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5 Surprising Uses for Shipping Containers

Monday, May 09, 2016

There is an increasing awareness of the innovative methods of using shipping containers. These containers are versatile and are used to construct any building imaginable. Owning a ‘bach’ is quintessential to the Kiwi beach lifestyle. Therefore, we will explore and focus on the leisure uses for shipping containers from the ‘bach’ to the artistic retreat. Here are five recreational uses for shipping containers.

Bach Beach Home

In more recent years the humble Kiwi bach has been replaced by the modern holiday home. We are all working longer hours, and look forward to escaping the noise and busyness of city life. Have you considered building a beach hut using shipping containers? A breathtaking beach hut with views of the magnificent Mc Gregor Bay designed by Crosson Clarke Carnachan has four bedrooms. The beach home has a large spacious open plan living space, indoor-outdoor flow for the long warm New Zealand summer days. The beach container home is cladded with natural timber and complements the environment, native bush and Coromandel mountains.

Camping Hut

A camping container created by Joel from HyBrid Arc, an American, converted a container for King County Parks in Washington. King Country Parks (200 parks) spans over 26, 000 acres of land in Carnation, Washington. They say this is the first eco-friendly camping container constructed, built with recycled and sustainable materials. A 20-foot shipping container was used and can accommodate a family of four.


A design company in the UK that specialises in converting shipping containers transformed the shipping containers into a relaxing and fun bar in London. They designed and created a lovely atmosphere with a log fire for those cold wintry nights. The Docklounge is built and made of two 40-foot containers and one Hi-cube 40-foot container was modified to form a spacious room. The décor and furnishings transform it into a space that looks like a warm, inviting ski-lodge.

Artistic Retreat

If painting the town red isn’t your style then maybe spending time at a countryside retreat is more appropriate. Cove Park, artists, retreat in Scotland surrounded by 40 acres of rural landscape. The Park consists of 9 retreats. Each retreat built out of a shipping container. Individual containers have an en-suite and have views of the well-known Loch Long. Each container was retro-fitted off site, hence only took four days to install on-site.


SOAK a company in San Francisco, wants to convert recycled shipping containers and create portal spas that are easily transported to other locations when required. Reusing shipping containers as portable spas are not only for aesthetic purposes, and its durability but to restrict the dependency of massive infrastructure. Efficiently retrofitted, effortlessly transported and cost efficient, ideal for short terms projects lasting for a few years. SOAK is earnest about the environment and come with solar panels and a greywater recycling system.

Do you want to put shipping containers to good use? Contact our team of experts or fill out our quick quote online form.

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