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387 Sq. Ft. Modern Stacked Shipping Containers

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I thought you, like me, would also enjoy this 387 sq. ft. (36 sqm) modern stacked shipping container.

Designed by Tomokazu Hayakawa Architects in Torigoe, Taitō, Tokyo, Japan. Engineering was done by Ejiri Structural Engineers and construction by C3 design.

Although this is not a tiny home or even a small home it’s actually designed to be a small office and gallery in this old downtown area. Either way I thought it was so cool that I should share it with you.

387 Sq. Ft. Modern Stacked Shipping Container


Images © Tomokazu Hayakawa Architects

While you look at it just imagine what it would be like to turn it into your own dream small living space in whatever location you desire…

Then if you want to… Share your vision with us in the comments down below. But most of all enjoy the tour:

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Images © Tomokazu Hayakawa Architects

Don’t you think a similar design would be great for a small modern off grid cabin in the woods or the mountains? I’d absolutely love to convert this container set up into a modern cabin for simple living. Let me know if you agree in the comments below.

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  • June 19, 2014, 8:26 pm

    I’m building a container home right now, I love them.

    Interesting that they have braced the one on top that has the entire end cut out, make sense I suppose. But can anyone tell me how they close the doors?

    • john
      June 19, 2014, 10:22 pm

      Containers vary widely aside from the external dimensions which are international standard…doors vary to allow for tight loads to enter and exit like that shown…imagine an ‘L’ shaped hinge that allows the door to be kept from interfering with a loading dock it’s backed flush to, or to allow oversized pallets to be passed through…some even have garage style roll up doors placed on the ends or on the sides to remove entire walls for loading or unload odd shaped cargo or access limitations.
      I have seen cargo containers that are ‘soft sided’ with heavy water proof fabric sides or ends but still have steel structures to be stacked and craned into position on ships or trucks.
      Aside from external dimensions, attachment points, and structural tolerances, shipping containers are fantastically adaptable to whatever can be imagined.

    • heath
      September 29, 2021, 2:11 pm

      I’d love to know the options and cost of that type of unit on farmland in W.VA?

  • Rebecca
    June 20, 2014, 1:52 am

    I like this, I like the black and white look. I am going with my native stone but I like modern and this speaks artistically. My stone house will not be rustic on the interior.

  • jerryd
    June 20, 2014, 6:13 am

    for less money you can build a far better one from scratch without the serious limitations containers impose.

    And since you have to make an insulating wall roof, etc inside or out or you’ll roast, freeze, just leave out the container.

    • Darleen
      June 21, 2014, 10:02 am

      we have a 40′ shipping container in SW Florida that we use for feed and storage. In it’s previous life it was an office. It is very well insulated and with a dehumidifier in the summer it doesn’t get all that hot. I would convert this into a home in a flash. 90 degrees + and extremely humid–not a problem. Is a regular built house termite proof? Hurricane proof? Is it rated so strong that explosives could be stored in it? Not that I plan on any explosives, just the STRENGTH of the container is awsome! If you haven’t experienced it don’t dismiss the possibilities…

      • jerryd
        June 21, 2014, 12:43 pm

        Hi Darlene, well you have what I said you needed, an insulated wall around it. But if starting from scratch, building without a containers is better in many ways and less costly.

        I’m just SE of Tampa so know both temp and hurricane problems.

        While the container might be stronger than a normal house, many not normal homes are stronger, mostly made from various light to heavy cement methods. I have built cement sailboats boats this way. And hoping to build a floating village in Tampa Bay with TH’s made the same way.

        Nor are containers as strong as you think. Only the mating points are spec’ed to be strong. The rest is whatever they want, even open or tarps.

        You could likely pour a full cement house for the cost of the container and insulating it, etc.

        Another lower cost way would be piling earth around a container to keep it warm, cool and what I’d do if one dropped into my hands.
        But sitting inside right now instead of working because my shed with a metal roof at noon was already too hot to work under even open on 3 sides, much less inside a container.

  • Michelle Basile
    June 20, 2014, 6:18 pm

    I want to have a tiny house like the one’s on trailer’s. I want to find out how to get started. Do I hire an architect? Does the architect higher builders?
    Michelle Basile
    St. Louis, MO

  • Steve G
    August 13, 2014, 12:44 pm

    The article doesn’t list the cost, without land, to build the container home. Unless you live in a crowded city like NY or Chicago and you could get zoning approval, I will bet it cost way more than most people would pay for a container home. I see some of these tiny, one or two containers joined together homes costing over $100K without land.

  • Lisa E.
    August 13, 2014, 12:54 pm

    You have to be a certain personality type or be young and single to have this kind of living be enough. I have too many hobbies and I’m a collector. I’m having to give up several of my interests in order to be eligible for TH living.
    Not just anyone will do this. If I were young I wouldn’t be downsizing but as a Senior it is part of Estate Planning.

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