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Issue 70 · Spring Fling · April 29, 2013

A Shipping Container Transformed Into the Ultimate Holiday House

Issue 70 · Spring Fling · April 29, 2013

Sometimes when I wake in the middle of the night, I obsess about the zillions of shipping containers in the world (when I am not obsessing over bills, tomorrow's commute, or why I am not asleep). What happens, in the end, to all those corrugated metal boxes? Is there some graveyard where obsolete cargo containers go to be piled into a rusty, sad mountain of metal?

Maybe I should take a sleeping pill (I think at 3 am). Or get up and wander around Pinterest for a while until I feel sleepy or—

Well, will you look at this pin. A New Zealand architecture firm called Atelierworkshop has transformed a shipping container into a holiday house—a "bach" is what they call a vacation cabin in New Zealand, by the way, short for "bachelor pad"—and it has a foldout terrace, clever bunk beds, and a tiny kitchenette.

Photographs via Atelierworkshop.

portable bach vacation house in a shipping container

Above: This particular holiday house—a prototype for a design I'd very much like to see in mass production—is a "port-a-bach" because it doesn't have a permanent foundation. Move it to a nice sunny spot with a view.

portable bach vacation home in a shipping container new zealand

Above: Murphy-bed style bunks fold out for open-air sleeping.

shipping container converted to summer house bach

Above: The port-a-bach folds open, Barbie-Dream-House style, to reveal a patio (with a retractable awning and wind screens).

interior of shipping container summer house bach

Above: Indoors, the shipping container has a built-in wood paneled kitchenette and a shower heated by solar power.

shower stall in shipping container summer house

Above: Louvered doors aid ventilation.

view through window of shipping container converted to summer house bach

Above: Clever storage shelves don't obstruct the view.

shipping container convered by atelierworkshop to summer house bach

Above: Want, want, want.

I used to think shipping container cabins sounded like a crazy idea. But now I'm a convert. For another of my favorite shipping container campsites, see Little Cargo Container in the Big Woods.

 



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