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Port-A-Bach Shipping Container Tiny House

This is a 20′ shipping container tiny house called the Port-a-Bach by Atelierworkshop Architects in New Zealand.

It’s a self contained little cabin designed and built to serve a family of four (on vacation) with a unique fold out deck.

Inside you’ll find bunk beds and a murphy-style bed. The living area is meant to be enjoyed outside (on the deck).

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Port-A-Bach 20′ Shipping Container Tiny House


Images © Paul McCredie/Atelierworkshop








Images © Paul McCredie/Atelierworkshop


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  • Avatar Martha October 27, 2014, 2:24 pm

    I sort of like it, but would like to see more pictures; for example, “head on” photos of the kitchen area. I’ve looked over the photos a number of times and must have missed where the murphy bed would be; exactly what is in the kitchen – I see what looks to be a cooking burner or maybe two; is that the fridge underneath the cooktop?

    I’d just like a little more info and photos of it as I’m really intrigued with the idea of converting containers into dwellings.

    Okay, before hitting the “Submit” button I went through the photos one last time and think I see the Murphy bed. Showing some straight on photos of the side walls would make it easier to understand, and even better, a floor plan would help.

  • Avatar LK October 27, 2014, 5:09 pm

    This is beautiful but meant for people with beautiful bodies! Mine was not the kind you would put on display when I was young and now … But this place is eye candy, though not practical in some aspects.

  • Avatar Dawn October 28, 2014, 12:19 am

    Definitely no mosquitoes there! lol I think it is functional if you have a vacation spot for it that is predictable weather-wise as far as rain, heat, and humidity… and four people who are very easy going. 😉 Could use a door on that bathroom, though.

  • Avatar Carol October 28, 2014, 7:22 am

    For those of you commenting on privacy issues, if you look at the ceiling there are 3 or 4 screens that pull down for privacy.

  • Avatar CathyAnn January 28, 2015, 8:01 pm

    I just can’t see 4 people there unless two were small children. This place just isn’t practical. The “bed” on the open doors… I notice a cover placed over it leaving the doors open. Not secure, not good if there’s wildlife near, human and animal. This design just isn’t for me.

  • Avatar Malcolm Halls January 29, 2015, 4:14 am

    Cathyanne, down here in New Zealand we are lucky with wild life etc no real problem ones, no snakes, mozzies are not a real problem, in the country in the South Island where I live we can still park our car and leave unlocked, my house is always open and un locked, my vehicles are parked with keys in them, how long this will last for! Hope for my lifetime , it’s a fantastic place to live. I have just started looking at tiny house and find it very interisting, you all have a lovley day. Malcolm… Oxford new zealand

    • Avatar Alex January 29, 2015, 10:41 am

      Sounds amazing thanks for sharing Malcolm

    • Avatar Rev August 13, 2016, 6:36 pm

      Malcolm Halls:
      In Europe and America, muzzies are doing their worst to be a real problem.

      • Avatar Eric August 14, 2016, 5:08 am

        Well then Rev, you don’t have a problem do you? If they are doing their worst, well they aren’t succeeding are they? LOL

  • Avatar Susanne November 25, 2015, 7:41 am

    Oh one of my least favorites. And Dirk from Purdue-hanging clothes outside requires low humidity which does not exist everywhere in the United States.

  • Avatar Large Marge August 13, 2016, 6:45 pm

    Bunk beds supported by one set of end doors. How fun! (We would add struts top and bottom to stabilize the doors in a breeze.)

    The deck brings the outside in, marrying the scenery with the interior, one with one. Five stars!

    Community space plus quiet zones for four adults. Thumbs up!

    This is liveable and easily-doable. Thanks!

  • Avatar ZACHARY E MOHRMANN August 13, 2016, 7:20 pm

    As I have said once before when we had the pleasure to view this house.. It looks very bright and airy, but I’m afraid come winter it maybe drafty with all the exterior openings… Closing all of them would make it very dark, and tombing afterwards I would think….

  • Avatar Eric August 14, 2016, 5:11 am

    Never mind… it is now a Museum piece. Quite why a museum would want it, unless they had a use it or lose it budget. I certainly hope that was not the reason.

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