice container post. It’s really great information for shipping container.But let me know which country are you provide container shipping service. Thanks for sharing…

    February 8, 2015 at 10:42 pm
  2. Ashley Reed

    Who would have thought there was so much you could do with shipping containers. I should get one for the backyard. I’m not sure what I would use it for yet. I think maybe a guest house, or a sleepover room for the kids.

    November 21, 2014 at 2:40 pm
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  5. mobile storage Los Angeles

    Thanks for this great post it really shows the different uses for used shipping containers. The converted Starbucks store has to be the best one!

    October 10, 2012 at 3:26 pm

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