Most buildings made out of shipping containers are created to offer affordable housing using prefabricated or recycling methods. A new house built out of 31 new shipping containers, however, aims to serve as a new style of durable, long-lasting high-end luxury home.
Completed last July, the stunning home located in the Brisbane suburb of Graceville was designed and built by Australian architect Todd Miller of Zeigler Build using 31 shipping containers. That made it the largest residence of its kind in Australia.
According to the architect, the three-story structure required the use of new containers to guarantee the quality of the product. Unused containers have no racking and their form is perfectly preserved.
“When it comes to recycled containers, if I was doing a single storey home and it was a beach shack, I would probably use recycled containers, but for a three-storey structure, I really needed the brand new containers,” he explained.
Built on a 706 square metre lot, the project features clean lines, open spaces and quality finishes throughout its three levels, and boasts a total floor area of 520 square metres. The construction took less than six months to be completed thanks to the use of containers, which only needed to be transported and craned into place.
The interior layout is based on the measurements of the shipping containers; each is six metres long by 2.4 metres wide. The ground floor includes a garage for two cars, a gym, a workshop, a studio/home office, and a rumpus/pool room connected to a large decked area and a swimming pool. The next floor up features the social areas, including a living/dining room with an incorporated kitchen and a studio.
The house includes four bedrooms, of which three are on the first level. The master bedroom occupies the entire upper level and features a large walk-in wardrobe and a private ensuite bathroom with an exclusive tiled mural. Other features include a mezzanine reading room and a pull out queen wall bed in the rumpus room.
The rear facade is a combination of corrugated steel walls and street art, inspired by the idea of old stacked containers. Both inside and outside and inside the house, a mix of materials that includes glass, metal, wooden floors and steel structures helps to maximise natural light and to achieve an industrial yet warm and cosy ‘chic’ effect.
The transition between the interior and outdoors was a key focal point in the home's design. As a result, outdoor spaces for relaxing and entertaining are incorporated throughout the different levels, maximising the advantages of the tropical Queensland climate and allowing inhabitants and guests to enjoy an uninterrupted visual connection with the river and its cooling breezes, as well as with the verdant surrounding landscape.
The house has a lifetime engineer guarantee, and the solid shipping containers used to create the sturdy steel structure make the house highly resilient to extreme weather conditions such as floods or cyclones.