The first shipping container factory in Greece created to build Villa at Boutique Hotel Xionata Kefalonia

The use of classic product transport containers for the construction of minimal design houses is a very big, rising trend in architecture.

From detached houses and luxury villas, to office buildings and hotel complexes, the metal container has become the raw material for the creation of spaces of high aesthetics and functionality that are at the same time flexible in construction and completely anti-seismic.

In our minds we have identified the containers with construction sites, ugly constructions or with the temporary camps for earthquake victims. The misunderstood container, as you will see in the following tribute, is a clever raw material that can create impressive architectures with a special design and innovative character. Container houses, small villas of bioclimatic architecture, either externally retain their metallic style giving a hi-tech character to the house, or are invested with a thermal facade and no one can understand that internally the construction has been completed using containers. However, these are constructions that reduce the cost a lot, but offer comfort, ergonomics and functionality.

Villa at Boutique Hotel Xionata in Kefalonia, Container Homes GBR

In the village of Chionata of Kefalonia, in the southeastern part of the island, the first hotel in Greece is built entirely made of containers.

The project is signed by the company Container Homes and the project is supervised by Dimitris Lykokapis and Efstratios Paslis. The hotel consisting of self-contained villas has such a minimal, impressive design that you can not if you do not know that it is made with containers. Container Home, with 15 years of experience in the construction of metal buildings.

“The experience in the construction of composite structures gave us the opportunity to deal with the design and construction of frame buildings by Shipping Containers. After a long training of our staff and the team of engineers in Germany, the first container frame factory was created in Greece for main use buildings. The idea of ​​creating constructions from containers started in the United States with the purpose of an ecological and economical home. Our company managed to develop the idea and adapt it to European standards, utilizing the benefits of a metal construction and especially a static construction with high strength, such as the Shipping Container “explains Dimitris Lykokapis.

The resulting style is minimal, with clean lines and strict angles. The containers are very durable, as they are made so that they are not affected by moisture and their contents remain unchanged even in the event of a shipwreck. The cost of constructing a container building is much lower than the corresponding cost of concrete. For this reason this choice is the last word in bioclimatic architecture and is a very big trend.

Portable cabin in Poland, by Adam Wiercinski / Wiercinski studio

This house in the city of Poznan, Poland, consists of two raised containers temporarily placed on a plot next to the Szelagowski Park, composing a functional shelter that does not lack at all the comforts of a typical luxury design house. The owners of the constantly moving 55 sqm cabin are people who love nomadic life, travel constantly and change their place of residence often. Since they work from home, constant commuting is possible and is a way out of the commitments of modern life.

Their smart home is simple, with a Scandinavian-style décor and has two interconnecting spaces: a room that houses the iniox kitchen and living room, and a room with a bedroom and a bathroom.

Large closets have been placed in the corridor that connects these two spaces. The two containers, which have dimensions of 12 × 2.5 meters and a height of 2.9 meters, are transported by crane and placed on steel beams, while a wooden platform with a ladder, like the constructions used in concert halls, ensures both access to the house as well as a very comfortable terrace for relaxation at all hours. The whole process of transporting and assembling the house takes only one day.

Villa Mac & Ham house in Bangkok, of the architectural office Walllasia Ltd

In a quiet neighborhood of bustling Bangkok, Thailand, is this container-built metal villa that owes its name to the family’s two pets, Mac and Ham.

The luxurious and spacious house that exudes a ZEN air, thanks to the teak wood that dominates in all areas, but also in the lush garden of the plot on which it is assembled, is 245 sq.m. The containers have been placed and “tied” together so that to compose an L-shape, an arrangement that helps all spaces to enjoy from their large windows the view of the shady garden, the large trees and the ivy that climbs the paddock hiding the house from the prying eyes of passers-by.

The containers on the first floor house the kitchen, the dining room, the living room, as well as a bathroom and auxiliary storage spaces, while those on the second floor have the master bedroom, which has its own bathroom and walking closet. A children’s studio is located on an intermediate level, so that they can feel independent, but without being cut off from the plot. The unifying element in all these containers that compose the living spaces of the house is the teak floor that creates an interesting continuity from the inside to the outside. An outdoor raised floor is located in the heart of the house, reminiscent of its paths and flower beds full of pebbles, an oriental garden of ZEN.

Whitaker studio villa in Starburst House, California

A container fan, a disassembled, weird Rubik’s cube thrown into the desert of Joshua Tree National Park in California.

This is the futuristic Starburst House designed and implemented by the London architectural studio Whitaker. As an observatory looking in all directions, north, south, east and west, the container rooms of this whitewashed residence enjoy a unique view of a protected landscape of wild beauty.

The value of the house, despite the fact that it is made entirely of white containers joined together, is astronomical, reaching close to $ 3.5 million. This special 200 sqm villa that looks futuristic includes three bedrooms, a large kitchen and an impressive minimal living room that looks like a modern art gallery.

Amagansett Modular Villa in the Hamptons, New York, by MB Architecture

A New Yorker couple with three children built their cottage on a triangular, wooded plot of land in the Hamptons, New York. They wanted a functional modern building that follows the latest trends in architecture and design.
The plot because it is located at the top of a hill has some difficulties in construction, so the architects of the MB Architecture office offered the couple a solution that was innovative, as it was a rising trend in the construction of smart homes and at the same time an economical and practical solution. Thus, they accepted the construction proposal using several containers joined together. The result is very impressive!

Villa Amagansett looks hi-tech and modern on the outside, thanks to the exposed metal surfaces of the containers, while on the inside all surfaces are white, lined with cement boards and fully insulated for heat and cold. The house includes four bedrooms, three bathrooms, kitchen, utility storage and home organization, and of course an impressive bright living room. The outdoor areas are wonderful, with small cool oases around the pool, for reading in the shade of the trees, sunbathing, swimming and BBQ.

C-home villa on the Hudson River in New York, by LOT-EK architectural studio

This two-story house, located in a quiet suburb north of New York along the Hudson River, is home to a family with two children.

The couple wanted a prefabricated house right away so they would not waste time coordinating workshops and monitoring construction work. So he chose a ready-made, prefabricated house plan, made with a container that would only take a week to assemble.

The C-home villa consists of six containers, has spaces of 178 sqm with large windows that allow natural light to invade the interior offering a sense of well-being and tranquility in every corner. On the ground floor there is an open space with living room, dining room and kitchen on the ground floor and two spacious bedrooms, like suites with their own bathroom and walking closet on the first floor. The exteriors have been lined with a raised teak deck and grass has been planted in the ground around it.

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